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Founded in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center, known simply to thousands of visiting students through the years as “The ENC”, is a fascinating combination of 15 California native plant communities (ranging from desert, to oak woodland, to fresh...more
This is primarily a children’s attraction. There is a small building with exhibits about local wildlife and classrooms and a large are behind it with a very nice walking area and spaces for kids activities. Worth a visit with young children.
Phone in to inquire about their upcoming TK program. All I was told was to look it up online. Very impatient and eager to hang up the phone.
Definitely not going to enroll my kid in their program. Terrible attitude to say the least, what...More
Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Da K
Lori W, Public Relations Manager at Environmental Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2018
Hello Da K. I am so, so sorry that you had a bad experience with one of our volunteers who answers the phones. While I do recommend that they direct people to the website for more information, an impatient attitude is not only surprising but...More
Beautifully designed space right on the Bay with incredible look out points giving you a natural view of the majesty of a the dying estuary system in California. Only one of a handful of estuary's left in our beautiful state.
Date of experience: January 2017
Lori W, Public Relations Manager at Environmental Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017
Just to clarify, we are not located on the Bay. Our address is 1601 E. 16th Street, in Newport Beach. We're close to the Bay, but you cannot see it from here - although we do have beautiful views as well!
We took our almost three year old grand daughter here and spent a delightful morning with story telling, hike and craft in honor of earth day. While we enjoyed the 45 minute environmental hike the young children were restless and were more interested in climbing...More
Date of experience: April 2017
Lori W, Public Relations Manager at Environmental Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2017
Thank you for your kind words, Cyndi! We hope to see you back soon.
The Environmental Nature Center has been newly renovated. The new building is amazing. The trails outside take you through different ecosystems, they even have a section with Redwoods. They also have a Butterfly Pavillion.
This is a great place for kids to learn about nature. I took my pre school grandkids here they not only did they have a blast but learned a lot about respecting nature. They had an event at the time we went to this place....More