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Environmental Nature Center

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Great Walk, Especially withKids

This is primarily a children’s attraction. There is a small building with exhibits about local... read more

Reviewed April 10, 2019
Fletch1946
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Fair Haven, New Jersey
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Outdoor fun

There’s a walking trail and a fun room for kids. Plus select info on their wildlife, worth a visit... read more

Reviewed February 14, 2018
donnap342
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Apr 10, 2019
“Great Walk, Especially withKids”
Feb 14, 2018
“Outdoor fun”
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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
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1601 E 16th St, Newport Beach, CA 92663-5976
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Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Fletch1946
Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

There’s a walking trail and a fun room for kids. Plus select info on their wildlife, worth a visit. Cute hidden gem for those with kids.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank donnap342
Lori W, Manager at Environmental Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2018

Thanks for your kind words, Donna! Glad you enjoyed the Center.

Reviewed January 3, 2018

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

Reviewed July 10, 2017

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
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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!

Reviewed April 26, 2017

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
Thank RamblinRuby
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.

Reviewed August 24, 2016

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.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Shawna B
Reviewed July 30, 2016

be sure and stop by this fab place all year round. right in the middle of newport beach but you'd swear you were in the middle of a forest! cool stream runs right through the middle!

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank newportjane
Reviewed March 22, 2016

This is a great place to learn about nature, right in the middle of many other attractions, so that it's near many other things.

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Adam K
Reviewed October 24, 2015

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

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Maria2628
Reviewed August 2, 2015

We used to live in the area and homeschooled our children. This was such a great place to come and explore and have a picnic outside at the tables!

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank Roscam474
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