Press Release

Contact: Lori Whalen

Phone: (949) 645-8489





Get Outta the ‘Hood and Into the Woods!

Teachers’ Night Out Makes Nurturing Nature A Reality for Students

Newport Beach, Calif., November 28, 2017 - The word going around is that Thanksgiving has turned into Thanks-taking, especially with the biggest shopping frenzy day starting before the turkey even has time to digest. So ENC has decided to give back by showing teachers, homeschoolers, naturalists, scout leaders and any adult who cares about this planet some fun and scientific ways to encourage children’s inherent fascination with the awesomeness of nature.

So come on out for another warm and friendly Teachers’ Night Out get-together at the Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach, and bring the goodness of giving back to nature into your homeschool and classroom. Nurture your students’ natural curiosity of all things nature and instill the giving spirit just in time for the holidays.

From 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, we’ll have our own after-hours walking tour of the Nature Center to discover fun and exciting things your students can do to give back. We’ll give you some good ideas and show you how to bring them to life as service-learning science projects that will make the holidays even more meaningful.

Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a light meal together, share our experience over a glass of wine and break out some s’mores ‘round the campfire!

It all adds up to a night of nurturing from nature that we can pay forward! And it’s only $10 apiece!

To register and purchase tickets, go to:

(ENC members free! To become a member, go to:

For more information, contact Lori Whalen, ENC Assistant Director, at 949-645-8489, ext. 103.


About the ENC

Founded in 1972, the ENC is a fascinating combination of 15 California native plant communities, wildlife habitat, walking trails, and sustainably designed, LEED Platinum certified learning center. For over 45 years, the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 3.5 acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 28,000 students and thousands of visitors annually, the ENC is recognized as a leader in science and social science education providing opportunities for increasing our community’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

The ENC is poised to begin construction on our community’s first nature based preschool and nature play area.  With a mission of providing quality education through hands-on experience with nature, the ENC inspires all generations to protect the natural world by serving as our community’s foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education.  The ENC is a non-profit 501(c)-3 public benefit corporation.  For more information call 949-645-8489, or visit The ENC is located at 1601 16th Street in Newport Beach.