Press Release

Contact: Lori Whalen

Phone: (949) 645-8489





Environmental Nature Center hosts Teachers Night Out

Local educators will explore, socialize, learn, and relax at the ENC, after hours.

Newport Beach, Calif., June 26, 2018 – The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) has scheduled their 2018-19 “Teachers Night Out!” series. Local educators are invited to tour the five-acre Center and participate in hands-on activities that connect Nature to the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Admission is $5 and free for ENC members. The themes, dates, and guest speakers for the series are as follows:

September 27th: State Pride – Michelle Tollett, Calflora Communications and Outreach Director

October 18th: Fear Factor – Skie Bender, Education Outreach Specialist-California, Wolf Haven

November 8th: Water – Justin Finch, Water Use Efficiency Analyst from Mesa Water & Cindy Berglund, Rain Barrels Intl

December 13th: Plastic Problems – Anika Ballent, Education Director, Algalita

January 31st: Food Science

February 28th: Weather

March 28th: Citizen Science

April 25th: Native Plants

May 19th: Share-a-thon

Online registration will be available by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, but teachers are encouraged to mark their calendars now.

"The Teachers Night Out series is one of my favorite events to present each month," said ENC Outreach Coordinator Mindy Schwartz. "I love spending the afternoon with all kinds of educators, and seeing their enthusiasm as they learn exciting new hands-on ways to teach children about science and nature."

The series welcomes all kids of educators, including classroom teachers, outdoor educators, scout leaders, homeschool parents – anyone who wants to be a better educator and acquire some new teaching techniques. Afterwards participants enjoy a light meal together and share some wine by the campfire before breaking out the skewers to make s’mores. Teachers who participate receive priority booking of school tours & Traveling Naturalist programs, and receive free curricular and instructional resources.


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 5-acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life's pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 27,000 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.

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 St. in Newport Beach.