Press Release

Contact: Lori Whalen

Phone: (949) 645-8489







Newport Beach, Calif., January 2, 2018 - The Environmental Nature Center’s Executive Director Bo Glover was the recipient of the Community Champion of the Month award at the Lakers game on Friday, December 29. The award was presented by the Lakers and LG Solar to recognize him for his work at the Environmental Nature Center, where Glover and staff provide quality education through hands-on experience with Nature.

Glover was presented the award on the Lakers court at STAPLES Center at halftime by Geoff Tomlinson, CEO at Vaha Sustainable Energy, Warren Nishikawa, Key Account Manager at LG Solar USA, and Mathew Makovec, Director of Community Relations for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Under Glover’s leadership, the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) provides educational programming to over 27,000 people each year by serving as the communities' foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices, and environmental education. Glover has worked at the ENC for 27 years - since 1991 - and he has held the position of Executive Director since 1995.

Glover’s accomplishments as Executive Director include raising funds to purchase the Center’s property from the Newport-Mesa School District, building Orange County’s only Native Butterfly House, and building an 8,500 square-foot Leaning Center, which became the first building in Orange County to receive LEED Platinum certification. Currently Glover is spearheading the development of the community’s first nature preschool and nature play area at the ENC.

The Lakers and LG Solar partnered to create the Community Champions initiative to recognize individuals in the greater Los Angeles area for their outstanding work in the community, with a focus on sustainability. Each Community Champion recipient is invited to a Lakers game and honored during a halftime presentation.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover.  “It was a thrill to stand on the court and be recognized for the work I’ve done at the Environmental Nature Center. I am so grateful.”


About the ENC


Founded in 1972, the ENC is a fascinating and unique combination of 15 California native plant communities, wildlife habitat, walking trails and sustainably designed LEED Platinum-certified learning center. For 45 years, the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 3.5 acre landscape for discovery and learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures, and a place to preserve the wonders of nature.

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 nonprofit 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.