Press Release

Contact: Lori Whalen

Phone: (949) 645-8489




Environmental Nature Center to host Artisans Marketplace

Community encouraged to buy local and support environmental education while shopping for holiday gifts this season.

Newport Beach, Calif., November 13, 2018 - The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will be hosting its 5th annual Artisans Marketplace on December 2, 2018 from 11 am-4 pm. Over fifty local artisans will display a variety of handmade, eco-friendly, sustainable gifts just in time for the Holidays. Featured products include a variety of handmade jewelry, ceramics, candles, soaps, art, clothing and more.

“Purchasing from locally owned businesses has a positive impact on the economy and supports local communities,” said ENC Assistant Director Lori Whalen. “The Artisans Marketplace gives guests the opportunity to shop for unique gifts while spending time in nature instead of at a shopping mall.”

Artisans Marketplace vendors are handpicked by ENC staff for their eco-friendly products. Non-native plants, seashells, coral, and animal parts are not allowed. Shoppers will find minimal plastic, and are encouraged to bring re-usable shopping bags to carry their purchases.

A $2 entry fee goes directly to the Environmental Nature Center’s environmental education programs. The ENC is located at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663. For more information, visit
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.