Press Release

Contact: Lori Whalen

Phone: (949) 645-8489






Newport Beach, Calif., November 29, 2018 - The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will present Winter Nature Camps in three sessions: December 17-20, December 26-28 and January 2-4.  Full day camp is from 9am to 3pm, and half day camp is from 9AM to 1PM. Nature Adventure Camp is for campers in grades K – 6th and Little Naturalist camp is for campers age 3 – 5. Visit for more info about Winter Nature Camps.

During Winter Nature Camp, campers will participate in educational, age appropriate hands-on activities. Adventures within the Nature Center will increase their knowledge and appreciation for the natural world.

“This Winter Camp marks one full year since the ENC introduced Little Naturalist Camp,” said Sue Bierlich, ENC Nature Preschool Director. “Our Little Naturalist Summer Camp filled up within a few days of opening registration, so we are looking forward to a full Winter Camp. I’m so thankful that parents are just as excited as we are to immerse their children into nature at an early age, when it is most important.”

A recent survey found that on average, children now spend only 12.6 minutes a day on outdoor activity compared with 10.4 waking hours being relatively motionless watching TV or computer screens. Another study found that 50% of preschoolers lacked even one outdoor play session per day.

“We are raising a generation of sedentary kids who would rather sit on the couch with a cell phone or game controller than be outside armed only with a stick and their imagination,” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Spending time outside in nature helps children develop spatial awareness and motor skills. It even helps their vision.”


​​​​​​​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 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.

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.