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Contact: Lori Whalen

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Literature themed series is now a part of a partnership with the ReadAloud program, a public awareness movement with a goal to have every child read aloud to for 15 minutes every day.

Newport Beach, Calif., February 8, 2017- The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will present its next Reading in the Redwoods event on February 12, 2017, from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Participants will be led on a hike out to the ENC’s Redwood Forest by Naturalist Valerie Bain. Bain will then read aloud from “Andrew Henry’s Meadow”, written and illustrated by Doris Burn. Afterwards, families will have the opportunity to build their own makeshift “villages” inspired by the reading.

All ages are welcome. Parents are encouraged to stay with their children at all times. The fee is $10 per child, $5 for children of ENC members. Adult admission is free. The ENC is located at 1601 E. 16th Street in Newport Beach. Pre-registration is required at

The ENC staff plans to offer Reading in the Redwoods monthly, with each event featuring a different book and themed activities to accompany it. The Reading in the Redwoods series is now a part of their partnership with the ReadAloud program, a decade-long, non-profit public awareness movement with a goal to have every child read aloud to by a parent or loved one for 15 minutes every day starting at birth. ReadAloud depends on partners in cities throughout the nation to rally grassroots support through local awareness efforts and community outreach.

“The response we’ve had at the local level has been amazing,” says Executive Director and co-founder Bob Robbins. “Businesses, teachers, librarians, health care workers … they all recognize the importance of what we’re trying to do, and they’re all drawn to our simple, but powerful message. We are excited to have the Environmental Nature Center help parents with young children throughout California join our growing league of academic scholars, business leaders, government officials, daycare workers, teachers, community workers, parents, and friends who are working to make reading aloud for 15 minutes every day, starting at birth, a parenting standard. Together, we will help more children begin kindergarten ready to learn, get the most out of their education, and become productive citizens.”

Read Aloud partners are united behind the idea that 15 minutes of daily reading aloud from birth to age 8 can change the face of education, nationally. This habit, says co-founder Dr. Candace Kendle, should “…become one of the essential routines of child care, as normal as daily tooth brushing.”

According to Read Aloud, nationally, 37% of children arrive in kindergarten without the skills necessary to begin their learning journey. This lag can affect their educational progress in subsequent years. In addition, more than half the children in this country - 13 million children - will not hear a bedtime story tonight.

“Reading together and talking with your child about literature is a chance to bond as a family, and it encourages a child’s love of reading” said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. “Imagination, growth, and improved reading, writing, and verbal skills soar when a child picks up a book.”

ENC Naturalist Valerie Bain agrees. “Kids are spending more time with screen media -- and at younger ages -- than ever before,” she says. “Research suggests that screen time can have lots of negative effects on kids, ranging from obesity and irregular sleep patterns to social and behavioral issues. Put down the electronic devices and pick up a book. Let’s read, people!”

For more information on the ReadAloud program, visit:

ENC Executive Director Bo Glover reading The Lorax at a recent Reading in the Redwoods event at the Environmental Nature Center.

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 40 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 24,000 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 recently purchased property to develop a nature play area, and construct our community's first nature based preschool.  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.