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Causes: Environment, Environmental Education

Mission: To provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature.

Results: Founded in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center, known simply to thousands of visiting students through the years as “The ENC”, is a fascinating combination of 15 California native plant communities (ranging from desert, to oak woodland, to fresh water marsh, to redwood forest); wildlife habitats; walking trails; and sustainably designed, LEED Platinum certified learning center. For 40 years, the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 3.5 acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 18,000 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 is a non-profit 501(c)-3 public benefit corporation.

Target demographics: 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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 21,000 students and thousands of visitors

Geographic areas served: Southern California

Programs: school field trips, Traveling Naturalist programs, scout programs, community classes and workshops, and enrichment camps.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a great nature center. Very well-kept, kid-friendly, eco-friendly, and just beautiful in general! They even have a butterfly house. A great place to take the kids!