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Environmental Nature Center

 1601 E 16th Street
 Newport Beach, CA 92663
[P] (949) 645-8489 x 101
[F] (949) 645-0618
www.ENCenter.org
www.encnaturepreschool.org
[email protected]
Bo Glover
FOUNDED: 1972
INCORPORATED: 1972
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 23-7182423 00000

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Environmental Nature Center is to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature. Its vision is to inspire all generations to protect the natural world by serving as our communities' foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Environmental Nature Center is to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature. Its vision is to inspire all generations to protect the natural world by serving as our communities' foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $844,500.00
Projected Revenue $844,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • School Tour Programs
  • Traveling Naturalist Program
  • Community Programs
  • Professional Development Program
  • Volunteer Program

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Overview


Mission Statement

The mission of the Environmental Nature Center is to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature. Its vision is to inspire all generations to protect the natural world by serving as our communities' foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education. 


Background Statement

The ENC’s history is grounded in acts of environmental restoration, preservation, and community collaboration, all with a desire to create and preserve an open natural space that the public could enjoy and that could serve as an environmental science education classroom. It started in 1972 when a group of dedicated and determined science teachers, students and community volunteers saw a two-and-one-half acre abandoned gully next to Newport Harbor High School as an opportunity to reclaim and restore natural, open space in what is a densely populated urban setting. They worked to establish trails, plant trees, build a 300-foot recycling stream with two ponds and create an amphitheater overlooking a waterfall. Quickly they began to see the impact of their work, marked by a return of native plants, insects, birds and animals.

In 1974, volunteer educators began to develop curriculum and lead formalized educational tours of the ENC, and soon afterward a skilled volunteer docent group was developed and naturalists were hired to teach an expanding variety of courses. In 2000, additional land was purchased and developed, expanding the site to 3.5 acres. In 2006, the ENC launched a successful capital campaign to build Orange County’s first U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum Certified green building, which serves as a Learning Center and Museum. At the time it was one of only a handful of net-zero energy buildings in the United States.

In 2012 the ENC purchased an adjacent 1.3 acres of open land. With this purchase, the ENC’s campus is now 5 acres. The parcel will become an extension of the Nature Center's natural habitat and to a portion of the site will be home to a second LEED Platinum certified green building that will serve as our community's first Nature Preschool. 

In the 45+ years since the ENC was established, it has grown into a premier environmental, green building, and sustainable living educational center. The ENC serves over 28,000 community members annually with hands-on educational and enrichment programs. Tens of thousands of people annually experience learning and recreational activities when attending community events and enjoying the 5 acre landscape for learning.  

Impact Statement

1. Served 11,199 students in 313 Traveling Naturalist programs.

2. Served 12,851 students in the School Tours Program.

3.  845 volunteers gave 8833 hours of their valuable time in 2017-18. 

4.  Our Student Enrichment Programs are excelling.  Scout programs, Little Naturalists and Nature Camps are more popular than ever.  Over 3000 children had quality education experiences in Nature in 2017-18.
 
5. Broke ground on our community's first Nature Preschool.

Needs Statement

1. The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) acquired an adjacent 1.3-acre property on Dover Drive.  Our vision is to expand our natural habitat, develop a nature play area, and construct our community's first nature-based preschool. The ENC Nature Preschool will offer children a high quality learning environment that meets their developmental needs while initiating them into a life-long, meaningful relationship with the natural world.  The Nature Play Area will provide increased opportunities for our community to engage in hands-on experiences with nature so needed in today’s world. As seen in countries such as Germany and Finland as well a growing number of communities across the U.S., learning based in environmental education is the building blocks for STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The capital campaign goal is $10,000,000 with an amount of $4.6 million remaining to be raised.
 
2. Expanding staff and Board of Directors to support our strategic direction.

CEO Statement

 

Since its inception in 1972, the Environmental Nature Center has strived to provide quality education through hands on experience with nature. In my 27 year career at the Center I have seen the impact of this mission grow tremendously. The ENC’s repertoire of programs now serves over 28,000 participants including school field trips to our site as well as programs presented at schools, scout programs, Nature Camps and additional programs for children, families and adults that reconnect the participants to nature while promoting a more sustainable lifestyle.

The ENC recently negotiated a partnership with the City of Newport Beach to provide a range of environmental education services using two city-owned and operated natural open spaces and the city’s Science Center. 7th – 12th grade field trip education programs occur in Buck Gully Reserve, a natural, coastal canyon in Newport Beach. 3rd – 6th grade field trip programs occur in the Big Canyon Nature Park, a 50-acre natural open space between the Big Canyon freshwater pond and Jamboree Road. Summer Nature Camps are staged at the Back Bay Science Center, a 13,000 square foot state-of-the-art teaching and research facility on Shellmaker Island within the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. The three new sites considerably increase the spaces where field trip education can occur, allowing for more classes to experience field education experiences at one time, while allowing the ENC to offer a greater range of field education experiences.

Over the last 45+ years, the ENC has served as our community's foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education. The ENC is will continue to be committed to presenting hands-on environmental education and promoting sustainable practices to inspire many additional generations to appreciate and protect the natural world.

The ENC acquired an adjacent 1.3-acre property to grow our educational campus. We will soon expand our natural habitat, develop a nature play area, and construct our community’s first nature-based preschool. The ENC Nature Preschool will offer children a high quality learning environment that meets their developmental needs while initiating them into a life-long, meaningful relationship with the outdoors. The Nature Play Area will provide increased opportunities for our community to engage in hands-on experiences with nature so needed in today’s world.

Thank you for partnering with us to expand the ENC’s educational outreach in the Orange County community. Please visit the ENC to experience our site firsthand. Our words do not do it justice.

 


Board Chair Statement

As the current Board Chair of the Environmental Nature Center, and on behalf of our entire board, I am happy to share the Environmental Nature Center’s mission, discuss our programs, and inform you about our exciting opportunities and challenges. With 45 years of providing quality education through hands on experience with Nature in our community, there is a great deal to celebrate, and even more to look forward to.

The ENC is our community’s foremost authority on ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education.  A decade ago we completed a 9,000 square foot interpretive center, which was awarded Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The award is the highest designation available to buildings that demonstrate energy efficiency and sustainability. We built the first LEED Platinum building in Orange County, and it is still one of the few net-zero projects in the United States. 

I became involved at the ENC as a member of the architectural team that worked on the new interpretive center. Later I volunteered to help organize the opening celebration with the U.S. Green Building Council. During the planning of that event I was amazed at how efficient the ENC staff were with their resources and I realized how much impact the ENC could have on students and visitors. No one can offer the type of education the ENC does – combining hands on experience with Nature while showcasing cutting edge methods of living and working sustainably in harmony with Nature. It was then that I decided to become a Board Member.

Richard Louv, author of the book Last Child in the Woods, coined the phrase “nature deficit disorder”. Louv and others are voicing the growing concern of many – that children are simply not spending time outside exploring, playing, and investigating. At the ENC we are filling that gap. I invite you to visit and watch -- as I did on one of my first visits -- a group of kids eagerly stepping off the bus, and exclaiming in awe as they walk through the gates and see (what looks to them like a) limitless expanse of wilderness.    When you see the joy on the face of a child when a butterfly lands on him in the butterfly house, you’ll be hooked for life like I am. The ENC is truly promoting respect for our natural world and educating tomorrow’s leaders.  

In December 2012 we purchased the adjacent 1.3-acre property at 745 Dover Drive. Soon our natural habitat will be expanded into a Nature Play Area, and our community’s first nature based preschool will open it's doors. The expansion will increase the learning opportunities for our student and family visitors while increasing resources to provide the hands-on experience with nature so needed in today’s world.

We are in the middle of a 10-million dollar Capital Campaign to build the pre-school and replenish our endowment. This will be a challenge of course, but we love a good challenge -- we already raised a little over 5 million dollars! Given our efficient operations and the dedication of our amazing staff and volunteers, we are confident and committed to this next chapter in the story of one of Southern California’s true treasures: the Environmental Nature Center.


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

If you are interested in donating to the ENC, please visit our websites at www.encenter.org or www.encnaturepreschool.org. If you are interested in volunteering at the ENC please complete one of our volunteer applications online at encenter.org/volunteer-enc.

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
Serving over 28,000 program participants annually and open to the public 7 days a week, the Environmental Nature Center serves all of Orange County and beyond.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Education
  2. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  3. Education - Preschools

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Programs


School Tour Programs

The ENC presents on site field trip programs to over 12,500 preschool – 12th grade students each school year. The program curricula are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards or the California State Social Science Standards.

Budget  $350,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

School Program participants accept personal responsibility to be good stewards of our resources. 50% of program participants will take action to make their lifestyles more sustainable (i.e. by suggesting to their parents that they buy organic and/or locally made products, recycle, or use reusable products rather than disposable ones). There are numerous examples of ENC programs having an impact on program participants. One teacher wrote, “Based on what we learned at the ENC, our classroom set up a recycling program and incorporated it into our curriculum. At the ENC we sorted paper, plastic and glass into different bins. We set up the same system in our classroom and found a volunteer to take our recycling to a local recycling center. Our project provided us with several learning opportunities. We learned the importance of recycling, and about all of the things we can do right at our own front door. We learned about urban runoff. We counted our change (math) from our recycling and sorted. The recycling was something we could implement right away, and also something the children could do with their families.” - Lynn Simons, Kindergarten Teacher, St. Andrew's Pre- School

Program Long-Term Success 

The ENC’s school programs increase students’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and inspire protection of the natural world. Our long-term goal is to inspire students to become responsible, informed citizens who coexist in harmony with Nature. Their experience at the ENC is really just an introduction to (or reminder of) the concepts that they need to learn in order to grow into adults that would live with the smallest possible “footprint”. In order to accomplish this, students must be provided with opportunities to have repeat exposure to programs like ours. Coupled with our professional development programs (at which their teachers gain the skills necessary to reinforce the concepts we teach at the ENC), with community programs that students can attend with their families, and with enrichment camps, our school programs have the potential to influence tens of thousands of future citizens. Our long-term goal is to have 50% of the students that attend a field trip at the Center make a lifelong commitment to live more sustainably in one way – even if it’s just using a reusable water bottle.

Program Success Monitored By 

The ENC has been successful in obtaining both qualitative and quantitative feedback from our school program participants. For school programs, students take pre and posttests so that we can gauge the efficacy of our curricula and Naturalists. Students score an average of 48% on their pretests and 84% on their posttests. Quite a bit of our feedback comes to us through our school program participant surveys emailed to every teacher who brings their class. Surveys tell us statistical data, as well as anecdotal data. In the 2017-18 school program survey, 90% of teachers said our programs had “excellent” educational value.  A teacher commented within the same survey, “Students all seemed to appreciate the nature around them as they toured the Center and were amazed at the recycled products used to construct the ENC.“ Some feedback comes to us unsolicited, as well, “The students were able to make tangible connections with what they were learning in class. The curricula came to life for them.” – St. Juliana 3rd grade teacher.

Examples of Program Success 

ENC school programs make an impact on program participants of all grade levels. A kindergarten teacher wrote, “The wings, claws and snakes that you use are very helpful and are difficult for us to obtain in the classroom. The concepts you’ve selected are very useful in helping us to meet our responsibility to state standards.” A 6th grade teacher wrote, “They really understood how important it is to take care of our environment. Students enjoyed the experience and want to do more to protect the Earth.” 


Traveling Naturalist Program

The ENC presents off site field trip programs to over 11,000 preschool – 12th grade students throughout the school year. The program curricula are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards or the California State Social Science Standards. Aspects of our programs also correlate with California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts from the Education and the Environment Initiative (Assembly Bill 1548 and 1721). 

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Traveling Naturalist program participants will accept personal responsibility to be good stewards of our resources. 50% of program participants will take action to make their lifestyles more sustainable (i.e. by suggesting to their parents that they buy organic and/or locally made products, recycle, or use reusable products rather than disposable ones). The Traveling Naturalist program receives rave reviews from teachers. The survey responses are all coming back with glowing compliments, so we know people are enjoying the program, and booking additional programs. One teacher wrote, “Valerie was wonderful!!! She was great with the students and kept them engaged the whole time. They definitely learned a lot and had a fun time doing it!”

Program Long-Term Success 

The ENC’s Traveling Naturalist programs increase students’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and inspire protection of the natural world. Our long-term goal is to inspire students to become responsible, informed citizens who coexist in harmony with Nature. Their experience is really just an introduction to (or reminder of) the concepts that they need to learn in order to grow into adults that would live with the smallest possible “footprint”. In order to accomplish this, students must be provided with opportunities to have repeat exposure to programs like ours. Coupled with our field trips, professional development programs (at which their teachers gain the skills necessary to reinforce the concepts we teach at the ENC), with community programs that students can attend with their families, and with enrichment camps, our Traveling Naturalist programs have the potential to influence tens of thousands of future citizens. Our long-term goal is to have 50% of the students that participate in a Traveling Naturalist program make a lifelong commitment to live more sustainably in one way – even if it’s just using a reusable water bottle.

Program Success Monitored By 

The ENC has been successful in obtaining both qualitative and quantitative feedback from our Traveling Naturalist program participants. Surveys tell us statistical data, as well as anecdotal data. We also receive quite a bit of unsolicited feedback. The owner of a Montessori school wrote, “This morning, we had our second presentation by your Traveling Naturalist, however, it was the first time I have observed her do the presentation. I've been in the childcare field for the past 24 years, and have seen various presenters. I was so extremely impressed with Valerie's skills, creativity and the delivery, that I feel the need to let you know that you have an outstanding employee. She did an exemplary job!” Another teacher wrote, “We appreciated the way the information was presented, not a dry lecture format. She had a great energy that kept the children calm and engaged. They learned without realizing they were learning!”

Examples of Program Success 

In our 2017-18 Traveling Naturalist program survey 95% of respondents said the educational value was “excellent.” One person commented, “Valerie was very good at keeping the students engaged and challenged. She did a good job introducing each step in their investigations. They definitely learned a lot and had fun doing it!” 94% of respondents also said the Traveling Naturalist’s teaching techniques were “excellent.” A teacher wrote, “I loved the Traveling Naturalist’s enthusiasm, and the kinesthetic aspect to the program was terrific. She kept the students engaged. I also loved the humor that was incorporated.”


Community Programs

The ENC presents several enrichment camps, as well as on-site programs for home school groups, scout groups, and the community. Scout programs meet the requirements of both boy and girl scouts. Thirteen different Girl Scout programs have been developed for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadette Girl Scouts. Naturalists teach programs designed specially for Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Cub Scouts, as well as Webelos. Community programs include full moon hikes and campfire programs, which give families the chance to explore the Center after dark. Little Naturalists programs feature stories and hands-on fun for 3 – 5 year olds and their parents. The ENC has offered Nature Camps since 1977. Nature Camp provides quality science education in an outdoor, hands-on setting. ENC Nature Camp emphasizes experiential learning. Campers spend most of their time outside observing nature up close. Science concepts are introduced in a fun environment, with crafts, games and hands-on activities. 

Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

Community program participants will accept personal responsibility to be good stewards of our resources. 75% of program participants will take action to make their lifestyles more sustainable (i.e. by buying organic and/or locally made products, recycling, or using reusable products rather than disposable ones). 25% will take action to help protect wild, open spaces (i.e. by taking action to conserve habitat in the form of sending correspondence to decision makers, by volunteering to restore habitat, or donating money to programs that conserve habitat or provide environmental education). There are numerous examples of ENC programs having an impact on program participants. For example, the mother of one of our home school program students told us that her daughter began keeping Tupperware in their family car so that they would not need to take leftovers home from restaurants in Styrofoam.

Program Long-Term Success 

The ENC’s community education programs will increase our community’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and inspire protection of the natural world. Our long-term goal is to inspire our community to become an example of what a sustainable community looks like, with citizens who coexist in harmony with Nature. All existing wild open spaces would be conserved and restored, and protected from future development. Citizens would create the smallest possible “footprint” by using “green” transportation (walking, biking, using public transportation, carpooling, alternatively fuels vehicles, etc.). 70% of the community would utilize “green” energy (from solar panels, wind turbines, etc.). 70% of the community would purchase products that, whenever possible, are locally made and/or organic. Everyone would bring their canvass bags to the store, and use re-usable bottles and containers for their food and beverages.

Program Success Monitored By 

The ENC has been successful in obtaining both qualitative and quantitative feedback from our program participants. Quite a bit of our feedback comes to us through program participant surveys emailed to every program participant. There are different surveys for different programs (i.e. Camp, community programs, etc.) Surveys tell us statistical data, as well as anecdotal data. Some feedback comes to us unsolicited, as well, “Joaquin had a great time at ENC camp this session. I will definitely recommend it to others and I hope he'll join you again next summer. He learned so much! He told me I was wasting water when I ran the dishwasher half full!”

Examples of Program Success 

In our 2017-18 public program participant survey, 74% of respondents said our education value was excellent, and 18% said it was “good”. ENC programs make an impact on program participants of all ages. The parent of preschoolers commented, “My kids learned all about frogs! :) The Little Naturalists programs are great! Love the variety of story, craft, hiking, hands-on stuff, teaching--so great for this age-level.” The leader of a high school after school program commented, “The tour was really good. Roy was very informative and (my high school) students liked him. They are a tough crowd, so it was great to see them engaged. I asked them whether the tour was what they expected and the general consensus was that it was better than they expected, and get this.... they had fun. They also asked more questions, which means they were listening and learned something.”


Professional Development Program

The ENC presents on site professional development programs to educators from throughout the County. Our ENC Excellent Educator Series brings all kinds of educators together for fun afternoons of learning exciting hands-on ways to teach children about science and nature. Everyone is invited! Classroom teachers, outdoor educators, scout leaders, homeschool parents - anyone who wants to be a better educator. Our professional development program helps us expand our reach and extend our conservation message to a broader audience.

Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Professional Development program participants will act as role models and accept personal responsibility to be good stewards of our resources. They will teach others to do the same. 80% of professional development program participants will utilize the curricula they are taught to instruct students in their classroom, scout troop, etc. about science and nature concepts. 90% of their students will take action to make their lifestyles more sustainable (i.e. by buying organic and/or locally made products, recycling, or using reusable products rather than disposable ones). 50% will take action to help protect wild, open spaces (i.e. by taking action to conserve habitat in the form of sending correspondence to decision makers, or by volunteering to restore habitat). 

Program Long-Term Success 

The ENC’s professional development programs will increase the knowledge, and improve the teaching techniques of local teachers. The goal is to encourage local educators to help increase their students understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and inspire protection of the natural world. Our long-term goal is to inspire educators to become an example to other educators and to their own students. Educators would use our lesson plans and teach students about ways to create the smallest possible “footprint” by using “green” transportation (walking, biking, using public transportation, carpooling, alternatively fuels vehicles, etc.). 70% of their students would commit to using products that, whenever possible, are locally made and/or organic. 90% of their students would make a commitment to bringing canvass bags to the store, and using re-usable bottles and containers for their food and beverages.

Program Success Monitored By 

The ENC has been successful in obtaining both qualitative and quantitative feedback from our professional development program participants. Surveys are emailed to every program participant. Surveys tell us statistical data, as well as anecdotal data. Some feedback comes to us unsolicited, as well, “I am so glad I had the opportunity to learn about the ENC through my visits for training, etc. with Project Learning Tree. Thanks again and please share my appreciation with everyone.” - Lola Coleman, Fairmont Prep Academy Science Department

Examples of Program Success 

ENC programs make an impact on our professional development program participants. One of our peers, Kimberly Leeds of the Laguna Canyon Foundation wrote, “You have been such a great partner in helping protect the quality of education programs offered county-wide!” Here is feedback we received from someone who participated in a professional development workshop we provided on storytelling, “Storytelling was great in every possible way!  The instructor was wonderful!  The information was excellent!  The format was perfect!  Even the setting, with its great ambiance, its books and natural artifacts, was fantastic!  The people in the class were amazing!  I loved it, I was very glad I came, I learned a lot, and I hope that the ENC will continue to have it, so that other people can reap the many benefits!  Surveys usually ask:  in what way could this be improved? -- but I would have to honestly answer that it seemed to be a perfect experience just as it was.” 


Volunteer Program

Each year almost 400 adult volunteers give almost 5000 hours of their time, and over 500 student volunteers give almost 5000 hours. Adults volunteer as Museum Docents, Event Volunteers, Grounds Volunteers, and Butterfly House Docents. Student volunteers assist on the grounds, with administrative work or program preparation. Leaders in Training help with student enrichment programs and Summer Camp during school breaks. The best volunteer opportunities are ones during which the volunteers benefit as well. Our internship positions give volunteers the opportunity to learn new skills, hone existing skills, and add experience to their résumés. Internship opportunities include Marketing/Public Relations, Retail and Grounds Keeper internships. In our student Service Learning program, students work with ENC staff to participate in projects that help them to learn more about an aspect of the Nature Center of particular interest to them. Service Learning Projects include: Habitat Restoration interns, Compost Learning Lab interns, Butterfly House Docent interns, Museum Docent interns and Springtime Wildflower Junior Biologists.

Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Volunteer program participants will accept personal responsibility to be good stewards of our resources. 75% of program participants will take action to make their lifestyles more sustainable (i.e. by buying organic and/or locally made products, recycling, or using reusable products rather than disposable ones). 25% will take action to help protect wild, open spaces (i.e. by taking action to conserve habitat in the form of sending correspondence to decision makers, by volunteering to restore habitat, or donating money to programs that conserve habitat or provide environmental education). 75% will return to the ENC to volunteer again. There are numerous examples of ENC programs having an impact on program participants. For example, an intern wrote, “I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed being an intern here. I have learned a lot from you and I genuinely feel like I am contributing to a great cause. I just want to take a moment to say thank you because honestly, you and the ENC were the first organization to give me a chance to gain experience. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity you gave me.”

Program Long-Term Success 

The ENC’s volunteer programs increase participants’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and inspire protection of the natural world. Our long-term goal is to inspire our volunteers to coexist in harmony with Nature, and develop a life long commitment to community service. After spending time volunteering at the ENC, participants in the program will have developed a strong conservation ethic. 50% will make community service a long term part of their lives. One volunteer who had volunteered while attending a local high school wrote, “I am now attending Evergreen State College in Washington. It's in heart of the woods. After working at the ENC I was able to embrace my new home in the woods!” A parent wrote, “My girls really enjoyed working with Mike. He was so patient and taught my girls quite a few things on the effective handling of landscape tools. The girls and their newly acquired skills will come in handy when we install our organic vegetable patch in our backyard. Thank you for having my girls as part of your volunteer corp. If the opportunity presents itself in the future, we would love to return to ENC and lend a hand.”

Program Success Monitored By 

The ENC has been successful in obtaining both qualitative and quantitative feedback from our volunteer program participants. We send surveys to students that have completed their service learning projects, and to Leaders in Training at the end of the Camp they volunteered for. Surveys tell us statistical data, as well as anecdotal data. The surveys show us that the Leaders in Training are thinking critically about the job they are doing. For example, one wrote, “Involving the kids in discussions is an important part of the program. Continue with this.” The survey also monitors our Camp program’s success from a different point of view. One Leader in Training wrote, “At the beginning of the camp session, most of the kids knew nothing about the water cycle, didn't care about endangered species, and really just didn't know about the environment. Since then I've seen a great improvement in their appreciation towards nature. When we visited the estuary yesterday, all the kids picked up a bunch of trash and one of them said ‘because I want it in a trash can not a turtles mouth.’”

Examples of Program Success 

In the Leader in Training survey, 100% of the respondents said the experience was “great”. One Leader in Training wrote, “the campers definitely grew in respect toward the ENC and nature, because the counselors made the learning fun and interesting and so when they were doing a craft they would still be learning about the environment.” Another said, “At first I felt like the kids wouldn't really understand what they were learning and they would forget it the next day. But as the camp when on, I realized that these kids are really smart, and that kids remember a lot more than we think. I would absolutely 100% love to volunteer at the ENC next summer.” ENC programs make an impact on LIT's and other volunteers, and sometimes they take the time to send unsolicited feedback. One parent wrote, “I just want to thank you for the amazing opportunity you provided Ian this summer. The fact that he wanted to help out on his last free day before school orientation on Friday - speaks volumes about how much he enjoyed it.  I am sure there are kids who volunteer primarily for the community service hours, but for Ian (and hopefully for the majority of your volunteers) the hours are merely a bonus.”  


Management


CEO/Executive Director Bo Glover
CEO Term Start 1995
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Trail building, habitat restoration and leading educational tours as a volunteer marked the early days of Bo’s career at the ENC after moving to California in 1991. Bo is currently the Executive Director of the ENC and has held that position since 1995. When he is not hiking or camping with his family, Bo affiliates himself with a number of worthwhile community organizations. Bo is Past-President of the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) and California Society for Ecological Restoration (SERCAL). He was also a member of the Orange County CREEC Network Advisory Committee, the Chairman of the City of Newport Beach Castaways Park Advisory Committee from 1999 – 2003, a member of the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation Grants Allocations Committee from 1996-2012, and served on the Environmental Board of the City of Huntington Beach from 2009 to 2012. Bo, a LEED Accredited Professional, serves on the Board of Directors of Orange Coast River Park Inc.and is a member of theMarket Leader Advisory Board of the OC USGBC. Bo was also recently the recipient of the Lakers Community Champion award, presented by the Lakers and LG Solar on the Court at halftime, to recognize him for his work at the ENC. He will receive the 2018 Leadership Award from the Association of Nature Center Administrators in September 2018. Always remember… Unless.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ali Aguarino Facility Maintenance Manager Ali has been working in science and outdoor education for almost 20 years. As the Facility Maintenance Manager, he is responsible for the protection and enhancement of the Environmental Nature Center’s grounds including the implementation of improvements and maintenance activities. He also teaches educational programs. Prior to working at the ENC, Ali was the Grounds Keeper and Naturalist for the Orange County Department of Education, where he also taught outdoor science education. He also worked on the Island of Saipan as a Middle School Teacher. Ali received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in the Philippines, where he was born and raised. His hobbies include hiking, photography, bike riding, and gardening.
Aimee Arvidson Enrichment Coordinator Aimée obtained her degree in Environmental Policy and Ethics from the University of Portland. She was previously a children’s program director and has worked with the U.S. Senate, Heal the Bay, and the City of Newport Beach-Office of Natural Resources. Aimée was selected to take part in a marine management research program in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Caribbean. Her work there involved teaching science based curricula and researching a variety of marine species such as lemon sharks and stingrays. Her passion in life is inspiring others to make a positive difference in the world.
Valerie Bain Animal Care Manager Valerie Bain is an Early Childhood Educator with an extensive background in Child Development. She joined the Environmental Nature Center staff as a Nature Camp Teacher in the Summer of 2009, and joined the staff full time in 2015. Valerie has degrees in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Psychology and a Master’s in School Social Work, specializing in students with Special Needs. She attended Long Beach City College & California State University Long Beach. Valerie taught preschool at the Long Beach City College Child Development Center for four years & has been immersed in the field of Environmental Education ever since. Valerie loves to connect children & families with nature through hands-on science activities. Her favorite season is summer, when she is an ENC Nature Camp Teacher. In her free time Valerie loves to spend time with her daughter Faith amongst the Redwoods in Big Sur (where she fell in love with nature and camping – Thanks Dad!).
Sue Bierlich Nature Preschool Director Sue has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 35 years. She taught as an Early Childhood Education college instructor for 28 years at Orange Coast College and Fullerton College. Sue has been a child care center administrator for 15 years. She has a BA degree in Child Development specializing as a Child Mental Health Specialist from California State University at Northridge, and a MA degree in Human Development with an Early Childhood Education specialization from Pacific Oaks College. Sue’s thesis focused on the values of nature and outdoor classrooms for preschool age children. She is an Outdoor Classroom Specialist and currently completing additional training with the Outdoor Classroom Project. Sue enjoys seeing children engaged and immersed in nature with hands on learning activities, so they can expand their inquiry, thinking, and knowledge. She loves being involved in a child’s developmental process – like caterpillars turning into butterflies – we nurture them to fly.
Heather Johnson Facility Manager Heather Johnson is the ENC’s Facility Manager. She has a History degree, with an emphasis on Public and Oral History, from California State University, San Bernardino. With over 10 years of experience in the managerial field, she has valuable organization, quality management, and customer relations skills. In her work, Heather carries the motto of “quality in a service is not what you put into it, it is what the client gets out of it.” In her free time, Heather loves being creative!
Mindy Schwartz Outreach Coordinator Mindy comes to us with a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and an M.S. in Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia. While at UGA, she also earned a certificate in nonprofit management. During an internship at the Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park, Mindy was exposed to writing and executing her own environmental education lessons using the outdoors as a classroom – and she fell in love with it. For over 12 years she has kept busy as an environmental educator and naturalist at a variety of zoos, nature centers, and outdoor schools. Most recently, Mindy was employed by the California Science Center as an Education Program Specialist and at Trash for Teaching as the Director of Creative Programming. She is excited to bring her skills of leadership, professional development, and creative problem solving to the ENC. In her spare time Mindy enjoys traveling, photography, team trivia, and swing dancing.
Coria Silva Education Coordinator Corina Silva is the ENC’s Education Coordinator. Before coming to us, she worked at the Ocean Institute for several years as a science instructor. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Davis where her love of science thrived and her passion for education began. Currently, she is attending graduate school at Cal State Long Beach for her Master’s in Science Education. When she is not at work or in school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and watching soccer.
Lori Whalen Assistant Director Lori has worked in the non-profit field for over a decade. She joined the ENC staff in 2003 as Education Coordinator. Lori is now responsible for the ENC’s education, marketing and communications, membership/sponsorship, some grant writing, and volunteer programs. She is also responsible for horticulture and butterfly acquisition for the ENC's Butterfly House. Supervises the Education department and an amazing flock of interns and Volunteers! Previously she has worked for The Nature Conservancy, the City of Huntington Beach, and the Orange County Department of Education. Lori has a BS from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and an MA in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. In her free time she likes to hike, camp, and garden with native plants.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Certificate of Recognition for ENC Nature Preschool State of California Senate 2018
Certificate of Recognition for ENC Nature Preschool City of Newport Beach 2018
Leadership Award (for ED Bo Glover) Association of Nature Center Administrators 2018
Community Champion of the Month (for ED Bo Glover) Lakers & LG Solar 2017
Eco Award Most Sustainable NGO U.S. Green Building Council - Orange County Chapter 2017
Editor’s Choice Award Best Nature Day Camp Parenting OC Reader's Choice Award 2017
Best Nature Hangout Orange Coast Magazine 2016
Citation Award in the Category of Commercial Unbuilt (for the ENC Nature Preschool) American Institute of Architects Orange County 2015
Best Day Camp Parenting OC Reader's Choice Award 2014
Certificate of Appreciation Adult Transition Program Quest 2014
Most Sustainable NGO U.S. Green Building Council - Orange County Chapter 2014
Green and STEAM Award Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County 2011
Award of Merit Savings by Design Energy Efficiency Integration Award 2009
Certificate of Appreciation Newport-Mesa Unified School District 2009
Grand Award Honors Gold Nugget PCBC 2009
Honors The Bonneville Environmental Foundation 2009
Shirley Cooper Award ASA-AIA-CEFPI 2009
Honor Award AIA (The American Institute of Architects) Orange County 2008
LEED Platinum Certification U.S. Green Building Council 2008
Certificate of Recognition State of California Senate 2007
Certificate of Appreciation Work-ability 2006
Certificate of Appreciation California State Society of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 2003
Certificate of Recognition California State Assembly 1999
Certificate of Recognition (Environmental and Conservation Leadership Award) California State Assembly 1999
Environmental and Conservation Leadership Award Disneyland Community Service Award 1999
Recognition for 1999 Summer Program Newport Mesa Unified School District 1999
Certificate of Recognition California State Assembly 1998
Recognition (Community Partnership) Community Partnership Awards 1998
Community Service Award (Environmental, Ecology and Energy Award) Disneyland 1996
Award of Excellence Mutual of Omaha's Wildlife Heritage Center 1995
Environmental Award Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce 1995
Certificate of Appreciation City of Newport Beach 1994
Community Service Award (Environment, Ecology and Energy Award) Disneyland 1993
Community Service Award (Environmental and Ecology Award) Disneyland 1974

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 11
Number of Volunteers 942
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 89%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 13
Male: 6
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Rick Wandrocke
Board Chair Company Affiliation Irvine Company
Board Chair Term July 2017 - June 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Christopher Blank -- --
Chris Bosley Cushman & Wakefield Voting
Eric Wolf Hanke -- --
Dan Heinfeld LPA, Inc. Voting
Robert House Retired Voting
Arthur Jeppe Community Volunteer Voting
Rick John Daum Commercial Voting
Bob Kelly Retired Voting
John Parenti Back Bay Funding Voting
Amita Sheth PIMCO Voting
Craig Smith -- Voting
Rick Wandrocke The Irvine Company Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Indian
Gender Female: 1
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Executive
  • Finance

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,485,696 $2,707,430 $1,529,872
Total Expenses $949,226 $1,009,736 $878,356

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$891,328 $2,207,368 $1,047,121
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $365,646 $314,126 $297,355
Investment Income, Net of Losses $37,669 $27,609 $13,221
Membership Dues $62,568 $44,727 $42,283
Special Events $97,079 $67,408 $71,381
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 $0
Other $31,406 $37,536 $38,817

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $717,182 $769,506 $672,780
Administration Expense $153,860 $160,554 $137,367
Fundraising Expense $78,184 $79,676 $68,209
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.57 2.68 1.74
Program Expense/Total Expenses 76% 76% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 4% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $12,744,894 $12,296,907 $10,842,628
Current Assets $3,203,413 $2,820,219 $1,420,407
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $466,141 $621,987 $887,213
Total Net Assets $12,278,753 $11,674,920 $9,955,415

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 6.87 4.53 1.60

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $100,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 7%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose The ENC Nature Preschool will offer children a high quality learning environment that meets their developmental needs while initiating them into a life-long, meaningful relationship with the natural world. 
Campaign Goal $10,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements, form 990s and consultation with the organization.

Documents


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