Friday, July 01, 2011

Environmental Nature Center

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This is an amazing nature center in the middle of Newport Beach. Many people don't even know about it. You can walk and enjoy the beauty and sounds of nature surrounded in greenery.

The Environmental Nature Center is the first Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building in Orange County. The ENC is a great place to spend time learning about various environmental issues and natural resources. There are a lot of hands-on activities and visitors of all ages will enjoy the garden with selections from several native Californian habitats and a butterfly enclosure. Great place for both adults and children to have a relaxed time and learn about nature.
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The ENC's Butterfly House is the only one of its kind in Orange County. It is home to several butterfly species native to the County, including Mourning Cloak, Lorquin's Admiral, Monarch, Queen, Buckeye, West Coast Lady, Painted Lady, California Dogface (our state butterfly), Cloudless Sulphur and Anise Swallowtail.Check out their Butterfly House from 10-3.

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Hunter waving to the Butterflies.

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Hunter was chasing the Butterflies around trying to catch them, it was so cute.

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He found himself a Rollie Pollie or a Pollie Ollie as he would say.

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Hunter checking out the ants and then we found a lizard.

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On our nature walk, it was really nice. Watch your feet don’t step on any poison oak.

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Group shot.

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Kids got to check out snakes, and frogs. Then they stopped to read some books.

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They give you coloring pages, so we sat down and helped the kids color.

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Hunter’s new thing is cleaning up. He always wants to help clean up which is great. Here are some photos of him putting the crayons away one by one.

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