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ENC Presents 40th year of Summer Nature Camp

by: Lori Whalen
Posted: April 24, 2017

NEWPORT BEACH...The Environmental Nature Center's 40th annual Summer Nature Camp will take place from June 26 to August 17, 2017. The camp is open to children entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Camp sessions are from Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with half day camps available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information please visit encenter.org 

"Summer is my favorite time of year," said ENC Executive Director Bo Glover. "Watching our campers learn while having a great time is priceless. Young children's minds are stimulated by nearly everything around them, so the more diverse and engaging their surroundings, the more their minds learn and grow. I get to see a lot of growth in a lot of kids each summer!" 

Summer Nature Camp is demonstrative of the ENC's commitment to sharing environmental education and experiential learning with the community. Camp will largely take place outdoors, allowing children to explore nature up close using scientific tools like binoculars, magnifying glasses and microscopes. Science concepts will be introduced in a fun, interactive environment; campers will have access to crafts, games and other hands-on activities to discover and apply new skills.

The ENC's Camp Teachers are exceptionally qualified in elementary science education and represent a wide range of expertise in the Orange County educational community. Most are ENC Naturalists who teach environmental education programs throughout the year. Each teacher will oversee a group of 15 campers of similar age.

According to a 2015 article by Oxford Learning, children lose the equivalent of one month of overall learning during summer vacation. Summer Nature Camp can keep kids active and engaged, teaching them skills that they can take back home or to the classroom. 

"Outdoor environments are important to children's development of independence and autonomy," said ENC Camp Director Corina Silva. "Children's stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Play protects children's emotional development whereas loss of free time and a hurried lifestyle can contribute to anxiety."

The ENC is located at 1601 16th St. in Newport Beach.


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