Image from Environmental Nature Center Facebook page
Image from Environmental Nature Center Facebook page

We are just one week away for Environmental Nature Center’s  Spring Faire & Butterfly House Opening!

Come to ENC for the 10th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening Sunday, May 3, 2015; 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

View the Children’s Art Show, enjoy delicious food from local restaurants and visit Orange County’s only butterfly house!

There is also a native plants sale that will take place with plenty of plants that will attract butterflies and birds to your yard. If you purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 it serves as your “ticket” to make some earth friendly crafts!

ENC - Environmental Nature Center, Newport Beach
ENC – Environmental Nature Center, Newport Beach

You can also decorate your body with face paint or henna and dont’ miss getting a massage from the nice folks from Greet the Day!  Kids can play nature games, attend “Story Time”, see a live Bird of Prey presentation from the OC Bird of Prey Center, and learn more about wolves from Wolf Totem Ambassadors!

Check out pictures from last year’s Spring Faire!

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Where: Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Cost: FREE

Children’s Art Show & Contest

Children, ages 4 – 18 will have the opportunity to exhibit their art at the Spring Faire! The theme is “Wildlife of the OC”. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in four age categories. Prizes provided by Art Supply WarehouseSusie CakesBruxie Waffles, and the ENC’s Nature’s Gifts store.

Savor OC

Enjoy the best beverages and food OC has to offer from local restaurants like Kean Coffee, Native Foods, Sensitive Sweets, Pie-Not, Veronicakes, Mi Casa, Avanti Café, Jay’s Catering, Which Wich, Bristol Farms, 24 Carrots, Vivo Events and the Alley.  Learn more on our Savor OC page.  Email us if you’re a restaurateur that would like to participate.


Orange County’s only butterfly house will re-open on May 3! Come check out  Orange County native butterflies and the plants they depend on to live. Host plants are munched by caterpillars;  nectar plants provide nectar to the adult butterflies.

Native Plant Sale

Are you ready to SAVE MONEY on water and landscape maintenance?  Whether your goal is to draw more butterflies or birds to your yard, save water, reduce pesticide use, or showcase color throughout the year, native plants can help! We’ll have nativemilkweed, beach aster,yarrow, seaside daisy,monkey flower, coast sunflower, white sageand more!

Crafts & Games

Participate in a variety of fun games and crafts!  Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 – your “ticket” to make awesome crafts like tie dyed butterflies, “stained glass” spinners, “egg-odes”, cocoon necklaces, springy spirals, and bubble makers. We’ll also have a “decorate-your-bag” station as well as a recycled fashion show photo booth!

Face Painting & Henna Tattoos

Visit the Spring Faire and decorate your body!  Our face painters will be on hand to paint butterflies and caterpillars on your face, while our henna artists create beautiful designs on hands and feet.  All fees benefit our environmental education programs.

on the “Fire Circle Stage”

Gather ’round the Fire Circle Stage and sing along with Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders and listen to the  Young Singers of Orange County. Students fromCommunity Roots Academy will be on hand to read a spring themed book that they wrote themselves. Watch a live Bird of PreyPresentation, and learn all about wolves fromWolf Totem Ambassadors. Check the schedule HERE.

Live Animals

Live hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center will be on display.  Wolf Totem Ambassadors will be on hand with their ambassador wolves. OC Reptile Rescue will be on hand with a variety of amazing reptiles and invertebrates.Francisco the Bug Guy will have tarantulas, stick bugs, scorpions, madagascar cockroaches, and centipedes!



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