The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) will present its 14th annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening on Sunday May 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Faire will feature a Youth Art Show, native plant sale, crafts, face painting, sing alongs with local performers, nature games, live native animals and delicious food and beverages from local restaurants at the Savor OC Restaurant and Caterer Showcase. Over 4,000 people are expected to attend. More info at encenter.org. The ENC is located at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach.
Orange County’s only butterfly house will re-open at the Spring Faire. Visitors can observe Orange County native butterflies interacting with locally native host and nectar plants. Native plants will be available for sale. Native plants draw butterflies and birds, save water, eliminate the need for pesticide use, and showcase color throughout the year.
Local restaurants and caterers will feature some of their best beverages and dishes at the Savor OC. Guests will enjoy sampling food and drinks from Above All Catering, Sensitive Sweets, Kean Coffee, Mi Casa, Urbana, Shirley’s Bagels, Bluewater Grill, Fishbonz, Old World’s European Market and Caliente.
Guests will be able to purchase a reusable ENC canvas bag for $5 their “ticket” to make five awesome crafts.
​​​​​​​Children ages 4-18 will exhibit their art and the Youth Art Showcase. This year’s theme is “Diversity in Nature” where prizes will be provided by Lisa Albert Art Studio, Art Supply Warehouse, C’est Si Bon Bakery, and Saddleback College Fashion Program.
Face painters will paint butterflies and caterpillars on participants’ faces; fees from these attractions will benefit the ENC’s environmental education programs.
Live hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center will be showcased during a live performance.
At 10:30am the Young Singers of Orange County will perform, followed by the Sweetwater Creek Band at 11:15am. The ENC’s own Valerie Bain will present the ENC’s Animal Ambassadors at 12:15pm, and the OC Bird of Prey Center will give a presentation featuring live raptors at 1:15pm. University of California Irvine’s Vermillion Vocalists will perform at 2:15pm.
About the ENC
Founded in 1972, the ENC is a fascinating combination of 15 California native plant communities, wildlife habitat, walking trails, and sustainably designed, LEED Platinum certified learning center. For nearly 50 years years, the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a 5-acre landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life’s pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 28,000 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.
With a mission of providing quality education through hands-on experience with nature, 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.  The ENC is a non-profit 501(c)-3 public benefit corporation.  For more information call 949-645-8489, or visit www.ENCenter.org. The ENC is located at 1601 16th St. in Newport Beach.