Almost caught up on our nature study posts for July!
We love the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) in Newport Beach, especially in the summer when other locations are to hot to visit. It’s close enough to the beach that you get the cool ocean air that helps everything feel better.
The butterfly house is a great place to see in the summer as well. They always seem to have Monarch butterflies and sometimes they have other species as well. They have guides available online to download of the different butterflies that can be seen there as well as local plants that are butterfly friendly. While we didn’t see any caterpillars this trip, we were able to see a butterfly laying its eggs, eggs that were close to hatching, and of course the chrysalis and adult monarchs.
The trails at the ENC are small but the kids always seem to enjoy it. We play on the rocks, look at the cactus, and end up at a small creek where we eat our lunch and the kids play near, or in, the water and under the large pine tree.