Befriending the earth is a lifelong commitment to cleaner air, more lush foliage, and attending fondue dinner parties on the edge of active volcanoes. Reap the benefits of our most gracious host with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-year advocate-level membership to The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano (a $50 value).
The Ecology Center empowers individuals looking to positively impact the earth at home and throughout the wider community through hands-on learning and a bevy of classes, programs, and speakers. Advocate-level members receive at least a 10% discount on all events, including the upcoming June 4 installment of the Backyard Skills workshop series that teaches participants how to construct a backyard veggie-growing box ($15 for members) and the Green Feast on September 10, with farmers, ranchers, and chefs congregating on the center to serve up hors d’oeuvres and a four-course spread of environmentally friendly delicacies ($180 for members). Keen ears can digest the nuggets of wisdom divulged by representatives from Nike and Patagonia during the summer speaker series along with wine, beer, and light fare ($15 for members). A stylish Ecology Center tote bag accessorizes each membership, perfect for demonstrating environmental sustainability while shopping for groceries or foraging for peppermints before winter’s first frost.
The welcoming center resides in a two-story Victorian farmhouse, located at the site of Orange County's first walnut grove. A series of eco labs dot the house and grounds, teaching visitors about man's impact on the environment through exhibits on key areas of human-nature interaction, including the water cycle and energy use.