In recognition of countless hours of volunteer toil in the soil, Saturday was a day of celebration at the Shipley Nature Center.
The center staged its first Spring Festival, showcasing the beauty of the grounds alongside educational activities.
"Basically, the purpose of the festival was to celebrate the recent accomplishments at the center," said Steve Engel, president of the more than 1,000-member support group Friends of the Shipley Nature Center. "It's a day of recognition, to show the public just what the center is all about."
Activities included a California native plant sale and an information fair with displays set up by nature-friendly organizations such as Amigos de Bolsa Chica, the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy and Inside the Outdoors, an environmental science program within the Orange County Department of Education.