Aliso\Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Ronald W. Casper's Wilderness Park
Chino Hills State Park
Cleveland National Forest
Crystal Cove State Park
Dana Point Youth & Group Facility
Doheny State Beach
Environmental Nature Center
The Nature Conservancy
Inside the Outdoors
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Irvine Regional Park
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Oak Canyon Nature Center
O'Neill Regional Park
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy
San Clemente State Beach
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Santiago Park & Nature Reserve
Shipley Nature Center
Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Transportation Corridor Agencies
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
Upper Newport Bay Naturalists & Friends
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

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Specialists
Bob Allen - Orange County Wildflowers
Peter Bryant’s Natural History of OC
Stephanie Remington – Bats in Orange County

 

Aliso\Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Chino Hills State Park
Cleveland National Forest
Crystal Cove State Park
Dana Point Youth\Group Facility
Doheny State Beach
Environmental Nature Center
The Nature Conservancy
Irvine Open Space Preserve
Irvine Regional Park
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Oak Canyon Nature Center
O'Neill Regional Park
Orange County Zoo
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
San Clemente State Beach
San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Santiago Park
Shipley Nature Center
Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Transportation Corridor Agencies
Upper Newport Bay
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY WILD

 

Upper Newport Bay
Nature Preserve
County of Orange
CA Department of Fish and Game

Calendar Listings for the
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve

WINTER 2003
This season is a wonderful time to visit the Back Bay
as the migratory birds have returned!

Dr. Sue's Traveling Insect & Arthropod Zoo - January 11, 1:00 - 2:30pm
Learn about amazing arthropods - how spiders are related to rolly pollies and butterflies, how to tell centipedes from millipedes and why insects like ants and beetles and cockroaches rule the planet. Touch silky silkworms, see baby beetles, hear cockroaches hiss and watch walking sticks do what they do best! Come and let Dr. Sue bug YOU! Ages 5 and up are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for duration of program. For reservations please call 949-923-2295. Location: The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Toddler Time "Sneaky Snakes" - Wednesday, January 15, 9:00 - 9:45 (2-3 year olds) or 10:00 - 10:45 (3-4 year olds) Join a Park Ranger for this parent and child educational playtime with a snake theme. Enjoy stories, movement and hands on fun for 2 to 4 year old junior naturalists. Parent participation is required. The fee for this program is $3.00 per child. To register, please call (949) 923-2295. Location: The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Upper Newport Bay Night Hike- Saturday, January, 25 7:00pm-8:30pm
When the sun goes down another world of wildlife becomes active. Come and join us for a night hike and learn about the wonders nighttime brings to our nature preserve. We will talk about how animals see at night, what animals become active, the effects the moon has on wildlife and much more. This is a family program best suited for ages 5 and up, although younger children are welcome. Fee for this program is $3.00 per person, children under 5 are free. For reservations and meeting place, please call 949-923-2295. If it is raining the program will be re-scheduled. Remember, dress warm for the evening chill.

 

Preschool Time - "What Animals Live Here?" Wednesday, January 29, 10:00am - 10:45am
Join us for story time and hands-on fun in this parent-child learning experience about the animals that live here in the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. Best suited for ages 3 and 4. The fee for this program is $3.00 per child. For reservations please call 949-923-2295. Location: The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

The Games People Played- Saturday, February 1st- 10:30am to 12:00pm
Come join the Ranger as we explore the games Native American children of the Back Bay might have played. Learn how the Tongva (Gabrielino) taught their children important life skills through games and play. Make authentic toys to take home. Meet at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive center- 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. Fee for this family program is $3.00 per person. Best suited for ages 5 and up. Space is limited. To register, please call (949) 923-2295.

Tracking Skills, Saturday, February 8, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Do you want to be a Nature Super Slooth? Join tracking expert Dean Schroeder and learn to be the Sherlock Holmes of the Nature Preserve! Spend the morning learning tracking basics, then put your skills to the test on the open trail. This family program is best suited for ages 8 and up. Fee for this program is $7.00 per person. To register, please call 949-923-2295. Location: The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Zoomobile: Magnificent Mammals - Saturday, February 15, 2:00-3:30
What does it mean to be a mammal? What do mammals and pieces of a jigsaw puzzle have in common? By examining skulls, skeletons, skins, and live animals, you'll see that every kind of mammal is different yet they all fit together and depend on each other (just like a jigsaw puzzle!) Come learn, see and feel the difference between several different kinds of mammals, some from your own neighborhood and others from different countries of the world! This program is best suited for ages 5 and up. The fee for this program is $7.00 per child. For reservations please call 949-923-2295. Location: The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Toddler Time "Bird Watching Hike" - Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 - 11:00
Join a Park Ranger for this parent and child bird watching nature hike. Fun for 3 and 4 year old junior bird watchers. Pre-registration is required. 1 child per adult is recommended. Maps and instructions will be provided with registration information. RAIN CANCELS (program will be re-scheduled). The fee for this program is $3.00 per child. For reservations and meeting place, please call (949) 923-2295. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Mysterious Water World- Saturday, February 22, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Have you ever wondered what animals live in the saltwater freshwater mixture we call estuary? We will explore the mysterious water world of the Upper Newport Bay and discover the unique creatures that live in our estuary. This is a family program best suited for ages 5 and up, but younger children are welcome. Fee for this program is $3.00 per person, children under 5 are free. For reservations please call 949-923-2295. Location: The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

"How and Why Birds Migrate"- Sunday, February 23, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Did you know the Rufous Hummingbird holds the record for the longest migration of any bird in terms of body length? (49 million body lengths between Alaska and their winter range.) Join us in exploring the mysteries of how and why birds migrate. Best suited for ages 6 and up. Fee for this program is $3.00. For reservations please call 949-923-2295. Location: The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Saturday, March 8th, Astronomy night 7:00-9:00pm
Look-Up with the Orange County Astronomers! Join members of the Orange County Astronomers (one of the largest local astronomy clubs in the USA) for an inspirational tour of the night sky. This program is open to all ages and will include a presentation and observation with telescopes. There is no fee for this program, only a suggested donation of $2.00 per participant towards the Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends. For reservations please call 949-923-2295. Location: The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Toddler Time "Mud and Muck!" - Wednesday, March 19, 9:00 - 9:45 (2-3 year olds) or 10:00 - 10:45 (3-4 year olds)
Join a Park Ranger for this parent and child educational playtime with a mud theme. Enjoy stories, movement and hands on fun for 2 to 4 year old junior naturalists. DON'T wear good clothes- dress for a mess! Parent participation is required. The fee for this program is $3.00 per child. To register, please call (949) 923-2295. Location: The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Upper Newport Bay Night Hike Saturday March 29, 7:00pm-8:30pm
When the sun goes down another world of wildlife becomes active. Come and join us for a night hike and learn about the wonders nighttime brings to our nature preserve. We will talk about how animals see at night, what animals become active, the effects the moon has on wildlife and much more. This is a family program best suited for ages 5 and up, although younger children are welcome. Fee for this program is $3.00 per person, children under 5 are free. For reservations and meeting place, please call 949-923-2295. If it is raining the program will be rescheduled. Remember, dress warm for the evening chill.

Tigers of the Sky and the OC Birds of Prey Center - March 15, 2:00-3:30
Learn about some of the top predators of the sky and about their amazing adaptations for capturing their prey. You will meet owls from the Orange County Birds of Prey Center and do an owl pellet dissection to see what these magnificent birds eat. Suggested ages 5 and up. Fee for this family program is $5.00 per participant. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. To make a reservation please call 949-923-2295. Location: The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Canoe the Back Bay Every Saturday
Join a trained naturalist for a guided canoe tour of the Back Bay. Canoes are made available, on loan, from the Boy Scouts of America. Meet at Shellmaker Island, 600 Shellmaker, Newport Beach, on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. for a 2-hour tour. Fee is $10 per person. California Wildlife Campaign (CWC) and Newport Bay Naturalists & Friends (NBNF) members are free. For canoe reservations call (949) 640-6746 or (714) 973-6826.

Kayak Tours Every Sunday
Join a trained naturalist for a guided kayak tour of the Back Bay. Kayaks are made available through the Newport Dunes Resort. Meet at Newport Dunes at 10:00 a.m. for a 2-hour tour. Fee is $20 per person. CWC and NBNF members pay $10. For kayak reservations call (949) 729-1150 (weekends only) or (800) 585-0747.

Walking Tour - Jan. 4, 18; Feb. 1, 15; Mar. 1,15
Join a trained naturalist at Shellmaker Island at 9:00 a.m. for a 2-hour walk along the Upper Newport Bay. Bring binoculars and sun protection. No reservations required. For information call (714) 973-6826 or (949) 640-6746. Location: Shellmaker Island, 600 Shellmaker, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Free.

Friends of Newport Bay Walking Tour - Jan. 11; Feb. 8; Mar. 8
Walk along the Back Bay and visit Interpretive Stations featuring specialists and friends of the bay. Tours leave every 15 minutes between 9:00 and 10:15 a.m. Meet at the observation post at the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Back Bay Road. Turn off Jamboree Blvd. At Eastbluff Drive North. Bring binoculars and sun protection. No reservations required. For information call (714) 973-6826 or (949) 640-6746. Free.

Electric Boat Tour of the Upper Newport Bay - Jan. 18; Feb. 15; Mar. 15
Join a naturalist on a guided tour of the bay on our electric pontoon boat. Boat leaves at 11:00 a.m. from the Shellmaker Island education dock, 600 Shellmaker, Newport Beach. Maximum of 8 people will be accepted. Fee is $10. For electric boat reservations call (949) 640-6746 or (714) 973-6826.

Marine Life Inventory - Jan. 4; Feb. 1; Mar. 1
High school and college students are invited to participate in a monthly marine life-monitoring program in Newport Bay. The program takes place at the Marine Studies Center on Shellmaker Island, 600 Shellmaker, Newport Beach from 8:15 - 11:30 a.m. You will be assigned to one of the following: beach seine, bottom trawl, water quality work/plankton tow or fish measuring station. Community service credit will be given. Space fills up fast, so call the Center at least 5 days in advance for reservations (949-640-9961). Free.

Science at the Upper Newport Bay - Jan. 8; Feb. 12; Mar. 12
Spend an evening with a marine science researcher at the Marine Studies Center on Shellmaker Island. Program is particularly geared toward junior high, high school and college students and teachers, but the general public is welcome. Program takes place from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Call the lab for reservations (949-640-9961). Free. Location: Shellmaker Island, 600 Shellmaker, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Marine Studies Center Open House - Feb. 5; Mar. 5
The Upper Newport Bay Marine Studies Center staff and local science teachers will be available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to answer your questions concerning: homework in marine / estuarine science; community service; internships; parental help opportunities. Call the lab for information (949-640-9961). Free. Location: Shellmaker Island, 600 Shellmaker, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Marine Studies Center Bay Bottom Trawls - Jan. 10; Feb. 7; Mar. 7
Marine Studies Center staff and local science teachers will conduct bottom trawls of Newport Bay in an effort to better explain bay ecology to students interested in marine science. Program takes place from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Available to high school and college age students. Maximum of 10 students. Call the Center for information and reservations (949-640-9961). Free. Location: Shellmaker Island, 600 Shellmaker, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Upper Newport Bay Steward Days Every Wednesday
Green thumbs welcome! Encourage the Bay's unique genetics to move-in at our restoration sites by collecting seeds, propagating plants, and helping with nursery operations. Meet at the Exotic Hut on Shellmaker Island, 600 Shellmaker, Newport Beach, Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. Please let us know if you will be joining in the fun: (949) 640-0286.

Upper Newport Bay Restoration Teamwork every fourth Saturday - Jan. 25, Feb. 22, Mar. 22
Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive non-native plants and plant coastal sage scrub in order to promote native wildlife. Training, tools, refreshments, camaraderie and beautiful scenery are provided. All ages welcome! Meet at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 at 9:00 a.m.; call (949) 640-0286 for more information.