(949) 640-1751 info@newportbay.org

New Interpretive Signs

Highlighting Environmental Education in Upper Newport Bay

Plein Air Paintings

Each year artists from SOCALPAPA venture into the outdoors throughout Orange County, inspired to paint its beauty. Their creations are regularly displayed in the Peter and Mary Muth Center’s gift shop. A portion of each painting purchase goes to protecting and preserving the Bay.

The Importance of Eelgrass

You may have seen seagrasses washed up on the beach, in your local tide pools or in shallow water at low tide. However, you might not know how important seagrass is to our ocean ecosystems.

The Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) is focused exclusively on the conservation and restoration of Upper Newport Bay – one of the most precious natural resources in Southern California.

Visitors

Getting out on the water is one of the best ways of viewing the birds and other wildlife up close. The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a guided kayak tour every Saturday and Sunday morning year-round in partnership with the Newport Aquatic Center located at Northstar Beach.

Students

We offer a variety of education programs from child to adult that serve over 50,000 people each year. We conduct our own programs, and provide volunteer support for programs organized by our partners at the Interpretive Center and the Back Bay Science Center.

How to Help

Financial, practical, technical and influential support is critical as we strive to do what is best for the Bay, the watershed, and the people for generations to come. Please help us to achieve our vision.

The Newport Bay Conservancy (NBC) is the single organization focused exclusively on the conservation and restoration of Upper Newport Bay – one of the most precious natural resources in Southern California.

We organize community-based native habitat restoration and other service activities that involve the public and local businesses in the stewardship of the Bay.

We conduct various environmental education programs and nature tours for school and college groups and for the general public to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of the Bay and increase their awareness of the role they play in protecting the environment.

We undertake and support science-based adaptive management for over a square mile of protected tidelands and uplands in the heart of Newport Beach. This includes performing and sponsoring habitat and wildlife monitoring and research, implementing conservation projects, and providing information management services. In addition, we advocate and help facilitate integrated, sustainable management of the 154 square mile area of central Orange County that drains to the ocean via the Bay.

By controlling sediment and improving water quality in the Upper Newport Bay, we help protect the commercial and recreational value of Newport Harbor and beaches of Newport Beach.

Orange County is recognized as a globally important hotspot of biodiversity. The Bay, as home to several of the region’s most productive ecosystems, contributes to that diversity.

Our vision is that we will inspire the communities of our central Orange County watershed to work in harmony to enhance the natural beauty and ecological value of Upper Newport Bay and provide for the continued public enjoyment of this priceless resource.

Financial, practical, technical and influential support is critical as we strive to do what is best for the Bay, the watershed, the animals and the people. Please help us achieve our vision.