Tom Fox Teaching Naturalist Class

Tom Fox Teaching Naturalist Class

Many organizations proclaim that their people are their greatest asset. For NBC this is resoundingly true. Our passionate and talented Naturalists have contributed well over 100,000 hours of volunteer service at Upper Newport Bay working in partnership with our seasoned staff. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and commitment of our roughly 200 active volunteers.

About every other month we do a Training/Orientation where we will discuss and explore the many ways you can get involved. The opportunities are endless; from helping with kayak and outrigger tours, staffing the interpretive center, helping with special events, assisting with restoration projects and leading school groups. Once you complete this one day training course, you will be eligible to attend a 11-week Naturalist training course about the ecology of the Bay which will begins each fall.

Next Training Date:
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center Library
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Naturalists Nights:
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Dr. Allan Schoenherr,  Fullerton College Emeritus Professor of Ecology, speaking on Wild and Beautiful, A Natural History of Open Spaces in Orange County. Be sure to come out for this engaging discussion about Orange Counties public lands. Copies of his book “Wild and Beautiful” will be available for sale and signing. (If you miss the event, his book is available at the Gift Shop.)
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center Library
6:30 p.m. Reception
7-9:00 p.m. Speaker
Thursday evenings are open to all volunteers and friends. For a complete schedule contact, our Volunteer Coordinator, Adelle Bennett at 949-923-2296 or

Find out more about volunteer opportunities.