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 120,000 hours of volunteer service at Upper Newport Bay working in partnership with all the land owners. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and commitment of our roughly 200 active volunteers.

About every other month we do a Training/Orientation that explores the many ways to 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, August 5, 2017
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center Library
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Naturalists Nights:
Thursday, July 20, 6:30-7:30
Big Canyon Project Walk

NBC is getting more involved with a big project in Big Canyon and we want to share the progress and vision with all our volunteers. Join NBC Board President Peter Bryant in an easy evening walk as he brings us up-to-date on the future of Big Canyon.  Please note the event will start at 6:30 sharp and meets at the Big Canyon Parking Lot. No need to RSVP.  After the walk, join us at the Back Bay Bistro to socialize. As a reminder, Naturalist Nights are for everyone:  Associate Naturalists/General Volunteers, Naturalists, our partners, even prospective volunteers.

For a more information contact, our Volunteer Coordinator, Adelle Bennett at 949-923-2296 or

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