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Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you are drawn to people or nature, or to the indoors or outdoors, there is a volunteer niche for you at Upper Newport Bay. NBC Naturalists and Associates have contributed over 130,000 hours of documented volunteer service conducting water and walking tours, school and scout programs, hands-on restoration and a myriad of other activities.

Many volunteers get their feet wet, so to speak, at Coastal Cleanup Day held on the third Saturday of September. Each year about 1,000 people spend the morning picking up trash at UNB. Over 20,000 lbs. of trash and recyclables are collected. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome to volunteer at the Bay. Restoration of natural habitat has been an important part of our work since 1990. The community-based restoration programs are a great way for many to become involved at the helping the Bay.

If you have the time and energy to commit to volunteering on a more regular basis, become an Associate Volunteer. Associates staff the Interpretive Center front desk, conduct outreach, help organize special events, assist with water and walking tours and other education programs, perform stewardship activities, and provide administrative, fundraising and community relations support. A time commitment of at least 4 hours per month for twelve months, or equivalent is expected.

Next Associate Training Date:
Saturday, July 27 and Saturday, September 8, 2018
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center Library
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Naturalists Nights:
Thursday, July 12, 2018
History of the Gabrieleno Tribe
Spend an evening learning about the Kizh Gabrieleño Native Americans who once inhabited the entire Los Angeles basin, extending from Laguna Beach to Santa Barbara. Matthew Teutimez will share his family’s history in relation to the Back Bay as well as the Tribe’s continued plight to educate this generation about the innumerable values associated with our native flora and fauna and how their Tribe still utilizes these resources today. They use today’s science and yesteryear’s traditions to help explain how these resources were used in ancient times and how our generation can still benefit from these resources today. Matthew Teutimez is a Tribal Biologist with the Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians as well as the co-owner of Kizh National Resources Management. He earned his MS in Biology from California State University Long Beach.Free parking/admissing. This event is open to the public and our partners; any current volunteers or aspiring naturalists are welcome.
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center
6:30 p.m. Reception
7-9:00 p.m. Speaker
Thursday evenings are open to all volunteers and friends.

The Newport Bay Conservancy sponsors a 12-week Naturalist Training Class every Fall with lectures on Thursday nights and field work on Saturday mornings. This prestigious course, taught by college professors, provides the in-depth knowledge of the natural history and ecology of the Bay to allow Naturalists to teach others about the Bay and the plants and wildlife found there. Prior life sciences education at a high school or college level is not needed, but we ask that anyone interested in this program attend the Associate Training. Enthusiasm and a desire to share that enthusiasm with an elementary school, high school, adult or family audience are far more important.

For more information on volunteering or Naturalist Training, please contact Assistant Coordinator, Hilary Cunningham, hilary.cunningham@newportbay.org or 949-923-2296.