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Free Nature Walks

Our nature walks provide a variety of ways to learn about the Bay and experience the sights and sounds of nature – all for FREE. Unless noted, call 949-923-2269 to RSVP. For most walks, they are two hours so make sure to bring appropriate footwear, sunscreen and binoculars if you have them!

Explore the Bay Family Hike
Meet other families at the Peter and Mary Muth Center’s patio a couple Saturdays a month for an easy hike for all ages to learn more about the Bay and enjoy the trails around it. The hike is only an hour — depending on the weather and will be on both paved and dirt trails. No formal program, as it’s a great introduction to the Bay and a Naturalist will talk about whatever you discover along the way.

Big Canyon Bird and Plant Walk
Expert Newport Bay Conservancy Naturalists conduct highly informative themed plant and bird programs at Big Canyon on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  These interpretive programs, which involve a short walk in an area where several habitats meet, provide a great introduction for those interested in identifying the birds and plants they see at the Bay. If a particular theme is not stated, the Naturalist will discuss items of special interest encountered by the group along the way, such as a bird in breeding plumage or a rare plant that is flowering at the time. This is a “serendipity” walk.

Big Canyon Bird Walk
For those of you who are interested in a more intense bird-watching experience and the possibility of seeing something rare, one of our bird experts offers a 2 -3 hour outing at Big Canyon on the last Sunday of the month (except in December). All species documented on eBird.org. April 2017 bird count can be found HERE. Suitable for beginners and advanced birders.

Back Bay Drive Nature Walks
Join a Naturalist at Shellmaker Island on the first Saturday of each month for a leisurely morning walk along Bay Back Drive observing birds and plants. A side channel of the estuary runs adjacent to the multi-purpose road and there are great opportunities to view shorebirds, waterfowl and other birds.

Shellmaker Discovery Tour 
Join the California Department of Fish & Wildlife Naturalist to learn about Shellmaker Island’s rich history; the future of the Back Bay Science Center; and discover unusual and endangered plants, birds and crab habitats. RSVP to 949-640-9956 or Kathleen.sheridan@wildlife.ca.gov. Dates for 2017 are Saturdays, 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8, 8/12, 9/9, 10/7, 11/4 and 12/9.

For links to walking tours and other activities within our watershed, visit www.letsgooutside.org.