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Interpretive Center Programs

The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free, but there may be a fee for scheduled programs. Please call 949-923-2269 or email carissa.macias@newportbay.org for more information.

School Programs
thank you school toursSchool programs are conducted by Newport Bay Conservancy volunteers on Tuesday mornings for Grades K-5. All aligned with California State Science Content Standards.

Kindergarten – “Exploration” – Students learn about how plants grow and some of the animals found in the Bay though a short hike, story time and scavenger hunt.

First Grade – “Critter Connections” – Students learn about bay animals, their habitats and how they are all interdependent.

Second Grade – “Mud Meals and Soil Stories” – Students share hands-on explorations of wetland and upland soil, make discoveries about bay animals through exhibit activities, learn about the mud flat habitat and use microscopes to observe mud organisms.

Third Grade – “Avian Adaptations” – Students learn bird adaptations and migration through exhibit and outdoor games and activities. Students use binoculars to observe our feathered friends in their natural habitats.

Inside the Outdoors also conducts grade school programming at the Interpretive Center. For more information on their programs, visit their website.

Family Programs

Plein Air Art Class on PatioFamily programs are offered on various days. They are designed to let kids learn about nature and have fun at the same time.

Wild Tales – Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (ages 2-5) – Visit us for story-telling fun! After a story, learn more about the natural history of the Bay through crafts, hands-on activities and nature walks. Come prepared for exciting experiences! $5.00 per child and pre-registration is required.

Kids Crafty Sundays – One Sunday each month,  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ages 3-12) – FREE activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom, each month with a different educational theme to explore. The activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. No registration necessary.