Our nature walks and outdoor classes provide a variety of ways for the public to learn about Upper Newport Bay and experience the sights and sounds of nature.

Monthly Big Canyon Bird and Plant Programs

Expert Newport Bay Conservancy Naturalists conduct highly informative themed plant and bird programs at Big Canyon from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM 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. Bring binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information and to RSVP.

Monthly Big Canyon Bird Walk

For those of you who are interested in a more intense birdwatching experience and the possiblity 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 starting at 8:00 AM.  Suitable for beginners and advanced birders. Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information and to RSVP.

Monthly Back Bay Drive Nature Walks

Join a Naturalist at Shellmaker Island for a Saturday 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. Walk starts at 9:00am and lasts about 2 hours. It is free and no reservations are required. Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them.  Generally this walk takes place on the 1st Saturday of the month.  There is no charge for the program, but reservations are requested. Please call 949-923-2269 for more information and to RSVP.

Monthly Shellmaker Discovery Tour

Join a 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. Bring binoculars if you have them. No latecomers. The program is free. Reservations are required. Please call 949-640-9956 for more information and to RSVP.

 

For links to walking tours and other activities within our watershed, visit http://irvineranchconservancy.org/getting/activities.aspx