There are many groups that work with us at the Bay performing habitat restoration and other stewardship activities such as trash removal and trail maintenance. These groups range from high school classes to homeowner associations to corporate service teams. The following are some of our fellow stewards:
Early College High School
Early College High School, located in Costa Mesa, is an innovative approach to providing students with a defined and focused path to community college enrollment by overlapping high school and community college classes, and engaging students in real world experiences. Students have adopted Upper Newport Bay, and their teachers work extensively with the California Coastal Commission, OC Parks and NBC to develop and conduct customized stewardship and other programs here. A particularly important collaboration is the annual Environmental Fair we host at which biology students from ECHS present their perspectives on various environmental issues and possible solutions.
Volcom plays a major part in the promotion of environmental stewardship among today’s youth. Volcom is an important partner in Cleanup Day at the Bay, generously underwriting and providing 1,200 tee-shirts handed out to the volunteers who participated.
UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County
Master Gardeners help in the native plant nursery, and with Roots, and earn volunteer hours there. Master Gardeners are trained to help residents of Orange County become better gardeners. Using a variety of activities such as workshops, lectures, and a garden hotline, these volunteers answer questions about home horticulture, sustainable landscaping, and integrated pest management using University of California research-based information.
Orange County Society of Conservation Biology
The Orange County Chapter of the Society of Conservation Biology seeks to increase the involvement of Orange County citizens in local conservation-based science. OC-SCB facilitates this involvement through guest lectures, outdoor activities, hands-on habitat restoration and research opportunities.
Newport Sea Base
The Newport Sea Base, has provided fun and valuable educational maritime-based programs to all youth for over 70 years. They are an important partner in the Annual UNB Cleanup Event, as well as Estuary Awareness Day at the Back Bay Science Center.