Community-based Restoration at Newport BayHands-on habitat restoration activities are a great opportunity for the public to be involved in a meaningful way here at the Bay without making any long-term volunteer commitment. Service learning hours are available and groups are welcome. During the rainy season, native plants are planted. At other times of the year the activities are more maintenance oriented, and include removal of non-native plants and temporary watering of the new natives. Participants are also taught why these activities are so important to the long-term protection of the Bay. Service learning hours are available for students.

All restoration activities are planned by Newport Bay Conservancy, California Coastal Commission, Orange County Parks or Irvine Ranch Conservancy, with the support of NBC Naturalists.

Bayview Restoration
(Selected Fridays each month) Newport Bay Conservancy received funding from US Fish & Wildlife Service, Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project and R.E.I to restore some of the upper and lower part of the Bayview area of the UNB.  Restoration takes place on selected mornings each month. For information or to reserve your place, please contact Newport Bay Conservancy, at (949) 923-2269 or info@newportbay.org. For those under 18, this must be signed by a parent or guardian. To help us, please download, complete and sign the OC Parks Waiver.

ROOTS
(3rd or 4th Saturday each month) Hosted by the California Coastal Commission’s Community-Based Restoration and Education Program, these take place typically on the 4th Saturday of the month, except during November and December, from 9:00 AM to noon. and take place at various locations at UNB. All ages are welcome. Under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For information or to reserve your place, please contact Matt Yurko, Coordinator, at (949) 640-0286 or myurko@coastal.ca.gov. A signed waiver is needed for each participant. For those under 18, this must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Second Sundays
(2nd Sunday each month) Join Orange County Parks Staff at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center to enhance the Nature Preserve habitat with non-native plant removal and native plantings. All ages are welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. These take place typically on the 2nd Sunday of the month, from 9:00 AM to noon. For information or to reserve your place, please contact OC Parks at 949-923-2295 or unbic@ocparks.com. A signed waiver is needed for each participant. For those under 18, this must be signed by a parent or guardian. To help us, please download, complete and sign the OC Parks Waiver.

Second Thursday Habitat Restoration
(2nd Thursday each month) Irvine Ranch Conservancy hosts habitat restoration in the Big Canyon area of the UNB.  These take place typically on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9:00 AM to noon. Best for individuals ages 14 and up. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For information or to reserve your place, please visit, Let’s Go Outside.org and search for “Second Thursday” or “Big Canyon.”