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Community Based Restoration

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, Project Grow, Orange County Parks or City of Newport Beach, with the support of NBC Volunteers.

ASL Restoration
Newport Bay Conservancy received funding from US Fish & Wildlife Service for a 5-year project to eliminate invasive Algerian Sea Lavender (ASL) from the Bay. Volunteer groups go out to remove the plant either by hand pulling or covering dense areas with black plastic sheeting on Wednesday mornings. For information or to reserve your place, please contact Newport Bay Conservancy, at (949) 923-2269 or info@newportbay.org.

Bayview Restoration
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 Friday 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.

Project Grow
Hosted by Project Grow, the public can participate in restoration activities on selected Saturday (ROOTS in Newport Valley) or Wednesday (Steward Days in the Native Plant Nursery at the Back Bay Science Center) mornings. 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@projectgrowca.org. A signed waiver is needed for each participant. For those under 18, this must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Second Sundays
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 on the second Sunday of each month. 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.

Visit, Let’sGoOutside.org and search “stewardship” or “trail work” to look for other restoration events throughout the county that an individual or group may participate.