Free Nature Walks

Nature walks provide a variety of ways to learn about the Bay and experience the sights and sounds of nature – all for FREE. For most walks, they are two hours so make sure to bring appropriate footwear, sunscreen and binoculars if you have them!

Click HERE to view/register for any of the ongoing activities we have at the Bay, including our walks.

Friends Tour
On the Second Saturday from October through March, folks meet at Vista Point and enjoy a 90-minute stroll along Back Bay Drive a month for an easy hike for all ages to learn more about the Bay and our “friends” that call it home and some that like to visit.

Big Canyon Bird Survey
For those who are interested in following us along as we document the birds of Big Canyon during this  2 -3 hour outing typically on the third Thursday of the month. Contact Alys Arenas for more information on how to join. Suitable for beginners and advanced birders.All species documented on iNaturalist, Diversity of Upper Newport Bay.

Have a group of ten or more? If you give us a couple weeks, we can and pair you up with a Volunteer Naturalist to go exploring in the Bay. Naturalists have varied specialities. Suggested donation of $2-5 per person to help us train our next generation of Volunteer Naturalists. Contact

For links to walking tours and other activities within our watershed, visit