The “Friends Tour”

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Naturalist talking about the daily life of Native Americas who lived around the Bay

Tours currently ON HOLD until further notice. Check out our VIRTUAL Friends Tour here!

Newport Bay Conservancy traces its heritage back to 1967 when a group of citizens, including Frank and Frances Robinson, founded the Friends of Newport Bay to call attention to the ecological importance of the Bay and to enlist broad support for the retention and protection of the Bay in its relatively natural state. This group was at the forefront of environmental education, conducting monthly nature tours at the Bay starting in late 1968 that continue to this day!

The 90-minute tour is free and is conducted on the second Saturday of the month between October and March. It provides an easily understandable overview of the ecology and history of the Bay for the general public while serving as a useful adjunct to life science, marine biology and earth science classes. Meet at the Vista Point lookout at the corner of Eastbluff and Back Bay Drive where you will join a Naturalist who will lead you on a tour between outdoor “classrooms” set up along Back Bay Drive. Tours depart from the lookout  at approximately 9:00, 9:15 and 9:30 AM. Round-trip distance in a about a mile.

Reservations are requested; visit to reserve your spot. Tour stations and topics include:

The Bay
The Watershed
Feeding Adaptations
Bird Identification
Coastal Sage Scrub
Riparian and Freshwater Marsh
Marine Biology
Fish Species and Adaptation
Plankton and Algae
Rock Formation at the Bay
Changes Since the Last Ice Age
Major Geologic Structures

The escorting tour guide provides additional commentary during the walk between stations.

The escorting tour guide provides additional commentary during the walk between stations.