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Newport Beach

Let’s Get Outside...places to explore

Community Days, Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come explore parts of the Back Bay Science Center and participate in fun hands-on activities to learn more about the ocean.

Led by Newport Bay Conservancy volunteers. 600 Shellmaker Rd., Newport Beach.

Marine Protected Area Hikes – Join the Natural Resources Staff on a guided, informational 2.6-mile hike through Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area. Hikes meet at Little Corona Lifeguard Tower #7 and is open to ages 13 years and above. Free.

Hike Dates & Times:

–Saturday, Feb. 8 from 2-4 p.m.

–Saturday, March 7 from 1-3 p.m.

Registration is available online at

Buck Gully stream

Courtesy of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.

Buck Gully Upper Loop Evening Hike on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 3-5:30 p.m. Explore the richness of Upper Newport’s Buck Gully Reserve as you hike during the beautiful early evening hours. The stream is running and the rich plant and animal life are enjoying the cool, shady canyon making for an evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. You’ll walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully for the first mile, then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail. This activity is conducted at a walking pace, approximately 3 miles per hour. Led by an Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteer, this free hike is open to those 8 years and older. The distance is 4 miles; duration, 2.5 hours with moderate difficulty. Registration is required. Staging location: Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Coast. Bring water, a light trail snack, sturdy closed-toe shoes and supplies to keep you safe during the journey. Sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended. Register at

Monthly Beach Cleanups

Surfrider Foundation hosts a two-hour beach cleanup at 9 a.m. and a three-hour harbor cleanup at 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. On the fourth Sunday of each month, they partner with the Newport Beach Farmers’ Market for a beach clean up from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. To register, click here. They also partner with OC Public Works to host an annual flood control channel cleanup on Earth Day in April and Coastal Cleanup Day in September. For more information, contact Michelle Giron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beach Cleanups on the first Saturday of the month. Meet on the beach in front of Prospect Street and Ocean Front Boulevard in Newport Beach. They run from 9-11 a.m. There is paid public parking nearby, but there are limited spots.

Boys on beach for Let's Get Outside

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Courtesy of Crystal Cove Conservancy

Harbor Cleanups with volunteers meeting at Southwind Kayak Center at 100 N. Bayside Dr., Newport Beach. From PCH, turn onto Bayside Drive toward Newport Dunes.

Interested in being a Tidepool Volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering as a tidepool docent, visit for the next Orange County docent training dates and times.

Did You Know?

Winter marks the start of one of the coolest things that happens in Newport Beach – the Gray Whale migration! Usually beginning in February, adult and calf gray whales can be seen just yards off from the beach throughout Newport Beach, searching for food in the sand and scratching themselves on the shallow bottom. At a distance, look for their heart-shaped spout, since they have two blow holes instead of one.

Courtesy of the Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.


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