Explore Upper Newport Bay

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Here in your own backyard, check out these events at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve to get you exploring the outdoors.

Explore Upper Newport Bay kayaking

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Kayaking Upper Newport Bay

Wild Tales: Fridays, May 13, 20, 27. Wild Tales will be offered every Friday from 10-10:45 a.m. and includes a different outdoor story time in their newly renovated amphitheater, an age-appropriate hike and a craft project in their classroom. Activities are designed for ages 2-4, but all are welcome. Register at

Global Big Day at the Bay: Saturday, May 14. The Global Big Day is an international bird-watching event sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This year, come participate at Upper Newport Bay from 8-10 a.m. Last year, more than 51,000 people from 192 countries participated and they are hoping to break that record this year. Register at

Snakes at the Bay: Sunday, May 15. Learn about the slithery, not slimy snakes who live at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and are a very beneficial part of the ecosystem. The program takes place from 1-3 p.m. and begins at the newly renovated Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center amphitheater where you will meet live, non-venomous native snakes up close and in person. After learning from their animal ambassadors, you will head out on the trails and see if you can find any wild snakes around the Bay. Register at

Full Moon Hike – Total Lunar Eclipse Edition: Sunday, May 15. Meet at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center for a walk around the Bay from 7:30-10 p.m. You will see and hear nocturnal animals as the “night shift” clocks in for duty. As you walk, you will count down until moon rise and be greeted with a total lunar eclipse in progress when it does. If conditions are favorable, you will also examine the moon through their telescope after the hike. Register at

Backyard Bugs: Saturday, May 21. Insects are the most diverse group of animals on planet Earth and make up 80% of all known species. There are more different kinds of bugs than all the other types of animals combined. Join a family friendly trek around Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve from 1-3 p.m. to learn all about these amazing animals who have perfected the art of ecological specialization. Insects may have a reputation for being icky, but in fact, they are essential pollinators who are needed to sustain life on our planet. Register at

Family Walk at the Bay: Sunday, May 22. Join an easy, stroller-friendly walk along Upper Newport Bay from 10-11:30 a.m. to enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells of spring. You will stay on the paved Bayview Trail and pause frequently to observe birds, bugs, wildflowers, and any other wildlife that happens to be present. Register at

Junior Ranger Day at the Bay: Sunday, May 22. Come earn your Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate at Upper Newport Bay from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Participants will go on a guided hike, complete the junior ranger activity book and take the junior ranger oath. Activities will be designed for learners in the 9-12 age range, but everyone is welcome. Register at

Crafty Kids Sunday: Sunday, May 29. Come join a fun, themed craft project anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Crafty Kids Sunday features free craft activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom. Register at