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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, March 7 from 1-3 p.m.

Registration is available online at www.letsgooutside.org.

Buck Gully stream

Courtesy of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.

Bridges of Buck Gully Hike – Saturday, March 14 from 8-11:30 a.m., it is led by an Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff. Buck Gully is a natural, coastal canyon which opened to the public in 2012 with the installation of four bridges to allow for safe public access. These bridges facilitate exploration of the Buck Gully Reserve, and also provide unique vantages and viewing platforms from which to pause and observe the abundant life in and around the stream that splits the gully. The guided program starts with a short walk from the OASIS Senior Center to the beginning of the Buck Gully Trail, offering a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. Open to 12 years and older. Distance is 5 miles; duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Moderate difficulty. Bring water, a light trail snack and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Free. Registration required. Meet at the OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. www.LetsGoOutside.org.

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. www.newportbeach.surfrider.org

Interested in being a Tidepool Volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering as a tidepool docent, visit www.ocmarineprotection.org 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.