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Newport Beach

Volume 4, Issue 97  |  December 3, 2019

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. 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

Buck Gully stream

Courtesy of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Dept.

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 on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Hikes meet at Little Corona Lifeguard Tower #7 and is open to ages 13 years and above. Free.

Registration is available online at

California Holly & Winter Flora of Buck Gully/OASIS Shuttle Service Route    Led by Irvine Ranch Conservancy Staff. The California holly is special this time of year. On Friday, Dec. 13 from 9 -11 a.m. you will explore the holly and other neighboring flora thriving in Buck Gully during the cooler, wetter wintertime. This is a slow-paced hike on a fairly flat trail which traverses the lower half of Buck Gully. You will be shuttled to Canyon Watch Park from the OASIS Senior Center and hike back to the OASIS Center. The route will be mostly downhill, with a few short, steep sections. Sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water and binoculars are suggested. Distance: 2 miles. Duration: 2 hours. Difficulty: Easy. Meet at Buck Gully - OASIS Senior Center auxiliary lot at 5th and Marguerite in Corona del Mar. Geared to adults. Free. Register at

Bridges of Buck Gully Hike – Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8-11:30 a.m. led by an Irvine Ranch Conservancy Volunteer. 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, which offers a visually dramatic entrance into this special canyon. Open to 12 years and older. Distance is 5 miles; walking pace is approximately 3 miles per hour. 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.


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. 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 Drive, 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?

December 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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