Look what’s happening at Upper Newport Bay

February is a busy month at Upper Newport Bay. From Toddler Treks and Guided Mindful Nature Walks to Second Sunday Restoration and Critter Investigation of Barn Owls, the outdoors await!

Here’s the line-up:

February 2, 9 16 and 23 from 10-10:45 a.m.: Toddler Treks

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Toddler Treks includes a storytime, age-appropriate hike and themed craft, geared for ages 2-5

Spending time outside is one of the best ways to nurture curiosity and instill a love of the natural world. Bring your young ones and join OC Parks staff to learn all about Upper Newport Bay. Toddler Treks is offered every Friday and includes a storytime, age-appropriate hike and themed craft. Each week will focus on a different topic that encourages young ones to learn about the outdoors. The program begins at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Program content is tailored for ages 2-5, but all are welcome to attend. Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes. Advance registration is required. Register here for Toddler Treks.

February 9 and 17 from 9-11 a.m.: Guided Mindful Nature Walk

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Observe the sights, sounds and smells of nature during an intimate Guided Mindful Nature Walk

Join OC Parks staff and volunteers to observe the sights, sounds and smells of nature during an intimate nature walk led by a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Through a series of invitations, you will be encouraged to explore in the present moment and deepen your connection with nature. Experience the benefits of spending time outdoors in a mindful way during a lovely morning at Upper Newport Bay. Please note this is a slow-paced program that is designed for ages 16 and older. Advance registration is required. Register here for Guided Mindful Nature Walk.

February 11 from 9-11:30 a.m.: Second Sunday Restoration

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Roll up your sleeves to assist in restoring Upper Newport Bay

Join Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve staff and volunteers in enhancing the Upper Bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash cleanup and Butterfly Garden maintenance. No experience is necessary. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, snacks and a refillable water bottle. Water and tools are provided. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited so advance registration is recommended. Register here for Second Sunday Restoration.

February 14 from 10-11 a.m.: Critter Investigation: Loving Barn Owls

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Discover loving barn owls during Critter Investigation

OC Parks invites you to learn more about one of our common nocturnal animals: the loving barn owl. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about these amazing creatures, as well as how barn owls care for their young. This fun and engaging program includes a storytime, age-appropriate hike and themed craft. The program begins at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Program content is tailored for the preschool level (ages 2-5), but all are welcome to attend. Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes. Advance registration is required. This event is currently full. Register here for Critter Investigation.

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