Look what’s happening at Upper Newport Bay in March

March events at Upper Newport Bay feature Toddler Treks, a Guided Mindful Nature Walk, Biking the Bay and Critter Investigation of Turkey Vultures…something for everyone.

March 8, 15, 22 and 29 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.

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During a guided nature walk, explore in the present moment and deepen your connection with nature

March 15 from 8-10 a.m.: Guided Mindful Nature Walk

Join the 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 Nature Preserve. This is a slow-paced program designed for ages 16 and older. Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes. The program and parking are free. You will begin on the patio outside of the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Adverse weather may cancel the program. Advance registration is required. Register here.

March 16 at 9:30 a.m.: Biking the Bay

Join OC Parks for an interpretive bike ride around Upper Newport Bay. Participants will have the opportunity to get their heart rate up and pedal around the bay, all while learning about local ecology and history. This moderately paced ride will cover a 10-mile section of the Back Bay Loop Trail over the course of 2.5 hours. You will remain on the paved portion of the trail and will have interpretive stops along the way. The program will begin and end at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center and participants must provide their own bike and helmet. Advance registration is required. Register here.

March 20 from 10-11 a.m.: Critter Investigation: Tidy Turkey Vultures

Come learn about a special member of nature’s clean-up crew: the turkey vulture. Join this fun program to learn more about these tidy creatures and how they obtained their nickname. This program includes storytime, an age-appropriate hike and themed craft. Activities will begin at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Program content is tailored for the preschool and kindergarten level (ages 2-6), but all are welcome to attend. Please wear comfortable attire and closed-toe shoes. Advance registration is required. Register here.


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