Look what’s happening at Upper Newport Bay

April is a busy month at Upper Newport Bay, with spring blossoming all around. From Toddler Treks and Critter Investigation of Clever Cottontails to nature journaling and celebrating Earth Day, the outdoors await!

Here’s the line-up:

April 5, 12 19 and 26 from 10-11 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.

April 10 from 10-11 a.m.: Critter Investigation: Clever Cottontails

OC Parks invites you to learn more about one of our most mammals: the cottontail rabbit. Join this fun program to learn about these clever creatures and how their populations thrive in our parks. This program includes a storytime, 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 required. Register here for Clever Cottontails.

April 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Earth Day at the Bay

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OC Parks at their vendor booth during a previous Earth Day

OC Parks and the Newport Bay Conservancy invite you to attend their annual celebration: Earth Day at the Bay. This free, family-friendly event features environmental-themed exhibits from community partners and local artists. Booths will feature activities which include arts and crafts, science discovery and educational information. There will be live music throughout the day as well as a scavenger hunt complete with prizes. Be sure to enter the opportunity drawing as well. Food trucks will be on-site with tasty treats available for purchase. For more information, visit https://ocparks.com/events/earth-day-bay.

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Explore Upper Newport Bay through nature journaling

April 26 from 9-11 a.m.: Nature Journaling

Nature journaling is a wonderful tool to make observations, create lasting memories and foster a deeper connection with nature. Each session will cover the basics of nature journaling, including basic art principles and journal anatomy. Monthly prompts will help guide your eyes and ears to the wonders in nature. Bring a nature journal and your own art materials such as pencils, pens, or watercolors. A portable chair is recommended along with sun protection, water and snacks. Be prepared to move along the trail a short distance and sit to document the beauty around you. This program is geared for ages 12 and older. No experience is necessary. The program and parking are free. You will begin on the patio of the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Adverse weather may cancel the program. Advance registration is required. Register here for Nature Journaling.

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located here. For more information, call 949.923.2290 or email unbic@ocparks.com. Visit https://newportbay.org.


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