May 6, 13, 20, 27: Wild Tales / 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Wild Tales will be offered every Friday and includes a different outdoor storytime in our newly renovated amphitheater, an age-appropriate hike, and a craft project in our classroom. Registration: www.letsgooutside.org/ocparks/activities.
May 7: Accessibility Day at the Bay / 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Accessibility Day at the Bay introduces deaf and hard of hearing children and their parents to Back Bay to explore the area and participate in crafts and activities. Learn about the bay’s ecology, habitats, plants, animals, and more. Registration: www.DHHattheBay.eventbrite.com.
May 8: Second food service Sunday / 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Join staff and volunteers at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve to improve the bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include removing non-native plants, planting natives, watering, cleaning up trash, and maintaining the butterfly garden. No experience is necessary. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, snacks, etc. Water and tools are provided. Registration: www.letsgooutside.org/ocparks/activities.
May 14: Global Big Day at the Bay / 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
The Global Big Day is an international birding event sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and this year we will be participating in Upper Newport Bay. Last year over 51,000 people from 192 countries participated and we hope to break that record this year. Registration: www.letsgooutside.org/ocparks/activities.
May 15: Snakes at the Bay / 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Learn about the slippery, non-slimy snakes that live in the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and are a very beneficial part of the ecosystem. The program will begin in the amphitheater of the newly renovated Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, where we will encounter live, non-venomous native snakes up close and personal. After learning from our animal ambassadors, we’ll hit the trails and see if we can find any wild snakes around the bay. Registration: www.letsgooutside.org/ocparks/activities.
May 15: Full Moon Hike – Total Lunar Eclipse Edition / 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Head to the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center for a walk around the bay. We will see and hear nocturnal animals as the “night shift” comes to work. As we walk we will count until the moon rises and be greeted by an ongoing total lunar eclipse when it occurs. If the conditions are favorable, we will also examine the moon through our telescope after the hike. Registration: www.letsgooutside.org/ocparks/activities.
May 21: Insects from the garden / 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Insects are the most diverse group of animals on planet Earth and make up 80% of all known species. There are more different types of insects than all the other types of animals combined! Join us on a family hike around the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve to learn all about these amazing animals that have perfected the art of ecological specialization. Insects may have a reputation for being gross, but in fact, they are essential pollinators that are needed to sustain life on our planet. Registration: www.letsgooutside.org/ocparks/activities.
May 22: Family walk at the Bay / 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for an easy, stroller-friendly walk along Upper Newport Bay to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of spring. We will stay on the paved Bayview Trail and stop frequently to view birds, insects, wildflowers and any other wildlife present. Registration: www.letsgooutside.org/ocparks/activities.
May 29: Junior Ranger Day at the Bay / 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Come earn your Junior Ranger badge and certificate at Upper Newport Bay. Participants will participate in a guided hike, complete the Junior Ranger Activity Book and take the Junior Ranger Oath. Activities will be designed for learners ages 9-12, but everyone is welcome. Registration: www.letsgooutside.org/ocparks/activities.
May 29: Crafty Kids Sunday / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Come join us for a fun, themed craft project anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.! Crafty Kids Sunday offers free craft activities in the Discovery classroom at the Muth Interpretive Center. Registration: www.letsgooutside.org/ocparks/activities.
OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historic and coastal facilities, and open space for Orange County through OC Community Resources. To visit http://www.ocparks.com for more information.