Enjoy a Friends Tour or Kayak Tour with family and friends, exploring northern Newport Beach with the Newport Bay Conservancy. Perhaps you are longing to get into nature, eager to get some healthy exercise, or just interested in your local habitat. The Newport Bay Conservancy has plenty of ways to get involved and become educated about the local ecology, wildlife, and environment. Every Saturday they offer their Kayak Tour for people 8 and older from 10AM - 2PM. They offer free Friends Tour  for 90 minutes once a month, a legacy that started 56 years ago to educate the interested public on their beautiful and fascinating surroundings. They offer several educational programs and other ways to get involved.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s through the present, Newport Bay Conservancy has been a leader in educating the public on the importance of conserving some coastal wetlands. Through their reserve, they have been teaching the public about the natural habitat of the land and the environment of our local wildlife. They also teach the public about how they can help keep the environment clean by keeping trash and chemicals out of the bay. Picking up after your pet, keeping good maintenance on cars, and using environmentally friendly cleaning products are ways they suggest to help keep the bay clean.

If you are interested in buying a ticket for the Kayak Tour, please know that teens 12-17 can ride together as long as there is an adult party with them also in the water,, but kids 8-11 need to ride tandem with an adult. Most participants really love going in the winter, due to the exciting Canadian and Alaskan birds that migrate down for the winter. You will received a kayak safety lesson beforehand and you should also be prepared to carry your kayak down to the water with your partner. Do not forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

If walking is more your speed, the Friend Tour reservations for the 2nd Saturday of every month can be made here h You will meet up with the Naturalist at the Vista Point lookout at the corner of Eastbluff and Back Bay Drive. This educational experience will last approximately 90 minutes and cover 1 mile hiking. If you are not able to go in person, you can experience this wonderful tour virtually here