Taking advantage of the great weather last weekend, ISOJI took it outside and explored local hiking trails.  Started in 1975, the Newport Bay Conservancy became an Ecological Reserve as a result of rapid industrialization from the 18th century.

The development of commercial ports, yacht marinas, and waterfront housing resulted in the loss of more than 90% of its original coastal wetlands from Santa Barbara to the Mexican Border. The Upper Newport Bay is considered one of the largest coastal wetlands in Southern California and is home to many forms of wildlife including 6 endangered species of birds!

The Upper Newport Bay is a great place to get outdoors as well as understand how conservation works in our very own backyard.  Whether it’s to go on a nature hike, a run, or a bike ride the Upper Newport Nature Preserve spans over 1,000 acres of open space that surrounds the Ecological Reserve for you to enjoy.