The first thing you notice when you pull into the parking lot of the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center is there is no building in sight. The interpretive center uses earth-sheltered architecture and is built right into the hillside.
Take a stroll down the path and enjoy panoramic views of the Newport Back Bay. About halfway down the hill, the 10,000 square foot building comes into view. The design, color, and location of the center blend into the bluffs on the north side of the Bay.
Inside you will find hands-on learning activities and displays about life in and around an estuary. There is a movie to view and a ranger on hand to answer questions. The Newport Back Bay is a great place for a family hike the weather is usually cooler with a breeze coming off the ocean.
The Muth Center is a model for all other Southern California facilities of its kind. It sets new standards for protecting and preserving open space and endangered wetlands in a highly populated urban setting.
The Mission Statement for the Muth Center is “To promote and support the protection and preservation of California Coastal Wetlands through environmental education.”
Newport Back Bay Kayak Tours
Kayak the Upper Back Bay! Paddle a two-man kayak through the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve while a trained Naturalist interprets the “Back Bay” for you. The Back Bay is a salt marsh estuary that is home to many birds and several endangered species.
During the winter, the tidal mudflats are home to thousands of migrating birds. The guide will discuss the history of the bay, and the native plants, birds, animals and marine life. Guided kayak tour: Every Saturday and Sunday.
Getting to Muth Interpretive Center
The Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive in Newport Beach, CA 92660. Situated on the east side of the Newport Back Bay.
Please note that you will not see the building from the street. Park in the lot and follow the trail to the building. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free, but a small donation is appreciated.