Location: 1601 16th St., Newport Beach (turnstile entrances on both 15th and 16th Streets).
Information: (714) 645-8489.
Description: Located in a canyon on Newport-Mesa School District property, the center is divided into areas featuring several different California plant communities, including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, southern oak woodland and coastal canyon. A recyling freshwater stream meanders throughout the 2 1/2-acre arboretum, and there are also two ponds.
Activities: Self-guiding trails wind through the center, with a brochure that maps the represented plant communities and lists the featured plants. The center, which attracts many migrating birds, is a popular spot among local birders.
Fee: There is no charge for visiting. The center is supported primarily by membership fees; for information call the number above.
Tours: Guided tours of the center must be arranged in advance. Call to schedule.
Parking: At the Newport-Mesa School District offices, adjacent to the center on 16th Street.
Mass transit: OCTD route 45A. Call (714) 636-7433 for information.