Notes about your surroundings

Free Fishing Day--No license will be required Saturday to fish Upper Newport Bay, as the UNB Naturalists and the California Department of Fish and Game join to offer a day of free fishing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rods and reels will be provided for use by anyone who undergoes a "Pathways to Fishing" program, which teaches angler ethics and safety, and shows how knowledge of fish biology and habitat can help ensure a successful fishing experience.

In addition, there will be fly tying and casting demonstrations and an aquatic touch tank offering a closer look at sharks and other bay life. A variety of activities for young children will be offered, including a fishing pond for those under 5.

The bay is a rich habitat not only for its more famous birds, but also for fish, many species of which take advantage of the calm waters for breeding.

All events are free. Refreshments will be available. For information, call (714) 640-6746.

Camping Tips--Backpacking and family camping will be the focus of a program Saturday morning at 10 at Oak Canyon Nature Center, 6700 Walnut Canyon Road in Anaheim Hills. The program is geared to teaching how to explore the back country in safety and comfort.

Also at the nature center, "Indian Lore and More" is the title of a nature enrichment program for children 6 to 12, to be held on Saturday. Participants will make handcrafted games and other crafts, in addition to nature walks and other outdoor activities.

For fees and other information, call (714) 998-8380.

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