Tag: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Family Science Sundays

Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA
Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA

It’s time for the monthly Family Science Sunday at the Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Center. Once a month, families enjoy FREE activities with a different educational theme to explore inside the Muth Interpretive Center classroom.

Muth Interpretive Center

All the activities are self guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. The classroom has plenty for your children to explore: live animals, puzzles, games, puppets and the most lovely tree house that the kids adore.

Be sure to ask the front desk about the 12 minute movie in the theater. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required.

  • When: Sunday, December 27, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Upper Newport Bay Nature Center/Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Cost: FREE
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Family Science Sundays

Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA
Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA

Come to the Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Center for Family Science Sundays. Once a month, families enjoy FREE activities with a different educational theme to explore inside the Muth Interpretive Center classroom.

 

Muth Interpretive Center

All the activities are self guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. The classroom has plenty for your children to explore: live animals, puzzles, games, puppets and the most lovely tree house that the kids adore.

Be sure to ask the front desk about the 12 minute movie in the theater. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required.

  • When: Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Upper Newport Bay Nature Center/Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Cost: FREE
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Bayside Buddies

Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA
Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA

Upper Newport Bay Preserve has a new Summer program for school age kids! Join the preserve staff for an activity based hike and then cool off in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom for a craft.

The program is designed for parent and child participation. Learn about the different habitats of Upper Newport Bay

  • When: Thursday, June 11, 18 & 25, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Where: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Muth Interpretive Center

  • Cost: $5.00 per child

Space is limited- Registration required. Call 949-923-2275 or email unbic@ocparks.org to register. 

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Weekend Hikes

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There are some great guided hikes this weekend at our local OC Parks. My pick of the week is the Morning Fitness Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. The scenery is gorgeous and who can resist looking for little critters along the way. It’s a great way to start the weekend.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

California Native Plants & Wildflower Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the California Native Plants and wildflowers with a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  4/11/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Fitness Challenge for All at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Cardio on a treadmill or cardio with an ocean view? Push your personal workout goals and never get left behind as we cater to a range of fitness levels. It’s a great chance to see wildlife and learn all about Aliso and Wood Canyons from park staff. This is a 5-mile (900-ft. elevation gain).

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 15 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)


Reservations Link

Date:  4/11/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Morning Fitness Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Take a mildly strenuous 2.5 mile hike along the Back Bay with Preserve staff.  Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center.  The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.This hike explores the upland areas of the bay- with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.

  • Space is limited and pre-registration is required
  • Call 949-923-2275 or emailunbic@ocparks.com
Date:  4/11/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  4/11/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wilderness Walkers at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy a wonderful, moderate 3-mile walk (535-ft. elevation gain) through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Catch views of the canyons and mountain ranges from the ridge top and then walk down to Barbara’s Lake, a hidden jewel and the only natural lake in Orange County.

  • Ages 12 and up. Hat, water and snack recommended for your comfort.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  4/12/2015
Time:  2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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Weekend Hikes & Bikes

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This weekend has a sweet variety of hikes and two mountain biking options, one for beginning and one for intermediate, both of them sound like a blast!

My pick for the week is the Valentine’s Day Walk: Love in the Wild at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This sounds like a fun and challenging hike that would warrant a nice little lunch at one of the Laguna Beach eateries afterwards. Sounds like a perfect way to spend Valentines morning.

Saturday, February 14, 2105

California Native Plants in the Winter at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  2/14/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Valentine’s Day Walk: Love in the Wild at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy the canyon views, look for early wildflowers and learn about love in the wild on this moderate, 2-mile hike over steep and rocky terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and OC Parks staff.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  2/14/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Fitness Hike at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Take a mildly strenuous 2.5 mile hike along the Back Bay with Preserve staff.  Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center.  The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.This hike explores the upland areas of the bay- with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.

  • Space is limited and pre-registration is required
  • Call 949-923-2275 or email unbic@ocparks.com
Date:  2/14/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  2/14/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Family Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5 mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  2/14/2015
Time:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, February 15, 2105

Ranger Led Nature Hike at Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

 For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 2/15/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

New Year’s Resolution Beginning Mountain Bike Riding at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot).
  • Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 2/15/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Winter Morning Intermediate Mountain Bike Ride at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot).
  • Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather in the canyons.
  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 2/15/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Morning Walk around the Lake at Laguna Niguel Regional Park

Come enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the lake and learn about the native plants and critters in the park. This is an easy 2.5 mile walk (both paved and dirt trail) with no elevation gain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalists. Dogs on leashes welcome.

  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. Meet at the Shelter 3 parking lot.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2240 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 2/15/2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Weekend Hikes Dec. 13 – 14, 2014

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Nature Hike  at O’Neill Regional Park– Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date:  12/13/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Morning Walk at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preseve -Take a mildly strenuous 2.5 mile hike along the Back Bay with Preserve staff.  Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center, please meet on the patio at 8:45am.  Restrooms and water fountain are available. The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.This hike explores the uplands area of the bay- with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.  Minimal interpretation, but questions are welcomed.

  •  Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all classes.
  • Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to register
Date:  12/13/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
California Native Plant & Wildflower Hike @ Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Learn to identify native plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate  paced 3-mile hike (535-ft. elevation gain) over steep, rocky and uneven terrain.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  12/13/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park – Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  12/13/2014
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, December 14, 2104

Ranger Led Naure Hike at Caspers Regional Park -Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

 For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 12/14/2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
A Walk in the Park at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park – Bring the family to view the landmark Aliso Creek restoration project and search for OC’s native wildlife on the Aliso Creek Trail East. This is a 2.5-mile, level terrain, leisurely hike (50-ft. elevation gain) through riparian (near water) and grassland habitats. Led by OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • Ages 7 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations

Date: 12/14/2014
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
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Wild Tales

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Get your little ones up and exploring on Friday, November 28, 2014 with “Wild Tales” at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Center.

Visit with Preserve and YMCA staff for story-telling fun!  After a story, learn more about the natural history of the Bay through crafts, hands-on activities and nature walks. Come prepared for exciting experiences!  For ages 2-8.

  • Class fee is $5 per child.
  • Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all classes.
  • Please phone (949) 923-2275, or emailunbic@ocparks.com to register.
  • 2301 University Dr., Newport Beach, CA
Date:  11/28/2014
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

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Weekend Hikes

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Looking to sneak in some extra exercise before Thanksgiving? Hiking just may be the way to go.

Besides the health benefits, hiking is something the entire family can have fun doing. My girls love going on family hikes and exploring along the way. Hiking doesn’t any require special equipment or any special level of expertise to get started.

The following are guided hikes that range from family friendly to challenging and give you the chance to explore some of our gorgeous O.C. Parks.

 

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nature WalkO’Neill Regional Park
Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date:  11/8/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Morning Fitness Hike
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Take a mildly strenuous 2.5 mile hike along the Back Bay with Preserve staff.  Hike will begin in front of the Muth Center, please meet on the patio at 8:45am.  Restrooms and water fountain are available. The hike is on both paved and dirt paths with mostly flat surfaces.This hike explores the uplands area of the bay- with opportunities to see the birds, mammals and reptiles that make this habitat their home.  Minimal interpretation, but questions are welcomed.

  •  Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all classes.
  • Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to register
Date:  11/8/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

California Native Plant & Wildflower Hike
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn to identify native plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate but fast-paced, steep and rocky, 4.8-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain).

  • Ages 12 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.
  • Donation: $2/person.


Online Registration

Date:  11/8/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Guided Interpretive Hike
Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  11/8/2014
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Don’t forget the Hoot N’ Howling Night Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park – this is a great family hike with fun activities for the kids. 

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Fitness Hike
Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Enjoy a fresh, coastal breeze as you get your workout in the park on this strenuous fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (1,100-ft elevation gain). Hike through lush Wood Canyon and up surrounding ridges with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 15 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)


Online Reservations

Date:  11/9/2014
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Geology Hike at Willow
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Enjoy an afternoon of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area.  The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain).

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle. Donation: $2/person.


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Date:  11/9/2014
Time:  1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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Tideland Tykes at Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center

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Join Preserve staff on Thursday, November 6 & 13, 2014 from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. for a fun-filled parent & child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytelling, hands-on activities or outdoor nature walks at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Center/Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center.

 

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Come prepared for a exciting experiences! Class fee is $5.00 per child.  Ages 2-8  Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all classes.

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Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail unbic@ocparks.com to register.

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The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. It is at the corner of University and Irvine Avenue

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Creepy Crawlies and Night Creatures

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Tomorrow, October 26th  from 10:00 am.m – 4:00 p.m., come and explore the world of nocturnal animals and 8 legged insects at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve .

FREE activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom once a month, each with a different educational theme to explore.  The activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more.  Then join Preserve staff for storytime at 11am and 2pm.  Recommended for ages 3-12.

 

Muth_mapThe Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. It is at the corner of University and Irvine Avenue.

Please note the building is not visible from the street.

 

 

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