In accordance with recommendations given by the County of Orange and the California Department of Public Health, the Back Bay Science Center has temporarily cancelled all programs (effective immediately) until further notice.  Staff are monitoring the situation daily, and programs will resume when it is deemed safe. This is a preventative measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through our community. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution, and to do our part to help protect the public’s health. We are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome students and the public during this time, but please know we will do our best to resume programming as soon as possible. 
  • If you plan on enjoying the outdoors in the Back Bay, please remember to:
  • Avoid crowds and stay 6 feet apart from people not in your household.
  • Wear a face covering when you are around people not in your household, especially when indoors.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


Located in Newport Beach, CA next to the Newport Dunes. This facility provides year-round educational programs emphasizing estuarine and marine ecology; connecting these concepts to the greater watershed. Over 750 thousand people live in this watershed, which incorporates nine densely populated and urbanized cities. Pollutants from these urban areas funnel down through the Back Bay estuary and out to the Pacific Ocean. The Back Bay Science Center strives towards educating local students and citizens about the critical role they play in the health of thier watershed. Our goal is for people to become stewards of thier environment and the Newport Back Bay.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Back Bay Science Center is to provide a hands-on facility where students and the public can study and enjoy the estuarine ecology of Newport Bay, and the marine ecology of the ocean, while promoting natural resource conservation and stewardship throughout the watershed.

Visiting the Back Bay Science Center

***Temporarily closed for our public Community Days until further notice.

The Back Bay Science Center is an educational and research facility that is open to the public for our Community Day program: Sundays from 10 AM - 2 PM. For more information about Community Day click here Community Day  

Mondays-Fridays the Science Center is reserved for groups who have registered for a specific fieldtrip, function, or workshop. For more information about educational programs hosted at the Back Bay Science Center click here Education

Our neighbor, the The Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center is open from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Admission and parking are free.