Is located on Shellmaker Island, part of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife's 752-acre Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve.
Formal Education:7th-12th Grade Students; College Level Research and Internship Opportunities
Non-formal Education:Scouting Groups, Summer Camps, General Public, After-school Programs
ISOpod:3rd through 6th Grades
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Located in Newport Beach, CA on Shellmaker Island, off of Back Bay Drive
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
(approximately the total population of Alaska) live in this watershed,
which incorporates nine densely populated and urbanized cities. Non-point source 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 citizens, particularly future
generations, on the critical role they play in their watershed. Our goal
is for people to understand what specific activities they should or
should not do at home that will help protect the Back Bay.
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.
Programs, Events, Tours, Visiting the Center
Please note that the
Back Bay Science Center is not regularly open to the public or groups
without being pre-scheduled or pre-registered for a specific function. The facility does not have a
visitors center like thePeter and Mary Muth Interpretive Centerand is located on anEcological Reserve. For more general information please call 949-640-9958 or view more detailed information on our website.
For more information about educational programs hosted at the Back Bay Science Center, click here.
Contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. We will get back to you as soon as we are able.