The Back Bay Science Center offers several different types of formal school programs and programs that are open for public participation. Some of these opportunities include; School Field Trips, Teacher Workshops, Public Programs, Community-based Restoration & Education Programs, Marine Life Inventories, Volunteering, College Internships, Research Projects & Discovering Estuaries-ISOpod programs throughout the year. Opportunites to get involved with Coastal Clean-up Day, Estuary Awareness Day, and Earth Day are also available on an annual basis.  Information about our summer camps can be found in the sidebar.

***To schedule an educational program, training, or workshop at the Back Bay Science Center, a facility usage request form is required. Please click here for additional information. ***

School Programs

The Back Bay Science Center is dedicated to educating the students and public of Orange County about our unique coastal resources with an emphasis on the Upper Newport Bay. The Back Bay Science Center focuses on offering 7th grade through college age students a variety of educational opportunities.

Many of the education programs on the island are led by California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff with the help of volunteers from the Newport Bay Conservancy. The Newport Bay Conservancy have been conducting school field trips at Upper Newport Bay on behalf of the California Department of Fish and Game and Orange County Parks for more than ten years. Programs incorporate several learning stations including an investigation of plankton, animals living in the mud, the watershed, birds, and water quality. Please call 949-640-9956 for more information.

The California Coastal Commission coordinates education and restoration programs around the bay to help restore native plants. Matt Yurko is the full-time program coordinator, his email is The educational program is called Our Wetlands, Our World

Our neighbor,Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center concentrates on toddlers through third grade students for school programs.  These programs are conducted by the Newport Bay Conservancy, a local non-profit who has been involved in the management and education programs about the Upper Newport Bay since 1968. 




Shark Mobile (Now called, DISCOVERING ESTUARIES)

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife has partnered with the City of Newport Beach and the Newport Bay Conservancy to provide outreach programs through a mobile aquarium named the ISOpod. The ISOpod is the Interactive Sealife Outreach pod and it offers a variety of programs. Discovering Estuaries (formerly known as the Sharkmobile) will provide 12 free outreach programs to Title I schools annually. If you fall under the Title 1 category, please call 949.640.9959 for more information and/or to reserve a spot. For more information, please visit