Educator Resources

The Back Bay Science Center (BBSC) provides estuarine-themed education activities designed for 7th-12th grade students. Our goal is to create hands-on learning experiences for students, while utilizing our magnificent outdoor learning environment at Upper Newport Bay and teaching facilities at the BBSC! The activities have been tailored to compliment classroom instruction by incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards. Below we have made available the "at-a-glance" version of the activities.

If you would like to bring your class to the BBSC for a field trip, please see our Facility Use page for the application process and deadlines.

Facility Usage and Request

At-Home Lessons (NEW!)

Welcome to Newport Back Bay! An interactive eductional Exploration for grades 8-Adult (NEW!)

Citizen Science project: Invader ID Connecting Citizen Science and Research on Fouling Organisms and Invasive Species in our Bays (8-college) (NEW!) (259.5 KB)

Harmful Algal Bloom At Home Lesson (NEW!)

Field Trip Activity Options:

Grades 7-12

Bird Identification (260.4 KB)

Plankton Sampling and Identification (239.2 KB)

Fish Adaptations (254.6 KB)

Mudflat Invertebrates (229.7 KB)

Tide Pool Population Sampling (270.5 KB)

Water Quality (293.2 KB)

Grade 8-College

Harmful Algal Blooms (287.3 KB)

Ocean Acidification (371.9 KB)

Salt Marsh Plant Identification (267.9 KB)

Digital Databases: Marine Live Inventories

Marine Life Inventory 2015 (1.9 MB)

Marine Life Inventory 2014 (2.0 MB)

Marine Life Inventory 2013 (393.0 KB)

Marine Life Inventory 2012 (398.0 KB)

Marine Life Inventory 2010 (319.0 KB)

Marine Life Inventory 2009 (426.5 KB)

Marine Life Inventory 2008 (416.0 KB)

Marine Life Inventory 2007 (411.0 KB)

Links to Other Resources

Smithsonian Institution: Water Related Resources

OC Coast Keeper's Living Shorelines Restoration Project

National Estuarine Research Reserves

Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (CoSEE)

Estuary Education (National Estuarine Research Reserve)

Harmful Algal Blooms