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What do ridgeway rails, garter snakes, and salt marsh bird's beak have in common? You might see one or more of these things during a Shellmaker Discovery Tour! Join one of our trained Naturalists for a nice stroll around the Back Bay Science Center located on Shellmaker Island in Newport Beach (600 Shellmaker Road). Learn about the flora and fauna that live in and around the bay.

Also, come learn about the variety of educational programs the Science Center offers and how the facility is geared to educate 7th-12th grades students about local water quality issues and the importance of the Upper Newport Bay estuary.

The tours start promptly at 9am and typically last 1 to 2 hours.  Reservations Required; space is limited.

Shellmaker Discovery Tour

2019 Dates:

2019 - January 12th, February 9th, March 9th, April 6th, May 4th, June 15th, July 20th (Sold Out), August 17th (Sold Out), September 14th (Sold Out), October 19th (Sold Out), November 16th (Sold Out) and December 14th (Sold Out).

** For more information and to make reservations, please call (949) 640-9959 or email