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Welcome

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.


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.

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 the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center and is located on an Ecological Reserve.

For more information about educational programs hosted at the Back Bay Science Center, click here.

Contact Us

Contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. We will get back to you as soon as we are able.