Special Public Events/Tours

Earth Day  *This year's event at the MUTH Interpretive Center has been cancelled.

Each April the Back Bay Science Center celebrates Earth Day at the Bay with the Newport Bay Conservancy at the Muth Interpretive Center. Click here for more information Earth Day Newport Bay Concervancy

This year, in lieu of gathering to celebrate, we are encouraging you to learn more about Newport Back Bay and its ecological importance! To participate in our online interactive activity "Welcome to Newport Back Bay" click the link and test your knowlege! Welcome to Newport Back Bay!

Biodiversity Day

September 7, 2019 marked the first official celebration of California Biodiversity Day, an annual event created to celebrate the state’s exceptional biodiversity and encourage actions to protect it.

To celebrate California's biodiversity, the Back Bay Science Center hosts a bioblitz  in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences and iNaturalist, a popular nature app that helps identify plants and animals around you. iNaturalist is a collaboration between National Geographic and the California Academy of Sciences.

Bioblitzes are events that allow you and other citizen scientists to collect information about the biodiversity in a given area, and anyone can be a citizen scientist with the right tools. To take part in the bioblitz, download the iNaturalist app on your smart device and join us this September!

Coastal Cleanup Day

2020 Coastal Cleanup Day is September 19th. We typically begin taking sign ups for water clean up starting August 1. Please note, space is limited to 100 volunteers. To sign up, call (949) 640-9959. For land based clean ups, contact the Muth Interpretive Center. 

Thank you to all of our volunteers who participated and helped this past September to clean up the Upper Newport Bay! We recorded a total of 902 volunteers at the land and water based clean up sites combined, and an estimated 15,692 lbs. of trash and recyclables removed. On behalf of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, OC Parks, the Newport Bay Conservancy, and the California Coastal Commission thank you for keeping our estuaries, beaches, waterways, and oceans clean!  We look forward to seeing you again next year.  There are 52 sites within Orange County to participate in this annual event, in addition to numerous sites throughout California.  Click here for more information California Coastal Cleanup Day

Children's Water Education Festival *Cancelled for 2020

This Festival presents a unique opportunity to educate third, fourth and fifth grade students about local water issues and the environment and helps them understand how they can protect water supplies and their environment. All presentations are taught to Next Generation Science Standards. Since its inception, more than 135,000 Orange County students have experienced the Festival and all it has to offer. The Back Bay Science Center is proud to participate in the event and help to educate local fifth graders on the importance of taking care of our watershed. Click here for more information Childrens Water Education Festival

Upper Newport Bay Wetlands Clean-up

Large groups (10 to 50 individuals) are preferred and encouraged to sign-up, but individuals or small groups are accepted as well. The maximum number of volunteers at this site is 100, therefore you must be pre-registered for this event. Please note that the minimum age for volunteers at this site is 12 years old to participate in the wetland and water-based efforts. Meeting location is the Back Bay Science Center 600 Shellmaker Rd. Newport Beach, CA.

Registration begins August 1st, for more information or to register, please call (949) 640-9959 

Upper Newport Bay Park and Trails Clean-Up

This year a maximum of 700 volunteers (all ages welcome) will participate to clean up the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve park and trails. To register, please contact the Newport Bay Conservancy, Phone: (949) 923-2269 or email: unbic@ocparks.com.   All ages are welcome, volunteers under 18 are required to have adult supervision. Meeting location is the parking lot of the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center at Irvine Ave. and University Dr. For more information, visit www.ocparks.com/uppernewportbay