The following four agencies/organizations are the core partners involved in the operations of the Back Bay Science Center facility. This group makes decisions regarding the facility, including: event planning, operation and maintenance, scheduling, planning, etc.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife owns and manages the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve (752 acre parcel), and Shellmaker Island makes up part of the Ecological Reserve:

Operating Partners:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

City of Newport Beach

County of Orange Health Care Agency

University of California Irvine

Supporting Partners:

Boy Scouts of America, Troop 106

California Department of Public Health

California State University Fullerton

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

California Coastal Commission/Project Grow

CoSEE West

CREEC Network
Crystal Cove Alliance
Environmental Nature Center

HABwatch - USC Sea Grant

OceanQuest/Discovry Cube
MBC Applied Environmental Sciences
Newport Aquatic Center
Newport Seabase- BSA Orange County
Ocean Institute
Orange Coast College
Orange County Coastkeeper
Orange County Dept. of Education, Inside the Outdoors
Orange County Marine Protected Area Council (OCMPAC)
Orange County Parks
Sea & Sage Audubon

UCI Ceenter for Enviornmental Biology

Wyland Foundation


Funding Partners

Wildlife Conservation & Restoration Act Program
U.S. Fish & Wildlife
American Trader Recreational Resource Subcommittee
Oil Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR)
The Irvine Company
State Coastal Conservancy
Pacific Life Foundation
Newport Bay Conservancy
Wildlife Conservation Board
California Wildlife Foundation

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Major Funding Partners:

Thank you!