The mission of the Back Bay Science Center (600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach) 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, and to promote natural resource conservation and stewardship throughout the watershed.
During the school year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) leads educational programming for high school students. They have a variety of lesson plan/activities. There is no cost to the program, but schools must provide their own transportation. All activities are aligned with the CA State Science Standards, targeting 7th-12th grade students.
Marine Life Inventory (MLI) – CDFW also conducts a monthly monitoring program called Marine Life Inventory. This program, involves local students and adults in surveying the marine life and the physical environment of Upper Newport Bay. It provides those involved with hands-on experience with local marine fish and invertebrates.