Photos courtesy of Back Bay Science Center
If you are burned out on Halloween activities, be sure to stop by the Back Bay Science Center this Sunday, October 29th for Community Day. From 10am-2pm every Sunday you can tour the facility, which, aside from scheduled programs, is not regularly open to the public. Children of all ages will be able to view marine animals in both the indoor and outdoor tanks. While the tour is self-guided, there will be a staff member from the City of Newport Beach onsite should you have questions. No reservations are required. Due to recent cutbacks, I am not sure low long this city-run program will continue, so be sure to check it out while you still can.
The Back Bay Science Center is located on Shellmaker Island which makes up part of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. Their mission “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.”
Back Bay Science Center
600 Shellmaker Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Please note that the Back Bay Science Center is not the same as the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center.