California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Back Bay Science Center At Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

Back Bay Science Center Hours: The science center is only open during scheduled events. To find out what’s happening, call the center at (949) 640-9959.

Admission: Admission to science center events is free.

Weather: Generally mild year-round. Bring a sun hat and sunscreen. Dress in layers.

Things to do: Visit the science center, kayaking, canoeing, bird-watching, hiking, tidepool viewing, biking.

Science Center Location: 600 Shellmaker Road, on Shellmaker Island, Newport Beach, Orange County. Exit the 73 freeway at Jamboree. (If traveling from south of Newport Beach, exit University and turn left onto University. Travel about half a mile to Jam-boree). Travel about three miles on Jamboree to Back Bay Drive. Turn right onto Back Bay Drive.

Access for disabled: Yes

Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve