CDFW and Partners Host Estuary Awareness Day in Newport Beach

Media Contacts:
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908
Robin Madrid, CDFW Education Coordinator, (949) 640-9956

Free Family Event Offers Hands-on Learning Activities that Promote Conservation

WHO: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in partnership with the City of Newport Beach, Orange County Parks, University of California Irvine and the Newport Bay Conservancy.

WHAT: Estuary Awareness Day – Free family event for all ages.

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Back Bay Science Center – 600 Shellmaker Road in Newport Beach.

WHY: Learn the importance of estuaries through unique hands-on activities and what you can do to help protect them. View and touch sharks, sea stars and other native marine organisms found in Upper Newport Bay. Take a personal tour of a native plant nursery, join a trained naturalist on a Newport Seabase pontoon boat tour of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve or take a guided nature walk on Shellmaker Island. Other activities include crafts and face painting. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Back Bay Science Center ( is a 13,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility operated by CDFW under a partnership with the City of Newport Beach, Orange County Health Care Agency and University of California Irvine.

State wildlife officers will also be onsite to answer questions about ecological reserves and marine protected areas. For more information on CDFW, please visit