Meets science standards for 4th and 5th grade.

Our beaches, shores, bays, estuaries, oceans and all their inhabitants do not belong to just one person. It is everyone’s responsibility to take care of our natural world, the areas we enjoy for recreation and depend on for resources, and to recognize the impact human activity makes on these ecosystems.

Through a fishing simulation, students explore how technology, population growth, and sustainable practices impact fish catch and fisheries management. Students will come to realize the social, environmental, and economic impacts fishing communities, both recreational and commercial, have on our world and be able to identify sustainable fishing practices or come up with solutions themselves.

The Pacific Coast population of Western Snowy Plovers has been declining for several years due to loss of habitat and disturbances due to development, recreation, and other human impacts. Because of this, these shorebirds are listed as threatened by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services (USFWS) under the federal Endangered Species Act. Here in Orange County, sandy beach dunes provide necessary wintering and potential nesting habitat for these birds, yet they are quite sensitive to destruction. Students will build their own sandy beach dunes to recognize the importance of dunes, dune structure, ecological restoration, habitat protection, and the significant impact human interference has on the ecosystem of an area. Through monitoring methods, students will learn about changing populations, altering physical habitats, and dynamic ecosystems.

Sorry, no birthday parties are allowed.

Fee: $350 for 2-hour program (1-70 students), $600 for 4-hour program (71-130 students)

Length of Program: Two hours* of instruction, including educational activities in the classroom and interactive learning in and around the ISOpod
*Groups of 1-70 students participate in single 2-hour program; groups of 71-130 students split into two back-to back programs (total of 4 hours)

Times offered: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; only one program per day

Distance: Within 25 miles of the Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660


  • Level parking area suitable for 30-foot-long truck
  • Electric outlet near parking area with an extension cord
  • Two adult helpers
  • Students divided into groups of approximately 30 each

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