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3,000 boys and girls annually flock to the shore every summer to participate in the aquatic proficiency and marine science programs offered by the Newport Sea Base.
Renowned for the popularity of its summer programs, the Sea Base is turning its attention to providing use of its facilities during winter months by extending to local and inland schools the benefits of hands-on, curriculum-based programs for 1st through 3rd grade students to observe first-hand the marine mammals, the birdlife, and the effects of environmental pollution that they read about in their classrooms.
Still in its infancy, growth of the program is hampered by inability of underfunded inland schools to pay the modest busing and program costs involved. Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club has stepped in to fund much of those costs, with anticipation of expanding the program as its popularity spreads.