News Releases

August 9, 2013


SANTA ANA, Calif. - An exhibition titled "Inspire, Educate, Explore: ExplorOcean," featuring displays from the Newport Beach-based ExplorOcean is now on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) through October 2013.

The exhibit features various oceanography education displays, from maritime navigation artifacts to the science behind the ocean to antique ship models in bottles.

"We are thrilled to be selected by John Wayne Airport to showcase one of America's premier Ocean Literacy Centers to millions of tourists and business travelers!" said Tom Pollack, CEO of ExplorOcean Newport Beach. "Our spectacular waterfront location in Newport Beach's vibrant Balboa Village Fun Zone is an amazing family destination for tourists seeking a true Southern California ocean experience!"

The "How to Explore" panel at John Wayne Airport's ExplorOcean exhibit, showcasing oceanography tools of the trade.

More images can be seen here.

The display can be viewed in the ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture exhibition space, which is located along the pedestrian walkway connecting the Terminal B and C ticketing lobbies and is open to the general public, passengers and visitors to the Airport. For more information about JWA's art program, visit

ExplorOcean is located on the Balboa Peninsula and is dedicated to inspiring a new generation of ocean explorers. Situated between the shores of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and the bustling Newport Harbor and 750 acre Back Bay ecological preserve; ExplorOcean is an ideal launching point for people of all ages to experience the wonders of the seven seas. The goal of ExplorOcean is to become an iconic landmark attraction injecting new energy into the heart of the 75-year-old Balboa Fun Zone for locals and visitors to enjoy for generations to come. Visit for more information.


John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue.  The Airport serves approximately nine million passengers annually and reaches more than 20 nonstop destinations in the United States, Mexico and Canada.  More information can be found at or at or on /johnwayneair.