Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Mission Statement

The mission of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps is

* to provide ocean science education
* to interpret Scripps research
* to promote ocean conservation

We provide ocean science education through creative exhibits, programs, and activities designed to help people use critical thinking, and to make science relevant to their daily lives.

We interpret Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study Earth, and inspiring public support of scientific endeavors.

We promote conservation through education and research, believing that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment

General Information

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science

Contact Information

Office:
Mailing Address:
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
University of Ca


Phone: 858-534-FISH (3474)
Email: aquariuminfo@ucsd.edu
Web Site: aquarium.ucsd.edu

Contact:
Charina Cain
858-822-5331
ccain@ucsd.edu

Programs and Services

Services:
Education - Environmental, Education - Outdoor, Education - Schools or School Based

Programs:
The aquarium education department holds seasonal outdoor adventures for families including Tidepooling, Snorkelling, Grunion Runs, Whale Watching and Full Moon Pier Walks.

SEA Days features multi-generational learning about cutting-edge Scripps Institution of Oceanography research. Monthly events focus on current ocean topics with hands-on exploration, special activities and a chance to interact with Scripps Oceanography scientists.

SEA Days also provides an ideal venue for students, scouts and others to meet requirements for "Interview a Scientist" or career-day projects.

Programs are included with aquarium admission and take place from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Join us for these dynamic opportunities to explore the ocean!

Ages:

We provide ocean science education through creative exhibits, programs, and activities designed to help people use critical thinking, and to make science relevant to their daily lives.