Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium
2300 Expedition Way
858-534-3474

Our Mission:

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.


Upcoming Events at Birch Aquarium

Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash

Friday, Oct 25, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
La Jolla, CA
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Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash

Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
La Jolla, CA
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Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
La Jolla, CA
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Recent News

Experience the Remarkable Grunion Run with Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoJoin Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, for a must-see ocean adventure. From March through mid-June, observe the mysterious grunion spawn on the…

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Mexican Seas / Mares Mexicanos to Open at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

World-premiere exhibit features Scripps scientist Octavio Aburto’s stunning photos of ocean lifeSome of the world’s most diverse and magnificent marine life is located not in the Australian coral reefs or off the coast of Indonesia, but in the…

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Celebrate ‘SEA Days’ this Summer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoExperience Science, Exploration, & Adventure for all ages this summer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. SEA Days features multi-generational learning about cutting-edge Scripps…

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Kicks Off Another Summer Green Flash Concert Series

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoWhere the Sunset Always Rocks! First Concert Date: Wednesday, May 21Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Concert begins at 6:30 p.m.Performers: Joan Osborne & Birds of TokyoGeneral…

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Experience the Remarkable Grunion Run with Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoJoin Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, for a must-see ocean adventure. From April through mid June, observe the mysterious grunion spawn on the…

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Birch Aquarium Announces Springfest Featuring UC San Diego Music Dept

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego for Springfest, a special evening under the sea featuring musical performances from UCSD music…

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Spring Perspectives Lecture Speakers

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego Dates: March 10, April 14, May 13Time: 7–8 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m.Public: $8Students/Educators: $5Aquarium Members: FreeRSVP: 858-534-5771 or online at…

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Celebrate ‘SEA Days’ This Winter at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego Experience Science, Exploration, & Adventure for all ages this winter at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. SEA Days features multi-generational learning about cutting-edge…

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Whale Watching with Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Gray Whale Season Surfaces at Birch Aquarium at ScrippsScripps Institution of Oceanography/UC San DiegoDecember 2013 - April 2014This winter, locals and visitors to San Diego are invited to experience the annual epic journey of gray whales with…

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Explore Local Tide Pools this Winter with Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Explore the mystery of life along San Diego’s coastline during tidepooling excursions beginning in November with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Late fall through early spring is an excellent time to…

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Discover What Lurks Beneath the Surface at Haunted Birch Aquarium

La Jolla, CA - Discover what lurks beneath the surface at the 13th annual Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked! The entire family can soak up spooky science activities, explore the aquarium’s “wreckage” for sunken treasures, BOO-gie…

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Celebrate ‘SEA Days’ this Fall at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Experience Science, Exploration, & Adventure for all ages this fall at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. SEA Days features multi-generational learning about cutting-edge Scripps Institution of Oceanography research. Monthly events focus on current…

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Fall Evening Lecture Series

Topics feature pollutants and coral reefsScripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoThe Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series at Birch Aquarium at Scripps features engaging presentations on…

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Experience a Full-Moon Pier Walk on Scripps Pier with Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Aquarium naturalists will guide participants on this moonlit adventureScripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoA warm night lit by a full moon is the perfect time to explore one of La Jolla's most prominent…

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Summer Evening Lecture Series

Topics feature space flight and shark conservationThe Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series at Birch Aquarium at Scripps features engaging presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from Scripps Institution…

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Celebrate 'SEA Days' This Summer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Family-friendly programs focus on coral, sharks, and the San Diego BayScripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoExperience Science, Exploration, & Adventure for all ages this summer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. SEA…

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Lineup for Summer Green Flash Concert Series

Enjoy a rockin' sunset this summer at the eighth annual Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. These unique monthly concerts-presented in partnership with 102.1 KPRi FM-are held from 5:30-9…

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Are Jellyfish Taking Over Our Oceans? Expert to Explain During Special Lecture at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Author Lisa-ann Gershwin to discuss new book on proliferation of jelliesScripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoGuest Speaker: Lisa-ann Gershwin, author of Stung! - On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the OceanAs…

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps's Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series Hits Milestone 10 Million Online Views

Lecture series on cutting-edge Scripps research is UCSD-TV's most-watched science programming Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UC San DiegoThe Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series at Birch Aquarium at Scripps-featuring…

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps and Oregon State University Develop Professional Interpretive Certificate Program

Online coursework aimed at park/museum/zoo/aquarium professionals and career seekersScripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoRecognizing the demand for more communications training in the nation's museums, parks, zoos,…

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Dive into Summer Camps at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoExplore the ocean from top to bottom during Summer Learning Adventure Camps offered through Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. These fun and…

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Spring Evening Lecture Series

opics feature climate change, atmospheric acoustics and ocean resources Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San DiegoMonday, March 114th Annual Keeling Lecture:The Scientific Case for Urgent Action to Limit Climate…

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Explore California's Love Affair with the Sea During Birch Aquarium at Scripps Lecture

Author David Helvarg to discuss new book focused on the California coastlineHow is it that California, the most populous state in the nation, has also learned to live well with the sea, protecting some of the most spectacular marine wildlife and…

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Experience the Remarkable Grunion Run with Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, for a must-see ocean adventure. From late March through May, observe the mysterious grunion spawn on the beaches of La Jolla.On certain spring nights following high tides,…

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Celebrate 'SEA Days' this Spring at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Experience Science, Exploration and Adventure for all ages this winter at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. SEA Days features multi-generational learning about cutting-edge Scripps Institution of Oceanography research. Monthly events focus on current ocean…

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Announces Winter Evening Lecture Series

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series features engaging presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from Scripps Institution of…

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Celebrate 'SEA Days' this Winter at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Programs feature gray whales, underwater parks and plankton Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego Experience Science, Exploration and Adventure for all ages this winter at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. SEA Days…

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Gray Whale Season Surfaces at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UC San DiegoLive a whale tale this winter and experience the annual epic journey of gray whales with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Enjoy daily local whale-watching cruises…

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Celebrate 'SEA Days' This Fall at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Experience Science, Exploration and Adventure for all ages this fall at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. SEA Days features multi-generational learning about cutting-edge Scripps Institution of Oceanography research. Monthly events focus on current ocean…

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Awarded Grant to Establish International Coral Reef Program

Museums Connect grant to engage local and Taiwanese students in conservation effortsScripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego With coral reefs worldwide threatened and disappearing, international collaboration is…

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