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Coral Reef Ambassadors Travel to Taiwan

High Tech Middle Media Arts teacher Erika Reed (center) and her students get ready to snorkel over Hobihu Reef in Taiwan.

By Fernando Nosratpour, interim co-curator

In 2012, Birch Aquarium at Scripps and our sister aquarium, the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) in Taiwan, were awarded a highly competitive Museums Connect [...]

Birch Aquarium’s Volunteer of the Month: April 2013

Volunteer Don Ward

Join us in celebrating our April Volunteer of the Month: Don Ward!

Many visitors and staff know Don as a somewhat permanent fixture at the aquarium. That’s no surprise considering he’s been a volunteer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps for the past 12 years, often spending two afternoons per week and even [...]

Birch Aquarium Summer Camp Coordinator Recognized by American Camp Association

Birch Aquarium Public Programs Coordinator Charina Layman.

Birch Aquarium’s Summer Learning Adventure Camps are one of a kind, and we’re not the only ones who think so! In February, the American Camp Association (ACA) recognized the aquarium’s public programs coordinator, Charina Layman, with its Rising Star Award.

Charina’s award acknowledges her commitment to [...]

Head Aquarists Recognized by UC San Diego for Diversity Efforts

At Birch Aquarium at Scripps, we are constantly working to broaden our reach, to share the wonders of the ocean with as many visitors as possible. Our staff strives to connect the public—especially underserved and diverse audiences—with cutting-edge ocean and earth science.

This week, our head aquarists Fernando Nosratpour and Leslee Matsushige were [...]

Birch Aquarium Recognized for Sustainable Leadership

Senator Christine Kehoe (right) congratulates Catie Fyfe and Charina Layman of Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Birch Aquarium’s efforts to be sustainable and to teach the community about sustainable living garnered special recognition yesterday. The California Center for Sustainable Energy honored the aquarium with its Sustainable Community Leadership award during the Center’s eighth annual Energy All-Star Award Ceremony.

The [...]

More Photos: Underwater Parks Day Photo Contest

With all the amazing submissions to this year’s Underwater Parks Day Photo Contest, we couldn’t help but post a few more of our favorites to share. Thanks again to all the wonderful photographers who submitted these images.

Juvenile Rockfish in Washington Clam by Herb Gruenhagen (La Jolla Canyon)

 

Calamari for Two by Linda [...]

Winners: 3rd Annual Underwater Parks Day Photo Contest

Birch Aquarium was one of five Southern California science centers to host Underwater Park Day on Saturday, celebrating California’s marine protected areas. Underwater parks, or marine protected areas, help to preserve important underwater habitats like our vibrant kelp forests, sea grass beds and deep-sea canyons in La Jolla.

The day was a huge success with [...]

Whale Watching Photo Winners: February

We’re a bit behind on announcing the winners of February’s Whale Watching Photo Contest, and we continue to receive incredible entries. Below are the winners our staff selected for last month.

There’s still time to submit your photos. We’ll be selecting winners for photos taken this month through April 10, when our whale watching season [...]

Whale Watching Photo Winners: January

This is the second year of our Whale Watching Photo Contest, and we continue to receive incredible entries. Below are the winners that our staff selected for January.

There’s still time to submit your photos. We’ll be selecting winners for photos taken in February, and photos taken March-April. Join us on a whale watching cruise!

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Aquarium Educators Lauded for Diversity Efforts

Birch Aquarium's Education Department receives the 2010 UC San Diego Diversity Award on Feb. 8, 2011.

At Birch Aquarium at Scripps, we strive to connect everyone to the ocean. Each year our staff works to expand our reach, especially to underserved and diverse audiences within our Southern California community.

On Feb. 8,  UC San [...]