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Birch Aquarium Shines a Light on Sustainability

By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium science educator and naturalist

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is taking gradual steps toward sustainable business practices. Our most recent success involved upgrading 150 exhibit lights to energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Find out why this facility improvement means so much to us.

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Exhibit carpenter Kevin Stephens has been [...]

SEAsons Greetings: Hand-picked holiday gift ideas from Birch Aquarium

Dr. Seuss’ classic book makes a great gift for your little guppies.

By Leorah Gavidor, Gift Shop blogger

As the holiday season approaches, we hope you will consider shopping at Birch Aquarium’s Gift Shop, where a unique selection of ocean-themed gifts and books will spark your imagination and delight even the hard-to-shop-for on your [...]

Volunteers Clean up La Jolla Shores

By Catie Fyfe, community connections coordinator

Despite temperatures nearing triple-digits, more than 100 enthusiastic volunteers joined Birch Aquarium at Scripps and  The New Children’s Museum at La Jolla Shores for the California Coastal Cleanup earlier this month.

Armed with bags and buckets, volunteers combed the beach and surrounding park to ensure the area remains pristine for ocean animals and [...]

Family-Friendly Coastal Cleanup Day at La Jolla Shores

Birch Aquarium at Scripps will make our third California Coastal Cleanup Day at La Jolla Shores the best, most family-friendly event yet by joining forces with our friends at The New Children’s Museum. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. – noon.

At the La Jolla Shores site, Birch Aquarium staff [...]

Give us your e-waste!

It’s been almost six months since Birch Aquarium at Scripps became a collection site for Eco-Cell, a company dedicated to the proper disposal of old, broken or unwanted electronic devices. We’re happy to report that we’ve sent in our first shipment!

With your help, we collected and recycled more than 70 old cell phones and cameras, [...]

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 [...]

The One Week Plastic Challenge

TRASH: Art + Science Intersect panel on Feb. 6.

Each year, Americans trash enough plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times. How big is your impact?

We posed this question to attendees of our Feb. 6 “Trash: Art+Science Intersect” event, co-hosted with The New Children’s Museum. The panel discussion explored ways [...]

Trash: Art + Science Intersect

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 3, 2012; 9:45 a.m.

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Some of the public programs we look forward to most are the ones where we join forces with other amazing organizations. On February 6, we [...]

Unique Gifts for Marine-Life Lovers

Tis’ the SEAson to shop for great ocean-themed gifts. Visit the Birch Aquarium Gift Shop (you don’t need an admission ticket to shop!) and browse our selection of unique items for the holidays, including books, glass paperweights, ornaments, toys, and clothing for adults and kids. We can also mail to anywhere!

California Coastal Cleanup Day

Volunteers clean up La Jolla Shores, one of the most active beaches in San Diego.

Birch Aquarium staff and more than 150 volunteers gathered last Saturday to clean up La Jolla Shores, joining an estimated 8,000 San Diegans who participated countywide in the 27th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day.

During the day, each volunteer [...]