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High School Interns Make an Impact at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

by Charina Layman, Birch Aquarium public programs coordinator

During the last four weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of working with two extraordinary individuals: Claire Northrop and Andrew Salvador. On a path to fulfill their high school internship requirement, these High Tech High students joined the Education Department at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

As [...]

Taiwan’s ‘Coral Reef Ambassadors’ Visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps

EDITOR’S NOTE: Andrew Salvador is a High Tech High Media Arts student currently participating in a month-long internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.  In addition to assisting with education programs, Andrew is blogging about the many classes, exhibits, and other daily happenings around the aquarium.

By Andrew Salvador, High Tech High student intern

Junior high [...]

Sandy Shores: A window into Birch Aquarium’s school programs

Local elementary school students learn about the ocean and its habitats during a Birch Aquarium School Program.

By Bekah Logan, Birch Aquarium naturalist

“And then, over thousands of years, Rocky makes his way down the mountain, tumbling and tossing about, getting pushed around by wind and rushing water until—finally—he ends up on the beach [...]

Update: Seadragon Conservation Breeding Program

This fall, Birch Aquarium at Scripps has been busy preparing to launch our new seadragon conservation initiative.

Our exhibit designers are working closely with the Husbandry Department to design a state-of-the-art, onsite laboratory that will support efforts to breed this incredible species. They are using valuable information gained from aquarist Leslee Matsushige when she traveled to Australia last [...]

Birch Aquarium hosts Virtual ‘Hangout’ with Students Across the U.S.

The ocean affects everyone, no matter where they live. Now, thanks to technology such as Google+ Hangouts, we can spread awareness of the oceans to every corner of our country.

Earlier this month, Birch Aquarium at Scripps hosted the first of a pilot Google Hangout program associated with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The [...]

Summer Youth Interns at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

This summer, youth summer interns at Birch Aquarium at Scripps helped visitors explore the science of San Diego Bay.

By Lisa Gilfillan, interpretive volunteer programmer

Every summer Birch Aquarium at Scripps comes alive with an influx of eager teenagers. These youth summer interns (YSI) volunteer in a 10-week program [...]

From the Director: Exploring the Galápagos

By Dr. Nigella Hillgarth, Birch Aquarium at Scripps executive director

Bienvenido! Greetings from the M/Y Coral in the Galápagos Islands! To celebrate the aquarium’s 20th anniversary, I’m visiting the Islands with a group of members and supporters.

I’m writing this post after a truly spectacular day spent exploring Española Island. Words can’t begin to describe [...]

Summer Camp Ocean-Science Rap

Each year, we invite ocean-minded high school and college students to join our staff as Summer Interns. This creative and enthusiastic group often comes up with fun ways to connect with our summer campers.

Check out this awesome ocean rap that interns Alexx Robles & Kasey Ober wrote for our youngsters.

How My Birch Aquarium Internship Will Advance My Career

Intern Jessica Chen at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

By Jessica Chen, Danielle Hammond, Kathrin Artamonov, and Ciera Villegas  Birch Aquarium Youth Summer Interns, 2012 

“Do you want to major in marine biology?”

As high school students, we hear this question a lot from people who find out we’re spending our summer interning at Birch Aquarium [...]

What It’s Like to be an Intern at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Intern Catherine Harmeier teaches visitors about the watershed and San Diego Bay.

By Catherine Harmeier, Thomas Nieman, Briana Scott, and Dania Grant Birch Aquarium Youth Summer Interns, 2012

Summer is a wonderful time of year to relax and catch up with old friends. It’s also a time to learn new things [...]