Volunteers Lend a Helping Hand During Whale Watching Season

By Naturalist Alexx Robles

Alexx Robles attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and majored in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology. When not whale watching or teaching classes at Birch Aquarium, she likes to spend her time surfing, practicing yoga, or hiking.

This post celebrates our Birch Aquarium Volunteers for National Volunteer Week!

This […]

Birch Aquarium Celebrates World Oceans Day 2014

Birch Aquarium at Scripps celebrated World Oceans Day on Sunday, June 8. Visitors to the aquarium had the opportunity to participate in eight activity stations throughout the aquarium and learn fun facts about the ocean, all themed to Dr. Seuss’s classic One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Each station included a rhyme that […]

Falling in Love at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

It’s been said that love can be found in the most unexpected places. Why not under the sea?

Three years ago, Melissa Calderwood and Clint Burr, Jr. met for the first time on a blind date at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. They discovered they had a lot in common, especially a love of marine life.


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 […]

Volunteers Are Solid Gold

Volunteers are vital to Birch Aquarium’s mission. We could not open our doors each day without them.

In the past 12 months, our 400+ volunteers have given the aquarium more than 33,800 hours of their time, a figure valued at more than $383,700. Now, that’s dedication.

Each summer, we attempt to express our gratitude […]

Celebrating 20 Years of World Oceans Day

By Kate Jirik, science educator

A few days ago, I was at my community library when I overheard a conversation between a mother and her two children. The family was leaving for a lake vacation and had stopped by to find some children’s books for the trip. The mother quietly waited while the kids made […]

Inspired by Nature: BE WiSE at the Aquarium

Scripps Ph.D. candidate Noelle Bowlin teaches students about the diversity of fishes. Photo Credit Lara Dickens

By Catie Fyfe, community connections coordinator

When the lights go out and the public leaves, the fish usually have Birch Aquarium at Scripps to themselves. That wasn’t the case earlier this month when 40 middle school girls had […]

Grunion Bowl 2012

How well do you know your ocean science? Try answering a few sample questions from this year’s Grunion Bowl, held at Scripps Institution of Oceanography earlier this month (answers at bottom of page).

1). The habitat of blue whales, tunas, and swordfishes is best described as:

a) Benthic

b) Littoral

A Fishy Proposal

We love marriage proposals at Birch Aquarium. There’s just something about the ocean that brings out the romantic in everyone who visits.

Congrats to J.J. and his new fiance, Christine, who got engaged a few weeks ago in front of our coral tank. Our aquarists dipped a proposal sign into the tank, unbeknownst to Christine […]

Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked!

Leafy seadragon!

More than 1,500 superheroes, princesses, ghouls and goblins celebrated Halloween this past weekend at Birch Aquarium’s annual Haunted Aquarium. This year’s theme was Shipwrecked! and guests discovered many sunken treasures amongst our tanks and exhibits.

The night was alive with close encounters of the fishy kind. Visitors enjoyed a walk through […]