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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!

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Aquarium Internships Inspire Future Careers

This post was written by Natalia Romero, a student from High Tech High School, who interned with Birch Aquarium’s Education Department for three weeks.

High Tech High School Intern, Natalia Romero, had the opportunity to teach visitors about marine science at weekly Explore-It activities.

Being an intern at Birch Aquarium was an experience like no […]

Diego Goes Whale Watching with Birch Aquarium

EDITOR’S NOTE: Diego Cicero is a High Tech High Media Arts student who recently participated in a month-long internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The program is designed to foster personal growth and help students acquire workplace skills in a real-world environment. Diego assisted the aquarium’s education programs and blogged about his experiences.

By Diego […]

High Tech High Intern Diego’s Aquarium Report

EDITOR’S NOTE: Diego Cicero is a High Tech High Media Arts student currently participating in a month-long internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The program is designed to foster personal growth and help students acquire workplace skills in a real-world environment. Diego is assisting with the aquarium’s education programs and blogging about his experiences.

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Q&A: Former Birch Aquarium Intern Turned Scientist and Professor

The Upward Bound program at Harvey Mudd College has been helping low-income high school students who are considered “potential first-generation college students” in the East San Gabriel Valley to “generate the skill and motivation necessary for success in college” for more than 30 years. Every summer, two high school students from the program spend six weeks […]

My International Internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Milou van der Lans, a Dutch high school student, recently completed an international internship at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

By Milou van der Lans, high school intern

Sea stars take their stomachs out and make sea star milkshakes of their food.

Sea urchins can give hugs.

Jellyfish are not fish; seahorses are. Male seahorses get […]

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 […]

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.

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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 […]

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 […]