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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 [...]

Birch Aquarium Greets the World for Whale Watching

Study abroad student Phil Shu (right) and two other eager learners investigate gray whale specimens with volunteer naturalist Courtney Ocheltree (left).

By Kate Jirik, Birch Aquarium naturalist

A blanket of coastal fog is clearing as whale watching boat Marietta edges out of San Diego Bay. Higher-than-expected waves catch many passengers off guard, but the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Seadragons, Part 7: The Great Barrier Reef

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

My research trip to Australia has concluded and I’m back home at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, but I wanted to share some incredible photos from the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the world’s largest coral reef system, featuring more than 2,900 individual reefs across 1,600 miles. It can even be seen from [...]

Seadragons, Part 4: The Importance of this Trip

By Leslee Matsushige, aquarium co-curator

Each day I’m in Australia, I realize just how important this trip is for Birch Aquarium at Scripps and for me, personally.

Our aquarists have learned a great deal about caring for seadragons over the past several years, but nothing can compare to the experience of seeing the animals in their [...]