Birch Aquarium at Scripps welcomes more than 40,000 school children annually through its K-12 ocean science programs.


2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

About Us

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An oceanographic museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science and includes five dozen interactive elements.

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Our mission:

  • to provide ocean science education
  • to interpret Scripps research
  • to promote ocean conservation
Birch Aquarium provides ocean science education through creative exhibits, programs, and activities designed to help visitors use critical thinking, and to make science relevant to their daily lives.

Birch Aquarium interprets Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study Earth, and inspiring public support of scientific endeavors.

Birch Aquarium promotes conservation through education and research, believing that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment

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