Friends of Birch Aquarium

Friends of Birch Aquarium is a giving society furthering youth, access, and education through support of the aquarium's mission. Gifts from Friends of Birch Aquarium support the most pressing and critical needs of the aquarium:

  • Exhibitions – Development, installation, and maintenance of the Aquarium’s tanks and tide pools, and seed funding for new exhibits.
  • Education – Curriculum, materials, and staff for the Discovery Lab, Beach Teach program, and Aquarium Express Vans.
  • Access – Community outreach enabling underserved groups and schools to visit the Aquarium.

New! Friends can make their gifts monthly! Gifts of $85 per month brings you into Friends as a Sea Urchin Adventurer. To learn, more contact Michele Bart 858-534-2999,

Join Friends of Birch Aquarium! Your gift of $1,000 or more through Friends of Birch Aquarium annual giving society, brings you into a more integral relationship with Birch as we work together to provide ocean science education, interpret Scripps research, and promote ocean conservation.

To Join Friends of Birch Aquarium click here.

Giving Levels

All Friends of Birch Aquarium at Scripps receive a family membership, an invitation to our annual luncheon, and subscriptions to Birch Aquarium's OnBoard newsletter and Scripps explorations e-magazine.

All benefits listed above and an exciting behind the scenes tour with an aquarist including an animal feeding opportunity. 

All benefits listed above and VIP tickets for two to the Green Flash Concert of your choice.

BIRCH EDUCATOR $5,000-$9,999
All benefits listed above and lunch with Executive Director, Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

All benefits listed above and a hands-on interactive opportunity personalized for you in conjunction with our world-renown scientists.

Your gift for Friends of Birch Aquarium is fully tax-deductible. One of the ways we express our appreciation to donors is to recognize them in publications, such as the Scripps Annual Report. Should you wish that your name not appear as a donor, please notify us. All gifts will be acknowledged upon acceptance. A modest fee is assessed on gifts to cover university administration costs.

Ellen's Circle
The Aquarium is honored to thank our founding members: Karen Berger, Dyanne Hoffman, Patricia Isaacs, Nora Taylor Jaffe, Barbara Maurais, Molly Shonsey, Eleanor tum Suden, Jeanne B. Sleeper, Donald Wilkie and Liz Winant.