Aquarium members enjoy special events and deals all year long.
Sharks on the Line
Saturday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
As sharks are fished in record numbers and their populations
continue to decline, protecting thesekeypredators is more important
than ever. Meet local researcher Dovi Kacev (former Scripps Oceanography field technician and current Ph.D. candidate
at San Diego State University) to hear more about the value of shark
research to informing and shaping fisheries policy. Free for members.
September 9, 6:30–8 p.m.
How Does El Niño Affect California?
David Pierce, climate scientist
El Niño is a phenomenon that impacts weather and climate
around the globe. Join climate scientist David Pierce to learn what an El
Niño event is, how it affects the weather and water supply in the greater San
Diego region and California in general, and how scientists use models to
forecast the likelihood of El Niño events.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Plankton are found in almost every body of water on the planet. However,
these organisms are often too small to see with the naked eye. Join us for this
family-friendly day when Scripps Oceanography scientists from Jaffe Laboratory
will be on hand to show you these tiny critters with the help of their
groundbreaking 3D microscope. You’ll never look at the ocean the same way
October 13, 6:30–8 p.m.
Earthquake Science at Scripps
Dr. Guy Masters, geophysicist
Join Scripps seismologist Guy Masters, director of the Cecil H.
and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, for an
illuminating look at how Scripps scientists are working to understand and
monitor earthquakes. Learn how scientists model the potential impacts of major
events in Southern California.
All Shook Up
Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
October is Earthquake Safety Month at
Birch Aquarium. Earthquakes can be unpredictable, but education and preparedness
can help you understand what to do when one hits. Participate in hands-on
activities and learn from Scripps scientists who will showcase their seismic
research. Shake up your Saturday!
November 10, 6:30–8 p.m.
Understanding and Protecting our Blue Planet
Dr. Jennifer Smith, marine ecologist
Understanding how humans impact marine ecosystems is crucial to
developing successful conservation strategies to protect the health of our
ocean. Discover how Scripps marine ecologist Jennifer Smith and her team are
conducting research relevant to solving human-induced problems in environments
ranging from coral reefs to the waters off our shores.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
a harvest of kelp. Uncover ways that people and ocean animals depend on kelp,
an amazing seaweed found in underwater forests off La Jolla and featured on
Birch Aquarium’s logo. Meet Scripps coastal researchers, watch an interactive
kelp tank feeding show, and get your hands slimy with real kelp.