Member Events and Deals

Aquarium members enjoy special events and deals all year long.

SEA Days

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.

Perspectives Lecture
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.


SEA Days

Plankton Power

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 again!

Perspectives Lecture

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.


SEA Days

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!

Perspectives Lecture
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.


SEA Days

Kelp Kornucopia

Saturday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Celebrate 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.