We start with the Birch Aquarium, located in beautiful La Jolla. With gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean -sunsets are a must here! Just so you know Birch Aquarium has lots to offer it is not only an aquarium where you visit to just observe, it is interactive and a great learning experience for the whole family!
Here is what is happening this Spring at the Birch Aquarium, hope to see you there :)
Birds of the Sea
March 17: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Discover Science, Exploration & Adventure! The tiny Storm Petrel bird spends its entire life at sea, only coming to shore to lay its eggs and nest for a short period each year. Learn more about amazing ocean-going birds and discover how adaptations allow them to survive in a watery world. Meet Scripps Oceanography scientists studying birds, learn about amazing migrations, and find out the best spots to catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures. Young adventurers can make a bird craft and listen to story time. Included with admission.
Now –April 15
9:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. daily
Join Scripps naturalists and Flagship Cruises & Events for our 12th season of whale watching as we venture out for twice-daily cruises to locate gray whales on their round-trip migration from their Alaska feeding grounds to Baja California. Search for seals, sea lions, dolphins, migrating birds, and more! Naturalists will showcase gray whale biofacts and will answer all of your marine animal questions. Dress in layers and don't forget your camera! Download a $5-off coupon here
RSVP: Flagship – San Diego Harbor Excursion at 619-234-4111 or flagshipsd.com
Members: $30 daily
Public: $35 weekdays, $40 weekends
Youth (4-12 with paid adult): $17.50 weekdays, $20 weekends
April 20 & May 20
Birch Aquarium at Scripps celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012 with a special gift for San Diego County residents: Half-off admission on the 20th of every month through our anniversary month in September. Valid for residents living in zip codes 91901-92199. Visitors must show a valid ID with zip code to receive the offer. Limit two children per valid adult. Cannot be combined with other offers.
Wonders of Wind
April 21: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Discover Science, Exploration & Adventure! Humans began using wind energy in 3500 B.C. when they learned it could propel their sailboats. Learn from today’s experts at the California Center For Sustainable Energy how wind energy can still be used to power our daily lives. This family-friendly event is full of breezy hands-on activities and projects. Included with admission.
April 8: 10:45 p.m.- 12:45 a.m.
April 23: 10:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.
May 7: 10:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.
May 22: 10:30 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.
June 6: 10:45 p.m.- 12:45 a.m.
Get ready for a true Southern California experience! Observe hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Before hitting the beach, see grunion hatch before your eyes during a special presentation about this mysterious fish. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight.
Ages 6-13 must attend with a paid adult.
RSVP required: 858-534-7336 or online at aquarium.ucsd.edu
Members: $10 Public: $12
April 4-7: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join us for “eggstra” special hands-on activities that highlight the wonder of reproduction in the ocean. Meet egg-laying marine animals and their eggs, including squids, fishes, and sharks. Make a shark egg craft, listen to special stories, and participate in a daily “scavenger-hunt” through the aquarium. Included with admission.
Breathing in Climate Change
May 19: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Discover Science, Exploration & Adventure! Celebrate the American Lung Association's Clean Air Month with a climate-themed SEA Day. Uncover the link between air pollution and climate change as Scripps Oceanography researchers bring real-time experiments to this event. Included with admission.