Experience Birch Aquarium and Scripps Institute of Oceanography: A Learning Experience

Located in beautiful San Diego, California, Birch Aquarium and Scripps Institute of Oceanography is a learning experience outside the classroom. Visitors experience ocean life with only a divider glass between the aquatic animals and humans. Information on membership and ticket pricing is available on the website. The support of visitors and members will assure the continued environmental and aquatic impact of Birch Aquarium and Scripps Institute of Oceanography on the environment through research and educating the human members of the planet.

Homeschoolers enjoy the experience of a live classroom. Discovery Labs are available for school field trips. Special rates and tours are available for college student groups. Birch Aquarium and Scripps Institute of Oceanography produce educational literature such as information on climate change, the eco-system, careers in marine biology, educational video games, professional development, ocean etiquette and much more. The learning resources are available on the aquarium’s official site.

The HMS Challenger Exhibition details scientific exploration of the great ocean basins by two British scientists in the 1870’s. A renewable energy exhibit explains the possibilities of energy from wind, solar and ocean. Guests may encounter seahorses, seadragons and pipefish in an exciting exhibit labeled, “There’s Something about Seahorses.” Perhaps,\ the aquarium’s most popular display is the interactive traveling display, “Whales: Voices in the Sea.” The exhibit demonstrates the communication abilities and migration patterns of whales. Visitors will not want to miss the magnificent coral reef displays. The biodiversity of aquatic life in Mexico is on photographic display including protected areas.

Sea life from more than 60 habitats may be viewed in the Hall of Fishes. Interactive digital panels showcase aquatic animals from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest, California coast, tropical Mexico and exotic Caribbean. A 70,000 gallon kelp forest tank (pictured above) is home to a number of marine animals and may be viewed from the gallery. Visitors should not miss the Red Mangroves and Loggerhead Sea Turtles exhibits. Younger guests enjoy the tide pool display where visitors are invited to touch sea stars, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers and other aquatic life.




A traveler at heart, the writer enjoys traveling all over the south and hopes to one day expand his destinations.


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