Scripps Oceanography

For more than a century, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has played an important role in creating a healthier planet for future generations, and philanthropy continues to play a vital part in helping Scripps achieve that goal.

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Scripps Oceanography’s Philanthropic Priorities

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

As part of the charter founding Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1903, an aquarium to showcase and communicate scientific research was established to connect the public to the ocean. Since then, generations of visitors have discovered the ocean world through exhibits, educational programs, and Scripps science showcased. Today, more than 500,000 people visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps each year.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Marine Conservation and Technology Facility

This new facility will provide undergraduate and graduate coursework in marine biodiversity, conservation, resource management, advanced statistical analysis and associated disciplines. The facility will house the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) and will be home to the research labs of Stuart Sandin and Jennifer Smith, experts in coral reef ecology and marine biodiversity. The facility will feature a state-of-the-art saltwater research aquarium with seawater pumped directly from the Pacific Ocean.

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Ways to Support Research and
Education Programming

By being part of the E.W. Scripps Associates, Friends of the Collections, and/or Friends of Birch Aquarium, you have a direct impact on the research and education that makes Scripps Oceanography and Birch Aquarium important resources to the scientific and public community.

E.W. Scripps Associates

E.W. Scripps Associates (EWSA) is a premier group of annual donors who make a difference in the global research conducted by Scripps scientists. New and exciting programs are supported and executed on the vessels of the Scripps fleet.

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Friends of the Collections

Friends of the Collections support the largest university-based oceanographic collection in the world, comprised of millions of biological and geological marine specimens. This library of the ocean’s history is a resource to researchers and students all over the world.

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Friends of Birch Aquarium

Friends of the Birch Aquarium furthers youth access and education through support of the Aquarium’s mission to provide ocean science education, interpret Scripps research, and promote ocean conservation. With a focus on providing San Diego’s underserved students with ocean science programming, the aquarium works with many Title I schools in the classroom, at the aquarium, and in the field.

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Development Events

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