E.W. Scripps Associates

E.W. Scripps Associates (EWSA) is a premier group of annual donors who make a difference in global research conducted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists. Members learn first-hand from Scripps scientists about ocean, earth, climate science, and the work they are supporting at “Behind-the-Scenes” events.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is one of the world's oldest, largest and most important centers for ocean, earth and atmospheric science research, education and public service.

Since its beginnings, the institution has featured a public aquarium and outreach center - now the Birch Aquarium — to serve as a public exploration center, interpreting Scripps research and communicating scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere and Earth for the benefit of society and the planet.

Join us!

Become a Member



All benefits listed below and:

  • Invitation to exclusive research expeditions across the globe.



All benefits listed below and:

  • Four free admissions to each EWSA science event.
  • Lunch with a Scripps scientist and personalized updates on his/her research.



All benefits listed below and:

  • Pier key allowing unlimited access to the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public.
  • Two free admissions to each EWSA event.
  • Invitation to a special annual reception with recipient of the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest and priority seating at the Nierenberg Prize ceremony.
  • Invitations to exclusive members only events.



UC San Diego Alumni $750 | Scripps Alumni $500
  • Invitations to Behind the Scenes science events featuring world-renowned Scripps scientists and students.
  • Exclusive pier tour guided by Scripps scientist or student.
  • Invitations to seasonal EWSA events, monthly Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science lecture series, and select exhibit openings.
  • Entrance to Birch Aquarium with eight one-time admission passes and invitations to exclusive Birch events.