Friends of Birch Aquarium

Friends of Birch Aquarium is a giving society grown from the legacy of Ellen Browning Scripps and Ellen’s Circle. Continuing in these footsteps, Friends of Birch Aquarium furthers youth access and education through support of the Aquarium’s mission to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps Oceanography research, and to promote ocean conservation.

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:

  • A “hands-on” interactive opportunity for you in conjunction with our world-renowned scientists



All benefits listed below and:

  • Lunch with the executive director of Birch Aquarium at Scripps



All benefits listed below and:

  • Exciting “Behind the Scenes” tour with an aquarist including an animal feeding opportunity



An exclusive aquarium annual membership which includes:

  • Free admission for up to 6 people on each visit
  • 20% off at Splash! Café and the gift shop
  • Early registration for summer camps
  • Invitations to exclusive “members only” events
  • 4 guest passes
  • Invitation to our Annual Friends Breakfast event
  • Exclusive tour opportunities at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium
  • Subscription to Birch Aquarium’s member newsletter
  • Exclusive access to Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Annual Holiday Sale