Friends of the Collections

Sediment cores are an essential part of our Geological Collections at Scripps Oceanography

Sediment cores are an essential part of our Geological Collections at Scripps Oceanography

A Little Help from Our Friends

The Scripps Oceanographic Collections make up the largest and most complete university-based oceanographic collection in the world. Comprised of millions of biological and geological marine specimens, the collections are irreplaceable because they record the state of the ocean environment at specific points in time over the past century. They tell a unique and evolving story of life on Earth and provide answers to questions about our planet's future.

Please save the date for our next event:

E.W. Scripps Associates presents
Behind-the-Scenes at Scripps at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

$35* for E.W. Scripps Associates and Friends of the Collections members and guests of members
$65* for general public admission.
Free for children under 18, not suitable for children under 13.
*event fees are not tax-deductible

Wine and cheese reception and lab tours to be included. More information to be posted shortly. Please contact Meredith at: or 858-534-6945 for more information.

For an annual contribution of $1,000 or more ($750 for UC San Diego alumni or $500 for Scripps Oceanography alumni), you can become a Friend of the Collections and help sustain the invaluable Scripps Oceanographic Collections for future generations of scientists and your support is urgently needed. The cost to sustain the collections is $400,000 per year compared to the $1 billion it would cost to attempt to replace them.

Friends of the Collections members enjoy the following special privileges:


(UC San Diego Alumni: $750)
(Scripps Oceanography Alumni: $500)

  • Invitations to “behind-the-scenes” science events featuring Scripps scientists and students*
  • Exclusive pier tour guided by a Scripps scientist or student
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, seasonal events, and the monthly Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science lecture series
  • Dual Membership at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, which includes:
    • Free unlimited admission for two adults
    • Four guest passes and four discount coupons
    • OnBoard newsletter and explorations e-magazine
    • 10% discount at the Aquarium Gift Shop and Splash! Cafe

      *Small fee charged to offset program expenses.

Join Now

For more information about how you can support the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, or to join us for a tour, please contact us at (858) 822-1865 or