Friends of the Collections

Ice core collected from the deep ice coring project in West Antarctica

Ice core collected from the deep ice coring project in West Antarctica

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 Behind-the-Scenes at Scripps event:


E.W. Scripps Associates Presents Behind-the-Scenes at Scripps

“Songs From The Sea”
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Scripps Whale Acoustics Lab, Ritter Hall, Scripps Oceanography

Dive into a world filled with melody and mystery. Marine mammals communicate using clicks, whistles and pulses, but what are they actually saying and what can we learn about these creatures and their environment by studying these sounds? Come hear firsthand how Scripps Scientists are using acoustic instrumentation to hear these creatures and answer questions relating to population decline, dialect, behavior and ocean health.

During the evening you will have an opportunity to visit Scripps Oceanography laboratories that focus on the study of marine mammal population, seasonality and behavior using varying acoustic techniques. You will have time to interact and ask questions of whale acoustic expert Dr. John Hildebrand.

$35 for E.W. Scripps Associates and Friends of the Collections members and guests of members

$65 for general public

Free for children under the age of 18 (event is suitable for ages 13 and over)

Please RSVP by May 11th to Meredith at or call 858-534-6945.
You may also download, print and mail in the reply form.


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
  • Entrance to Birch Aquarium at Scipps with 8 one-time admission passes and invitation to exclusive Birch events
    *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