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.

During this holiday season, we are thankful to have you as a part of the Scripps Oceanography family. Please save-the-date for the next E.W. Scripps Associates event, which will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 5:30pm. More details to come!

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