Get Involved

Prince Albert visits Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Go ahead, get your feet wet.

If you have an interest in the environment, a love for the ocean, or just a desire to make a difference, Scripps Institution of Oceanography encourages you to get in on the action. You can be a partner in addressing the great environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Scripps welcomes you to be a part of the important discoveries being made here by joining one of our membership groups, or simply coming by for a visit.

Scripps Pier by moonlight

E.W. Scripps Associates

E.W. Scripps Associates (EWSA) is a premier group of annual donors who make a difference in the global research conducted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists. Members learn about ocean, earth, and climate science first-hand from Scripps scientists at "behind-the-scenes" events and are given special access to Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Child looking at fish tank

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography, receives no direct state or city support and relies on earned income and gifts to operate our exhibit and education programs.

Specimens from the collections

Friends of the Collections

Private support is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accessibility of the Scripps Oceanographic Collections.

Birch Aquarium Executive Director Nigella Hilgarth and friends

Director's Circle

The Scripps Director's Circle includes individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations that have made donations or commitments to Scripps totaling $100,000 or more.

At the Director's Cabinet reunion

Director's Cabinet

The Scripps Oceanography Director’s Cabinet consists of a select group of advisors who work toward expanding awareness and support of Scripps’ research, education, and outreach programs.

Scripps Pier at sunset

Visit Scripps

How to visit the institution for yourself. See our calendar of events.