Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego
The poetry of three San Diego students will be among that of 47 California students on exhibit from November 23 through January 21 at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. The students are the winners of the 2013 California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for kindergarten through 12th grade students, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission.
This year, 2,260 students entered the California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. San Diego first grader Hugh Burnell received honorable mention for his poem “Hello, Ocean,” (inspired by Pam Munoz-Ryan’s children’s book of the same name), as did Oceanside eighth grader Hannah Prior for her poem, “Drowning,” and San Marcos tenth grader Jordan Kaiser for “Monterey Bay.”
This exhibit at Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the final stop for the 2013 California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest, which has traveled to the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Ford House Museum in Mendocino, and the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center in Ventura.
“At Birch Aquarium, we regularly encourage creative expression through our hands-on activities, so it is a natural fit for us to host this youth art and poetry exhibition,” said Nigella Hillgarth, executive director of Birch Aquarium at Scripps. “Our hope is that this exhibit will inspire parents and teachers to explore with children the many ways that art can be incorporated into science education.”
The exhibit will be located in the aquarium’s galleria and is included in the price of admission (free for Birch Aquarium members).
The California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest is held annually to encourage youth to reflect on the beauty and spirit of California's beaches and ocean. Through this effort, the California Coastal Commission endeavors to inspire a greater sense of appreciation and stewardship for these natural places. Entries for the 2014 contest must be postmarked by January 31. More information about the contest and the Commission’s other education programs can be found on their website.
Winning contest entries can be viewed online.
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science and features five dozen interactive elements. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 405,000, including 42,000 school children.
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
$17 Adult (18+)
$14 Teen (13-17)
$12.50 Child (3-12)
$13 Senior (60+)
$11 UCSD student/staff w/ID
$12 College Student w/ID
Free Ages 2 and under
Directions: From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive.
West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.
Parking: Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.