It's time to celebrate our big blue ocean!
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, will mark World Oceans Day with special activities on Friday, June 8 (World Oceans Day) and Saturday, June 9 to honor our connection to the ocean and raise awareness about the need to protect it.
Celebrate this year's "Oceans of Inspiration" theme featuring Dr. Seuss' classic One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish with special activities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Explore the aquarium in Seussian style as you spot fish with zany names and odd shapes. Learn about fish diversity as you peer through microscopes, touch shark skin and observe swimming fish. Enjoy a fishy scavenger hunt and story times throughout the day.
All activities are included with paid aquarium admission.
"Oceans of Inspiration" Pinterest Drawing
May 1 - June 8
What inspires your love of our oceans? In celebration of World Oceans Day, we're asking our Birch Aquarium Pinterest followers to help us create a collection of all things "Ocean Inspired" for a chance to win prizes. Beginning May 1 through June 8 (World Oceans Day), pin your favorite ocean inspiration, tag us (#birchaquarium) and we will add your pin to our Ocean Inspirations board. Pinned items could be a favorite ocean hobby, craft, photograph or animal - get creative! Winners will be randomly selected on June 8. Limit five pins per user. View complete contest rules online.
Still feel like celebrating? Honor the ocean all month long with a series of special activities and events at Birch Aquarium at Scripps designed to raise awareness of our ocean.
Wednesday, June 6
10:45 p.m.-12:45 a.m.
Observe hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Before hitting the beach, see grunion hatch before your eyes during a special presentation about this mysterious fish. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. Ages 6-13 must attend with a paid adult.
RSVP required: 858-534-7336 or online.
Monday, June 11
Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture
135 Years of Global Ocean Warming
Dean Roemmich, Scripps physical oceanographer
A new study comparing past and present ocean temperatures reveals the global ocean has been warming for more than a century. Join Dean Roemmich, Scripps physical oceanographer and study co-author, as he describes how warm our oceans are getting, where all that heat is going, and how this knowledge will help scientists better understand the earth's climate. Learn how scientists measured ocean temperature during the historic voyage of the HMS Challenger (1872-76) and how today's network of ocean-probing robots is changing the way scientists study the seas.
RSVP: 858-534-5771 or online.
Saturday, June 16
SEA Days: Boundless Energy
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Get charged up about the future of energy at Birch Aquarium at Scripps! Explore renewable energy sources and decide how you would choose to power the future. Meet our friends from the California Center for Sustainable Energy as they reveal easy energy solutions. Young adventurers can explore hands-on exhibits, make a craft and listen to story time. Included with admission.
Sunday, June 17
Free Admission for Dads on Father's Day
Dads receive FREE admission to Birch Aquarium with a paying guest (either a child or adult) on June 17, 2012.
Wednesday, June 20
20th Anniversary Offer for San Diego Residents
Birch Aquarium at Scripps celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012 with a special gift for San Diego County residents: Half-off admission on the 20th of every month through our anniversary month in September. Valid for residents living in zip codes 91901-92199. Visitors must show a valid ID with the zip code to receive the offer. Limit two children per valid adult. Cannot be combined with other offers.
Monday, June 25
Summer Learning Adventure Camps
Camps begin June 25
From the classroom to the seashore, our accredited camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun and learning. Campers ages 4-15 investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in oceanography, combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling and more, all while making new friends and memories. Camps run through August 24. View programs and register 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 the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 400,000, including 42,000 school children.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About UC San Diego
The University of California San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide and born of a culture of collaboration, UC San Diego sparks discoveries that advance society, drive economic growth and positively impact the world. Our students, who learn from Nobel laureates, MacArthur Fellows and National Academy members, are committed to public service. For the sixth consecutive year, UC San Diego has been ranked first in the nation based on research, civic engagement and social mobility. We are one campus with multiple pillars of excellence, a top ten public university that is transforming lives, shaping new disciplines and advancing the frontiers of knowledge. Learn more at www.ucsd.edu.