It's time to celebrate our big blue ocean!
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, will mark World Ocean Day with special activities on Sunday, June 7, to honor our connection to the ocean and raise awareness about the need to protect it.
Author Joel Harper will read from his new children's book, All the Way to the Ocean.
Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., two special guests will engage audiences of all ages as they share messages of ocean conservation and positive action. Author and musician Joel Harper will read his new children's book, All the Way to the Ocean.
This beautifully illustrated and inspiring book explores how we can prevent plastic debris and trash from entering the ocean. Recycled material artist Dianna Cohen, best known for her striking artistic pieces made of recycled plastic bags, will lead visitors in a unique art project that demonstrates how ubiquitous these bags have become and the unique ways we can recycle them.
Throughout the afternoon, visitors can also play the Plunko Junk-go trash game, seek out ocean answers
Recycled materials artist Dianna Cohen is known for her stunning art pieces using plastic bags.
on a scavenger hunt and discover how
Scripps researchers are studying the ocean. All activities are included with paid admission to the aquarium. Please visit the Birch Aquarium website for a more detailed schedule of events.
Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Ocean Day (June 8) is an annual opportunity to celebrate our ocean and personal connection to the sea. The summit was the first major international gathering focused on the health of the ocean. Its centerpiece was the ratification of the Global Warming Treaty, made possible by the inaugural 1990 report from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international body of researchers - including a dozen Scripps Oceanography researchers - who analyze climate change and its impacts on the planet. The United Nations recently declared June 8 the official World Ocean Day.
Still feel like celebrating? Honor the ocean all month long with a series of special events designed to raise awareness of our ocean.
Sunday, June 7
Help Birch Aquarium and San Diego Coastkeeper clean up the beach.
World Ocean Day Celebration
& Beach Cleanup
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
La Jolla Shores
Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego Coastkeeper, San Diego Oceans Foundation and Think Blue for a World Ocean Day celebration. Help keep the oceans clean by participating in a beach cleanup or an on-the-water kayak cleanup. Meet marine life found in our local waters and learn about their habitat. Browse stunning images of underwater life from a variety of local underwater photographers.
For more information, visit http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org.
Monday, June 8
9:30-11:30 p.m., ages 6 to adult
$12, RSVP Required: 858-534-7336
On certain spring nights, hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto some Southern California and Northern Baja California beaches to spawn. Aquarium naturalists will guide participants as they witness this remarkable mating ritual.
Wednesday, June 17
Green Flash Seaside Concert
6-9 p.m., 21+
$20 per concert, $25 at the door
Experience a unique summertime concert combining live music and spectacular ocean sunsets. Singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins, best known for his top 10 hit "Lullaby," performs.
Saturday, June 20
Light Bulb Exchange
11 a.m. - 3 p.m., all ages
Trade in old light bulbs for new, energy-efficient models - for free - and get 2-for-1 same-day aquarium admission.
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 45,000 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.
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