Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, has been named San Diego's Best Children's Activity Center or Museum in Ranch & Coast magazine's third-annual "Readers' Choice: Best of 2008" survey.
The magazine, which has a 37,000 monthly distribution, highlighted Birch Aquarium's award-winning climate change exhibit, Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge, as one of the ways the aquarium makes it fun to learn about science.
"From the colorful displays of sea life to the aquarium's popular annual summer learning adventures ... Birch teaches kids about the ocean, the environment and how every individual can make a difference," the magazine reported.
"We are very honored to be recognized by Ranch & Coast's readers," Birch Aquarium at Scripps Executive Director Nigella Hillgarth said. "We strive to create an educational and interactive atmosphere where children are not only entertained, but also inspired to respect and protect our fragile planet."
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium at Scripps has an annual attendance of more than 400,000, including more than 77,000 school children, and features more than 5,000 animals representing 380 species. The hilltop site provides spectacular views of the Scripps Oceanography campus and the Pacific Ocean. Its mission is to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps research and to promote ocean conservation.
Upcoming family events at Birch Aquarium at Scripps include Spring EGGS-travaganza from March 15-21, this season's naturalist-led Grunion Run adventures, and Summer Learning Adventure Camps.
For more information, visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps or call 858-534-FISH.
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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