Dates: July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Here's a bright idea: Join the global effort to slow climate change and cut down your energy bill this summer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. On three select Saturdays, trade in old light bulbs and torchiere lamps for new, energy-efficient models - for free - and get 2-for-1 aquarium admission.
On July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15, San Diego County residents can exchange up to five 75-watt or higher incandescent light bulbs and/or up to two halogen torchiere lamps (bring entire fixture) for compact fluorescent lights - a combined savings of more than $100 - while supplies last. The new models use 75 percent less energy than regular incandescent bulbs, create 75 percent less heat and last 10 times as long.
Bring a copy of your current San Diego Gas & Electric utility bill to prove San Diego County residency. No other proof will be accepted.
Once inside the gates, explore Birch Aquarium at Scripps' newest exhibit, "Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge." Through hands on-activities, videos and visuals, learn the scientific facts of climate change and discover tips for reducing carbon emissions.
Offered through a partnership with SDG&E and the City of San Diego, this special exchange program will be held in conjunction with Family Days, Birch Aquarium's monthly program that embraces family learning and togetherness through one-of-a-kind activities for all ages. Family Days is included with aquarium admission and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 21
The Power of Plankton
Often microscopic, plankton may be one of the smallest organisms in the ocean, but they play a huge role! Discover how important these tiny "dancers in the ocean" are as food for the ocean's web of life.
Saturday, Aug. 18
Season of Sharks
Uncover the truths about sharks and learn how they have been able to survive for 400 million years. Meet live sharks, learn about the sharks in Southern California and make a craft to take home. Touch preserved sharkskin and jaws and meet Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers who study sharks and their relatives.
Saturday, Sept. 15
It's Easy Being Green
Train your brain to sustain! Taste, touch, smell and feel ways your everyday actions can keep the Earth healthy and help provide for future generations. Learn about climate change, energy efficiency, recycling and more.
Visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
For more info: 858/534-FISH
Web site: http://aquarium.ucsd.edu
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Admission: $11 Adult, 18+
$9 Senior, 60+
$7.50 Youth, 3-17
Free Children, 2 and under
Directions: From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive.
West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.
Parking: Birch Aquarium's parking lot offers three-hour
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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