Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
Dates: June 22, July 21-22, Aug. 20-21
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Dates: Sept. 19-20, Oct. 18-19
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Members: $22, Public: $25
Ages: 9+ (Ages 9-13 must also be accompanied by a paid adult)
Pre-purchase required: 858-534-7336 or online.
A warm night lit by a full moon is the perfect time to explore one of La Jolla's most prominent landmarks — the Scripps Pier. Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, to experience this rare opportunity.
The Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, typically closed to the public, is used by scientists, students, and aquarium staff for a variety of research projects. It also serves as a platform to collect local marine life and deploy small boats and oceanographic instruments.
During this moonlit walk along the entire 1,090-foot concrete pier, aquarium naturalists will teach participants about the structure's history and guide them as they dissect a squid, make marine organisms glow in the dark, collect plankton, observe ocean conditions, and study the nocturnal habits of marine life. A brief tour of the Scripps Oceanography campus is included in this jam-packed night of fun and exploration. Join our first Pier Walk on June 22 to experience a "Super Moon"— the moon's closest point to Earth during the year.
For a sneak peek at the view from the Scripps Pier, see the Scripps Pier Cam.
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 western Pacific. 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 430,000, including 40,000 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
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