Birch Aquarium at Scripps Invites Middle and High School Students to an Evening of Exploring Ocean Careers


Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Public: $12, Members: $10
RSVP: 858-534-5771 or online.

Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego for an exciting evening exploring careers in oceanography. On April 1, from 6 – 8:30 p.m., students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to the first Exploring Ocean Careers event. Students and guests will have the opportunity to meet with scientists and professionals from the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium to learn about the wide variety of ocean-related STEM careers and opportunities.

“Many young people (and adults!) have no idea about the extraordinary breadth of career possibilities in the exciting field of oceanography. Science, technology, engineering, math—our scientists at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography do it all. At Exploring Ocean Careers, we will show parents and students that a career in ocean science is more varied than they might think,” said Dr. Nigella Hillgarth, Executive Director of Birch Aquarium. Researchers, professors, graduate students, and other professionals in the fields of marine biology, chemistry, geology, seismology, and more will be on hand to discuss their careers and career paths with attendees. In addition to one-on-one interactions, speakers will participate in a formal Q & A panel at the end of the evening and students will receive take-home materials to help them in their path to a STEM career in oceanography.

Exploring Ocean Careers is $12 per person to the public and $10 per person for aquarium members. Students under age 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Splash! Café will be open prior to the event serving a variety of hot & cold sandwiches, entree salads, soup, hot dogs, and more.  Space is limited. Advanced registration recommended. RSVP online at or by calling 858-534-5771.

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.

Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Phone: 858-534-3474

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