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California, Indian States Launch Initiative to Jointly Improve Public Health, Combat Climate Change

Dive into Summer Camps at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Explore the ocean from top to bottom during Summer Learning Adventure Camps offered through Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

These fun and engaging ocean science programs — designed for ages 4-15 — inspire understanding and stewardship of the ocean and its inhabitants. Camps run from June 24-Aug. 23. Registration begins March 11.

Experience live animal encounters, hands-on activities, and field excursions for an entire week or just a day. Camps feature amazing ocean creatures, gooey dissections, the remarkable world of sharks, adventures in oceanography, and the chance to learn how to surf and snorkel.

Birch Aquarium's Summer Learning Adventure Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. This nationally recognized accreditation ensures the aquarium meets more than 300 quality standards and provides a safe and nurturing environment for campers. In addition, our instructors receive training through Kids Included Together, an organization committed to providing learning opportunities for children with and without disabilities.

Learn more about Summer Learning Adventure Camps and read class descriptions online. Book online or call 858-534-7336. Camps often sell out, so early reservations are encouraged.

Camp Spotlight:

Sea Slugs - PreK-K
Week-long, half-day camp; $210

Dive into a week of fun! Explore the ocean and the magnificent wonders found beneath the waves without leaving the aquarium. Learn about jiggling jellies, scuttling crabs, slip-sliding snails, toothy sharks, and massive mammals! This engaging camp features hands-on activities, games, role-playing, and live animals.

Ocean Playground - Grades 1-2
Week-long, half-day camp; $210

What would it be like to grow up in the ocean? Discover how sharks, otters, turtles, penguins, and sea stars grow and survive in their watery homes. Make and take home fun educational projects incorporating these exciting discoveries. Each session features stories, interactive games, aquarium visits, and live animal interactions.

Explore ocean science during Birch Aquarium at Scripps' summer camps.

Ocean Explorers Camp - Grades 2-3
Week-long, full-day camp; $365

Learn about San Diego's local ocean habitats and discover the amazing adaptations of the animals that live there. During visits to Birch Aquarium and local beaches, hands-on projects will help campers develop understanding of our ocean. Creative sides will be explored as campers see how artists around the world present their respect for the ocean.

Shark Encounters - Grades 4-6
Week-long, half-day camp; $255

Become a shark expert as you spend the week investigating and encountering a variety of sharks. Learn about shark biology, behavior, and conservation through observation and hands-on activities. Snorkel with local sharks and meet Scripps Oceanography shark researchers.

Surfing Into Science - Grades 7-9
Week-long, full-day camp; $395

Surf's up! Dive into the perfect blend of ocean sports, beach exploration, and marine science activities. Hone your surfing and oceanographic skills as you learn how beach shape and the ocean bottom play important roles in the waves we ride. Go snorkeling and kayaking to observe animals that share the waves with us.

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 beyond. 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 436,000, including 40,000 school children.


A general course on the dynamics and kinematics of the solid earth based on the text of Turcotte and Schubert. Topics include plate tectonics, heat flow, lithospheric cooling, flexure, viscous flow, gravity, crustal dynamics, and other related topics. (S/U grades permitted.)


Miriam Kastner

Photo of the Week: Antarctic Radar

The Scanning ARM Cloud Radar (SACR) is set up on Ross Island near McMurdo Station on Antarctica for the AWARE experiment.

AWARE scientists and technical experts are using a suite of cutting-edge instruments to collect and analyze detailed atmospheric and cloud data in the region over the next 14 months. The never-before-collected data will be vital in creating the first well-calibrated measurements of this kind acquired from Antarctica. Scripps Institution of Oceanography atmospheric chemist Lynn Russell and researcher Dan Lubin are co-principal investigators of AWARE, the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) West Antarctic Radiation Experiment. Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Field Instrument Deployments and Operations (FIDO) team manages AWARE instrument deployment.



Special CASPO Seminar:"Eddy-wind interaction in the California Current System: Dynamics and impacts"

Dr. Hyodae Seo

Woods Hole Oceanographic institution


Benthic coral reef calcium carbonate dissolution in an acidifying ocean