Schedule an Event

want to chat with a scripps scientist? 

Fill out the SCOPE Event Request Form at the button below to set up a virtual “Meet-and-Greet” with a Scripps scientist. Your group can learn more about their research, or a topic of interest to you, and will have the opportunity to ask questions!

SCOPE Event Request Form


Before scheduling an event please check that the dates you are asking for are available on the calendar above. We have limited volunteers and are often booked at capacity months in advance. Please plan accordingly.



Virtual "Meet and greet a graduate student" are still possible. Video tours will be coming soon. 


Tours offered year round:


Tour of the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier:

Wiley Wolfe - Pier Tour

This is our most popular tour. Visitors will learn about the history of Scripps including uses of the pier over time and the importance of having a pier to conduct research. Depending on the expertise of the tour guide and requests of the visiting group, the focus might be biology, geology, chemistry, or physics of the oceans.

Suggested age range: 3rd grade and up 


Tour of the Hubbs Research Aquarium for native San Diego animals:

Hubbs Tour

This is our second most popular tour. Visitors explore a true research aquarium, which houses organisms and a wide variety of tanks and equipment that are primarily for experimental purposes. The tour concludes with an interactive touch tank containing a variety of local native tidepool animals.

Suggested age range: 3rd grade and up 


Tour of the beach geology:

Beach Geo Tour

Participants will get their feet and ankles sandy (and maybe wet) while learning about the principles of erosion. This is a fun tour for all ages, including elementary students.

Suggested age range: 3rd grade and up 



Tour of the Scripps Oceanographic Collections at UC San Diego:

Ben Frable - collections tour

Participants will get the opportunity to tour one of the four world-renowned oceanographic collections housed here at Scripps. Learn directly from the managers of these collections about why and how scientists keep collections, and see some of our coolest specimen! Tight spaces and valuable samples make this tour better suited for older groups.

Suggested age range: 7th grade and up


Climate box activity:

Educational climate change games to teach students the fundamentals of climate science. 

Suggested age range: 3rd to 6th grade


Meet and greet a graduate student: 

Participants will meet with a graduate student and get a more in depth look about their path to science and their research. This usually involves a PowerPoint presentation with questions and answers.

Note: The majority of our tours are lead graduate students. Any group visiting SIO with SCOPE will meet graduate students.

Suggested age range: 3rd grade and up 


Tide pool tour:

Participants will get their feet and ankles wet and sandy while learning about tidepools and the animals that live in them.

Note: Tide pool tours are only possible when tides are lower than -0.2, please check here → (…)  for the tides at the time you requested tour. Grad students may or may not have magical powers, but we cannot control the tides. 

Off campus events:

SCOPE can provide speakers for off campus events. However, we have very limited availability for off campus events due to the limitations of our volunteer pools. At this time, SCOPE does not have “booth activities” for science fairs.