Birch Aquarium at Scripps
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Welcome to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps eTicket Store!

Select a store below to purchase admission tickets or register for a Birch Aquarium program.

If you would like to view our latest OnBoard, which lists all of our upcoming programs, click here.

Questions? Please call 858-534-7336 or email us at birchaquariumprograms@ucsd.edu
College Student single ticketsBirthdays!Outdoor Adventures
Summer Learning Adventures Camps
 
COLLEGE STUDENT SINGLE TICKETS

If you are a college student looking to purchase a single admission ticket to visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a class assignment, you have come to the right place!

Online Pricing is as follows:
September- February: $7.00 per student
March- August: $8.00 per student
Year-round walk-ups: $12.00 per student

Please purchase your tickets online in advance.

ALL COLLEGE ADMISSION TICKETS AT THE GATE ARE $12.00 EACH

There will be a $0.50 Fee if you want to have your ticket printed at the office. All proceeds go towards Seahorse Conservation.

You can purchase additional non-college student tickets at the Ticket Booth or Click here to purchase non-college student tickets (choose Birch Aquarium Special Events). There is a $1 per ticket fee to purchase non-college student tickets online. There is no fee if tickets are purchased at the Ticket Booth.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Sunday - Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

 
College Student (March-August)
   Price: $8.00 Qty
If you are a college student looking to purchase a single admission ticket to visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a class assignment, you have come to the right place!

You must purchase your ticket online in order to receive this discounted rate.

Ticket holder MUST show current college student ID or class schedule at the time of ticket redemption.

College student admission at the gate: $12.00
  Valid:  Thu, Mar 3, 2016 - Wed, Aug 31, 2016   AVAILABLE
 
 
BIRTHDAYS!

 
Birthday Parties
   Regular Price: $400.00 Member Price: $360.00

Our parties are designed for ages 1-9. Our goal is to provide an educational and fun experience for the birthday child and guests. Each party includes: Aquarium admission for paid participants (include children AND adults in your participant total), a private party room with Birch Aquarium Instructor, live animal encounter, aquarium tour with Instructor relating to party theme, a take-home craft and a small gift for each child. Three hours of free parking and decorations (table cloths, birthday banners) are also included. Please provide your own cake, snacks, beverages and paper products.


Price is for a maximum of 20 guests, including adults and children. You may add up to 10 additional guests at a rate of $20 per child and $10 per adult (the member rate is $18 per child and $8 per adult).


Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your birthday party, a full refund will be issued minus a $50.00 deposit.
If the day or time you would like to book your party is not available, or if you would like to hear about other ways to celebrate your child's birthday here at the aquarium, please call us at 858-534-7336.

 
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Outdoor Adventures

 
Full Moon Pier Walks
   Regular Price: $30.00 Member Price: $25.00 Qty

Walk along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive moonlit tour. Participants will learn about the history of Scripps Oceanography and current research projects, while collecting plankton, performing experiments, and learning more about the life below the pier. For ages 9+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult).

Advanced registration required.

 
 
Snorkel with Leopard Sharks
   Regular Price: $30.00 Member Price: $25.00 Qty

Explore the underwater world with aquarium naturalists. See local leopard sharks and guitarfish up-close at La Jolla Shores. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear. Ages 10+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult).

Advanced registration required. Tickets will be on sale until 4:00pm the day before the program.

 
 
SUMMER LEARNING ADVENTURES CAMPS

Aquarium Associate members and above: Please call 858-534-7336 to take advantage of our advance registration starting March 1st.

Public registration begins March 8th.

Questions? Call 858-534-7336 or email birchaquariumprograms@ucsd.edu

 
Sea Squirts (Ages 4-5)
   Regular Price: $229.00 Member Price: $199.00

For children ages 4-5. Birth certificates must be provided before the first day of camp. Limited to 10 participants per session.

Enjoy five half-days of fun learning about the amazing habitats found across the sea and the interesting animals that reside there! Observe and touch live animals from teeming tide pools, enchanted kelp forests, colorful coral reefs, soft sandy beaches and the blue open ocean. Each session features stories, crafts, hands-on experiences and aquarium visits. Location - Birch Aquarium

 
 
Sea Slugs (Ages 4-5)
   Regular Price: $229.00 Member Price: $199.00

For children ages 4-5. Birth certificates must be provided before the first day of camp. Limited to 10 participants per session.

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.
Location - Birch Aquarium

 
 
Sea Slugs (Ages 4-5) SPECIAL 4TH of JULY
   Regular Price: $138.00 Member Price: $120.00

For children ages 4-5. Birth certificates must be provided before the first day of camp. This is a special session for the 4th of July holiday week (3 days only). Camp does not meet on July 4-5. Limited to 10 participants per session.

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.
Location - Birch Aquarium

 
 
Only One Ocean (Ages 6-7)
   Regular Price: $229.00 Member Price: $199.00

For children ages 6-7. Limited to 20 participants per session.

Learn about unique ocean habitats as you embark on a high-seas adventure around the world. "Travel" to a new location each day and discover the rare and amazing animals that live there. From the Arctic to the deep sea, you'll bring home crafty mementos that will highlight your unforgettable voyage to amazing habitats around the world. Location - Birch Aquarium

 
 
Ocean Playground (Ages 6-7)
   Regular Price: $229.00 Member Price: $199.00

For children ages 6-7. Limited to 20 participants per session.

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. Location - Birch Aquarium

 
 
Ocean Playground (Ages 6-7) SPECIAL 4th of JULY
   Regular Price: $138.00 Member Price: $120.00

For children ages 6-7. This is a special session for the 4th of July holiday week (3 days only). Camp does not meet on July 4-5. Limited to 20 participants per session.

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. Location - Birch Aquarium

  Session  A: Wed, Jul 6, 2016 - Fri, Jul 8, 2016 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (2 AVAIL)
 
 
Seaside Explorations Camp (Ages 7-8)
   Regular Price: $389.00 Member Price: $349.00

For children ages 7-8. Limited to 15 participants per session.

Learn to be a scientist by exploring the aquarium and San Diego's seaside. Hands-on activities and investigations will help to develop an understanding of the natural world. Parents are invited to a showcase on the last day of camp. Campers must provide their own lunches and transportation to and from each day's location. Please note: This camp does not include aquatic sports. Locations: Birch Aquarium, Mission Beach, Scripps Beach

 
 
Ocean Inspirations Camp (Ages 7-8)
   Regular Price: $389.00 Member Price: $349.00

For children ages 7-8. Limited to 15 participants per session.

Have you ever been inspired by the ocean? Use the ocean and its animals as inspiration to create art projects and make science connections. Parents are invited to an ocean showcase on the last day of camp. Campers must provide their own lunches and transportation to and from each day's location. Please note: This camp does not include aquatic sports. Locations: Birch Aquarium, Scripps Beach, La Jolla Cove

 
 
Snorkel Camp (ages 9-11)
   Regular Price: $279.00 Member Price: $249.00

For children ages 9-11. Limited to 15 participants per session.

Have you ever seen an octopus, touched a brittle star, or taken a swim with a fish? Explore local marine habitats and enjoy live animal encounters as you take the plunge this summer with our experienced staff to learn the fun and easy sport of snorkeling. Visit the calm waters of Mission Bay, La Jolla Cove, and the sandy bottom of La Jolla Shores. Participants must provide their own snorkel gear and transportation to and from each day's location. Intermediate swimming ability is required. Locations: Mission Point, Scripps Beach, La Jolla Cove

 
 
Snorkel Camp (Ages 9-11) SPECIAL 4th of JULY
   Regular Price: $168.00 Member Price: $150.00

For children ages 9-11. This is a special session for the 4th of July holiday week (3 days only). Camp does not meet on July 4-5. Limited to 15 participants per session.

Have you ever seen an octopus, touched a brittle star, or taken a swim with a fish? Explore local marine habitats and enjoy live animal encounters as you take the plunge this summer with our experienced staff to learn the fun and easy sport of snorkeling. Visit the calm waters of Mission Bay, La Jolla Cove, and the sandy bottom of La Jolla Shores. Participants must provide their own snorkel gear and transportation to and from each day's location. Intermediate swimming ability is required. Locations: Mission Point, Scripps Beach, La Jolla Cove

  Session  A (3 Days Only): Wed, Jul 6, 2016 - Fri, Jul 8, 2016 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (5 AVAIL)
 
 
Shark Encounters (Ages 9-11)
   Regular Price: $279.00 Member Price: $249.00

For children ages 9-11. Limited to 15 participants per session. Participants must provide their own snorkel gear and transportation to and from each day's location.

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 Institution of Oceanography shark researchers. Locations: Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla Shores

 
 
Marine Biologist for a Week (Ages 9-11)
   Regular Price: $279.00 Member Price: $249.00

For children ages 9-11. Limited to 20 participants per session.

What would it be like to be a marine biologist? Join us for a week and find out! Experience this profession through hands-on activities, dissections, beach sampling, and a trip to the Scripps pier. Learn the techniques and tools scientists use to explore the biological ocean realm. From tiny plankton to fascinating sharks this camp will surely excite any young ocean enthusiast. Please note: This camp does not include aquatic sports. Locations: Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

 
 
Marine Biologist (Ages 9-11) SPECIAL 4th of JULY
   Regular Price: $168.00 Member Price: $150.00

For children ages 9-11. This is a special session for the 4th of July holiday week (3 days only). Camp does not meet on July 4-5. Limited to 20 participants per session.

What would it be like to be a marine biologist? Join us for a week and find out! Experience this profession through hands-on activities, dissections, beach sampling, and a trip to the Scripps pier. Learn the techniques and tools scientists use to explore the biological ocean realm. From tiny plankton to fascinating sharks this camp will surely excite any young ocean enthusiast. Please note: This camp does not include aquatic sports. Locations: Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  Session  B: Wed, Jul 6, 2016 - Fri, Jul 8, 2016 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (11 AVAIL)
 
 
Ocean Adventures Camp (Ages 9-11)
   Regular Price: $419.00 Member Price: $379.00

For children ages 9-11. Limited to 15 participants per session.

Learn to surf, snorkel, and practice hands-on oceanography in this popular camp. Experienced instructors will teach basic surfing, boogie-boarding, and snorkeling skills, while introducing campers to related marine science topics such as waves, rip currents, and near-shore marine life. Campers must provide their own lunches, snorkel equipment, and transportation to and from each day's location. Intermediate swimming ability is required. Locations: Mission Point, Scripps Beach, La Jolla Shores

 
 
So You Want to be an Oceanographer (Ages 12-15)
   Regular Price: $279.00 Member Price: $249.00

For children ages 12-15. Limited to 20 participants per session.

Dreaming of a career in oceanography? Our five-day program provides a fun and educational glimpse into Scripps Institution of Oceanography by visiting scientists in their labs. See what it's really like to be an oceanographer through hands-on experiments and field explorations. Please note: This camp does not include aquatic sports. Locations: Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

 
 
Surfing into Science (Ages 12-15)
   Regular Price: $419.00 Member Price: $379.00

For children ages 12-15. Limited to 15 participants per session.

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. Campers must provide their own lunches, snorkel equipment, and transportation to and from each day's location. Intermediate swimming ability is required. Locations: Scripps Beach, La Jolla Shores

 
 
Surfing into Science (Ages 12-15) SPECIAL July 4
   Regular Price: $251.00 Member Price: $227.00

For children ages 12-15. This is a special session for the 4th of July holiday week (3 days only). Class does not meet on July 4-5. Limited to 15 participants.

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. Campers must provide their own lunches, snorkel equipment, and transportation to and from each day's location. Intermediate swimming ability is required. Locations: Scripps Beach, La Jolla Shores

  Session  A (3 Days Only): Wed, Jul 6, 2016 - Fri, Jul 8, 2016 9:00AM - 3:00PM   (1 AVAIL)