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Select the Birch Aquarium Education store to register/purchase tickets for School Programs, Summer Learning Adventures (camps), Outdoor Adventures, Birthday Parties, or Haunted Aquarium

Select the Birch Aquarium Special Events store to purchase tickets for Single-Day Admission, Green Flash Concert Series or any other non-Education program

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Teacher DevelopmentSummer 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!

Please purchase your tickets online in advance.

Ticket holder MUST show current college student ID at the time of ticket redemption. The ticket is NOT valid if ticket holder fails to show a current college student ID.

ALL COLLEGE ADMISSION TICKETS AT THE GATE ARE $12.00 EACH


HOURS OF OPERATION:
Sunday - Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
  Valid:  Sat,Mar 1,2014 - Sun,Aug 31,2014   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: $25.00 Member Price: $22.00 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. Ages 9-13 must also be accompanied by a paid adult.

Advanced registration required.

 
 
Grunion Run
   Regular Price: $16.00 Member Price: $14.00 Qty

Get ready for a true Southern California experience! Observe hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Before hitting the beach, see grunion hatch before your eyes and watch a short film about this mysterious fish. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. Ages 6+ (Minors must be accompanied by a paid adult).

Advanced registration required.

 
 
TEACHER DEVELOPMENT

Teacher Development

 
NOAA Ocean Explorer: Why Do We Explore?
   
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration professional development program for teachers (grade 5-12) is a two part series. In Part 1, "Why Do We Explore?", Participants will learn how to use standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom inquiries into important reasons for ocean exploration including climate change, ocean health and human health. Part 2 will be offered in Fall 2014.
  Session  Why Do We Explore?: Sat,May 17,2014 8:00AM-4:00PM   AVAILABLE
 
 
SUMMER LEARNING ADVENTURES CAMPS

Please contact our Education office at 858-534-7336 if you need help purchasing summer camp tickets for your child.

 
Sea Squirts (Pre-K-K)
   Regular Price: $210.00 Member Price: $185.00

For children entering Pre-K and Kindergarten in Fall 2014. Minimum age: 4. 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 (Pre-K-K)
   Regular Price: $210.00 Member Price: $185.00

For children entering Pre-K and Kindergarten in Fall 2014. Minimum age: 4. 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 (Pre-K- K) SPECIAL 4TH of JULY
   Regular Price: $126.00 Member Price: $111.00

For children entering Pre-K and Kindergarten in Fall 2014. Minimum age: 4. This is a special session for the 4th of July holiday week. Class does not meet on July 3 or 4 (3 days only). This session is limited to 10 participants.

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

  Session  A (3 days only): Mon,Jun 30,2014-Wed,Jul 2,2014 9:00AM-12:00PM   WAIT LIST
 
 
Only One Ocean (1st-2nd Grade)
   Regular Price: $210.00 Member Price: $185.00

For children entering grades 1st–2nd in Fall 2014. 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 (1st-2nd Grade)
   Regular Price: $210.00 Member Price: $185.00

For children entering grades 1st-2nd in Fall 2014. 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 (1st-2nd) SPECIAL 4th of JULY
   Regular Price: $126.00 Member Price: $111.00

For children entering grades 1st-2nd in Fall 2014. This is a special session for the 4th of July holiday week. Class does not meet on July 3 or 4 (3 days only). 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 (3 days only): Mon,Jun 30,2014-Wed,Jul 2,2014 9:00AM-12:00PM   AVAILABLE
 
 
Seaside Explorers Camp (2nd-3rd Grade)
   Regular Price: $365.00 Member Price: $330.00

For children entering grades 2nd-3rd in Fall 2014. Limited to 15 participants per session.

Explore the seashore and aquarium through exciting activities ranging from mussel-clump dissections and fish printing to animal investigations. Daily hands-on science projects will reveal amazing ocean discoveries. 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, Mission Beach, Scripps Beach

 
 
Ocean Explorers Camp (2nd-3rd Grade)
   Regular Price: $365.00 Member Price: $330.00

For children entering grades 2nd-3rd in Fall 2014. Limited to 15 participants per session.

Learn about San Diego’s local ocean habitats and discover the amazing adaptations of the animals that live there. During visits to the aquarium and local beaches, hands-on projects will help to develop understanding of our ocean. Explore your creative side as your see how artists around the world present their respect for the ocean. 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, La Jolla Cove, Scripps Beach

 
 
Snorkel Camp (4th-6th Grade)
   Regular Price: $255.00 Member Price: $230.00

For children entering 4th-6th grades in Fall of 2014. 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 Beach, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores

 
 
Snorkel Camp (4th-6th) SPECIAL 4th of JULY
   Regular Price: $153.00 Member Price: $138.00

For children entering grades 4th-6th in Fall of 2014. This is a special session for the 4th of July holiday week. Class does not meet on July 3 or 4 (3 days only). 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 Beach, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores

  Session  A (3 days only): Mon,Jun 30,2014-Wed,Jul 2,2014 9:00AM-12:00PM   AVAILABLE
 
 
Shark Encounters (4th-6th Grade)
   Regular Price: $255.00 Member Price: $230.00

For children entering 4th-6th grade in Fall 2014. Limited to 15 participants per session.

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

Participants must provide their own snorkel gear and transportation to and from each day’s location.

 
 
Marine Biologist for a Week (4th-6th Grade)
   Regular Price: $255.00 Member Price: $230.00

For children entering grades 4th-6th in Fall 2014. 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

 
 
Ocean Adventures Camp (4th-6th Grade)
   Regular Price: $395.00 Member Price: $355.00

For children entering grades 4th-6th in Fall 2014. 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 Beach, Scripps Beach, La Jolla Cove

 
 
So You Want to be an Oceanographer (7th-9th Grade)
   Regular Price: $255.00 Member Price: $230.00

For children entering grades 7th-9th in Fall 2014. 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 (7th-9th Grade)
   Regular Price: $395.00 Member Price: $355.00

For children in grades 7th-9th in Fall 2014. 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 (7-9 Grade)- SPECIAL July 4
   Regular Price: $237.00 Member Price: $213.00

For children in grades 7th-9th in Fall 2014. This is a special session for the 4th of July holiday week. Class does not meet on July 3 or 4 (3 days only). 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): Mon,Jun 30,2014-Wed,Jul 2,2014 9:00AM-3:00PM   AVAILABLE