Thursday, June 7, 2007
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Celebrates First-ever National Oceans Month
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoBirch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, is joining the rest of the nation this month to celebrate the first-ever National Oceans Month, announced last week by President George W. Bush to encourage Americans to respect and protect our precious natural treasure. Throughout the month, Birch Aquarium at Scripps will offer special activities to honor our oceans and educate visitors about the importance of healthy waters.
June 8 - June 9 San Diego Bay Harbor Eco-TourAll aboard! Explore the history, ecology and environmental health of San Diego Bay during a special Harbor Eco-Tour offered through a partnership between Birch Aquarium at Scripps and San Diego Harbor Excursion. While aboard a one- or two-hour bay tour, participants will learn about one of San Diego's most spectacular resources. Keep an eye out for seals, sea lions and diverse bird species. Tickets and boarding are at San Diego Harbor Excursion, 1050 North Harbor Dr.
Sunday, June 10 - Sea Kayak AdventureWe're hitting the open waters during a special Sea Kayak Adventure. Participants will learn the basics of ocean kayaking while exploring the coastline, sea caves and calm waters of La Jolla with Scripps naturalists and Ocean Enterprises Express instructors.
Monday, June 11 - Perspectives on Ocean Science LectureJoin Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director Tony Haymet for an exciting overview of the groundbreaking climate research ongoing at Scripps. Scripps has been a world leader in climate studies since 1958, when late Scripps geochemist Charles David Keeling began his pioneering measurements of rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
June 15 - 16 - San Diego Bay Harbor Eco-TourAll aboard! Explore the history, ecology and environmental health of San Diego Bay during a Harbor Eco-Tour offered through a partnership between Birch Aquarium at Scripps and San Diego Harbor Excursion. While aboard a one- or two-hour tour, participants will learn about one of San Diego's most spectacular resources. Keep an eye out for seals, sea lions and diverse bird species. Tickets and boarding are at San Diego Harbor Excursion, 1050 North Harbor Dr.
Saturday, June 16 Bring the Family and Explore!
Family Days: Corals
Explore the underwater world of coral reefs at this special Family Day, Birch Aquarium's monthly program that embraces family learning and togetherness by blending arts and crafts, science, special tours and one-of-a-kind activities. Guest organization Project Aware will help teach how humans can impact coral reefs. Touch real corals, find out where they can be found and learn what they need to survive.
Explore It! Colorful Corals
In a hands-on laboratory, participants of all ages will learn about the diverse types of corals living in our oceans. Take a journey into the tropics through scientific experiments, and find out what it takes to be a successful coral colony. Build your own coral polyp and learn what makes it bloom.
Saturday, June 16 - Grunion RunWitness a romance of the sea! On certain spring nights, hundreds of small silvery fish called grunion ride the waves onto the shore to spawn. Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps to witness this remarkable mating ritual. Your unforgettable night will start with a presentation on grunion, followed by a rare opportunity to witness grunion eggs hatch before your eyes.
Time: 10 p.m.-midnight
Cost: $12 Adult, $9 Child
Ages: 6+ (ages 6-13 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Wednesday, June 20 - Green Flash Seaside ConcertCalling all Beatles fans! Tap your toes on Birch Aquarium's outdoor Preuss Tide Pool Plaza as San Diego's legendary award-winning band Rockola performs music from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Look for a real "green flash," a rare optical phenomenon that takes place at sunset. Experience the aquarium after hours and enjoy food and drinks for purchase.
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20 - 7th Annual Nierenberg Prize Ceremony and Lecture
Join genomics visionary and prestigious UCSD alumnus J. Craig Venter as he accepts the 7th annual Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Venter led the Human Genome Project, which successfully sequenced human DNA in 2000.
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: The Forum Theater at the La Jolla Playhouse, UC San Diego
Saturday, June 23 - Snorkel with SharksSummer is here, and it's time to go snorkeling! Hang out with harmless leopard sharks, smoothhound sharks and guitarfish while enjoying the mild surf and gently sloping beach of La Jolla Shores. See rays, flatfish, sand dwelling invertebrates and coastal sea life. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear.
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Ages: 10+ (ages 10-13 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Sunday, June 24 - Snorkel La Jolla CoveJoin this mask-to-face adventure with the abundant marine life in world-famous La Jolla Cove, part of the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve. The calm waters are home to such beautiful creatures as garibaldi, lobsters and octopuses. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear.
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Ages: 10+ (ages 10-13 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Saturday, June 30 - Full-Moon Pier Walk
A warm night lit by a full moon is the perfect time to explore one of La Jolla's most prominent landmarks - the Scripps Pier. The Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, usually closed to the public, is used by scientists, students and aquarium staff for a variety of research projects. Learn about the structure's history, dissect a squid, make marine organisms glow in the dark, collect plankton, observe ocean conditions and study the nocturnal habits of marine life.
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 Adult, $17 Child
Visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Location:2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
For more info:858.534.FISH
Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily
Parking: Birch Aquarium's parking lot offers three-hour
$11 Adult, 18+
$9 Senior, 60+
$7.50 Youth, 3-17
Free Children, 2 and under
Free Scripps Oceanographic Society Members
Directions:From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive.
West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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