Thursday, April 2, 2009
Explore the Seashore through New Coast Walks with Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Unique activity for birthdays, business retreats and community organizations
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoExplore one of the world's most diverse intersections of land and sea during new Coast Walks offered for groups through Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.
Trained aquarium naturalists will guide groups of 15 or more on a journey along the breathtaking La Jolla coastline. Enjoy invigorating salt air and admire dramatic settings while learning about local beaches and their history, marine life, birds, plants and geological formations. The guided tour is 90 minutes long, and the walk does not exceed two miles.
The La Jolla coastline and the Scripps Oceanography Pier.
This program is designed for larger groups looking for a unique way to learn more about the ocean. Birch Aquarium's Coast Walks are perfect activities for birthday celebrations, business retreats, senior groups and community organizations.
Coast Walks cost $15 per person, or $21 per person if paired with a visit to Birch Aquarium at Scripps (a $5 savings off the regular admission price). Groups cannot exceed 50 people.
For more information or to book a group tour, call Group Sales at 858-534-6691 or visit Birch Aquarium Group Tours.
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 the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, Earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium welcomes an annual attendance of more than 400,000, including 45,000 school children.
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Directions: From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive. West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.
Parking: Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.
$11 Adult, 18+
$9 Senior, 60+
$7.50 Youth, 3-17
Free Children, 2 and under
Free Scripps Oceanographic Society Members
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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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