Teachers participating in a MARE workshop.

Educator Professional Development


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The Aquarium is proud to promote NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, which encourages educators and students to become personally involved in its voyages and discoveries. These workshops focus on the first volume of the Education Materials Collection Why Do We Explore? (reasons for ocean exploration) and How Do We Explore? (methods and associated technologies). Participants receive many curricula and classroom resources. To learn more about the NOAA workshops and resources visit their website.
Workshop: Why Do We Explore?
Date: October 4, 2014
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB)
High school teachers—gather your most interested science students and join Birch Aquarium at Scripps for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl regional Grunion Bowl competition. The competition takes place in late February, with the first place team from our Grunion Bowl competition advancing to the national competition in April.

For more information on the competition or advice about how to assemble a team, please visit the aquarium's NOSB page; the Consortium for Ocean Leadership website, nosb.org; or call the aquarium’s NOSB Regional Coordinator at 858- 534-8401.


Discover MARE: Marine Activities, Resources, and Education

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the premier Southern California MARE center, providing teachers and schools with science education programs, professional development opportunities, and whole-school Ocean Immersion planning. Developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science, MARE is used in more than 800 elementary and middle schools throughout the United States, Mexico, and Japan, providing challenging professional development base on the most current scientific and educational research. MARE instructors can provide whole-school orientations, help organize an Ocean Week, coach teachers in marine science content, and/or teach day-long single-session habitat workshops that are theme and grade specific. If you would like to introduce MARE to your school, please call the Birch Aquarium Programs Coordinator at 858-822-5331.


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