Experience a tidepooling excursion with aquarium naturalists.

San Diego Tidepooling Adventures 


Visit a local tide pool to learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive "between a rock and a hard place." This is the optimal season for tidepooling is November - March when minus tides reveal wider beaches and tide pools teeming with life. During those months, you can sign up for a Tidepooling Adventure where our trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and help you discover the wonderful world of tide pools. Ages 2+. Ages 2-13 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

(Note: Tidepooling programs do NOT meet at Birch Aquarium. Dike Rock is just north of the Scripps Pier. False Point is in the Bird Rock area of La Jolla.)

Tidepooling Adventures are currently waitlist-only. Check back in late 2015 for next season's dates!
Interested in exploring tide pools on your own? Check out these safety tips on our blog.

January 4: 2–4 p.m.,
Dike Rock

January 18: 1–3 p.m., False Point
January 19: 2–4 p.m., Dike Rock
January 31: 1–3 p.m., Dike Rock
February 1: 1:30–3:30 p.m., Dike Rock
February 15: 12–2 p.m., Dike Rock


Visiting in the off season? Plan your own adventure by checking out local tide charts!

Contact us through e-mail at birchaquariumprograms@ucsd.edu or by calling 858-534-7336.

Visiting a local tide pool? Check out NOAA's Ocean Etiquette guide. 



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