Celebrate the leopard shark and other local marine life during SHARK SUMMER at Birch Aquarium.

#ILoveSharks at Birch Aquarium

June 27 - August 19

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Activities, presentations, and exhibits help reveal that sharks are vulnerable and critical members of ocean habitats. Learn the latest in shark research, discover the fascinating lives of our local sharks, and get hands-on with shark teeth, skin, and other artifacts.



Onsite Programs

Included with admission

Have you ever had a shark encounter? Here's your opportunity to meet and touch some of our local sharks. Shark-themed activities led by aquarium naturalists and high school summer interns will reveal that sharks are vulnerable and critical members of ocean habitats. See what it takes for a baby leopard shark to grow up, discover how sharks use their teeth the way we use utensils, and learn about the latest shark research from Scripps scientists.

Onsite Programs

Shark Activity Stations
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Shark Feeding Presentation at ElasmoBeach
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Shark Encounter Talk & Touch
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Shark Stories/Meet & Greet

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.

Shark Encounter Talk & Touch
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.

Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks

July 9, 17, 30 ; August 14, 27, 28; September 9, 11, 18: 8-10 a.m.
Members: $25, Public: $30

Join aquarium naturalists and visit leopard sharks in their underwater home off the La Jolla coast. Pick up snorkel tips as you discover the abundant variety of animals that live among the kelp, sandy bottom, and rocks. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear. Ages 10 + (Ages 10-17 must also be accompanied by a paid adult). Pre-purchase required.


SEA Days
included with admission

Shark and Ray Day
July 16: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Included with admission

Discover Science, Exploration, & Adventure. Did you know that there are hundreds of species of sharks that swim the world's oceans? Meet local Scripps Oceanography researchers studying sharks and rays and learn what you can do to protect these important predators.

Summer Camp: Shark Encounters

For grades 4-6 July 11-25, July 25-29,  Aug. 3-7 and Aug. 22-26 
Members: $249 Public: $279 per week

Locations: Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla Shores
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.Participants must provide their own snorkel gear and transportation to and from each day's location. Intermediate swimming ability is required - campers must be able to swim 50 yards, tread water for one minute, and float motionless in deep water.

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