Celebrate World Oceans Day at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

World Oceans Day Celebration

June 8: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

It’s time to celebrate our big blue ocean!

Celebrate this year’s World Oceans Day with the fishes and Dr. Seuss! This year's theme features Dr. Seuss’ classic One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and we're celebrating special activities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Explore the aquarium in Seussian style as you spot fish with zany names and odd shapes. Learn about fish diversity as you peer through microscopes, touch shark skin and observe swimming fish.  Enjoy a fishy scavenger hunt and story times throughout the day. 

Daily Activities

  • Scavenger hunt
  • Ocean crafts
  • Fish diversity interactions
  • Touch real shark skin
  • Story Times at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

All activities are included with paid aquarium admission.


Still feel like celebrating? Honor the ocean all month long with a series of special events at Birch Aquarium at Scripps designed to raise awareness of our ocean.


Jeffrey B. Graham

Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture

Monday, June 10: 6:30-8 p.m.

The Future of Human Space Flight

Charlie Kennel, Former director of Scripps Institution of Cceanography

Charlie Kennel was a member of the presidential panel that restructured NASA's human space flight program in 2009. Now chair of the National Academy's Space Science Board, Kennel will review what NASA's space program has accomplished, what it is doing now, and what the future holds for human space exploration.RSVP: 858-534-7336 or online. Public: $8

SEA Days: Crazy for Coral

Saturday, June 15: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Discover Science, Exploration, & Adventure. Dive in for a day of family-friendly fun as we explore the world of coral reefs. Meet a researcher from Scripps Oceanography who studies these diverse organisms. Enjoy hands-on activities, scientific exploration, and crafts for all ages. Included with admission. More info about SEA Days.


Summer Learning Adventure Camps

Camps begin June 24

Get charged From the classroom to the seashore, our accredited camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun and learning. Campers ages 4-15 investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in oceanography, combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling and more, all while making new friends and memories. Camps run through August 23. View programs and register online.