The mission of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps is
We provide ocean science education through interactive exhibits, programs, and activities. These are designed to help visitors use their critical thinking skills and learn how science is relevant to their daily lives.
We interpret Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study Earth. We strive to inspire public support of scientific endeavors.
We promote conservation through education and research, believing that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment.