At Birch Aquarium at Scripps, we connect understanding to protecting our ocean planet.


Our Values:
Engage, Inspire, Empower

We engage people in active exploration, inspiring awe, curiosity, wonder, love for nature and diversity of life, and hope for the future. We inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to ask questions and explore with Scripps Oceanography scientists at the frontiers of discovery. We empower action for a healthy planet.

Community and Collaboration 

We celebrate our unique place, our history, our present and future within world-class Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego, and our dynamic and diverse region. We work with colleagues, partners, and communities with integrity and a spirit of inclusiveness, striving for mission impact.


We build and maintain an organization that is both financially and environmentally sustainable. We channel all net revenue toward mission impact, with our mission focused on local and global sustainability.

Innovation and Play

We push beyond current practices to achieve greater impact. We commit to excellence, creative exploration, research, and continuous learning. We explore and play with phenomena, nature, science, art, and technology. We embrace play, social learning, the wow of reality and the power of imagination.