Birch Aquarium’s Mission is to provide ocean science education, interpret Scripps Oceanography research, and promote ocean conservation.

Birch Aquarium provides ocean science education through creative exhibits, programs, and activities designed to help visitors use critical thinking, and to make science relevant to their daily lives.

Birch Aquarium interprets Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study Earth, and inspiring public support of scientific endeavors.

Birch Aquarium promotes conservation through education and research, believing that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment.