Virtual Activities

Birch Aquarium offers a virtual programming for people of all ages and interests: 

For Parents

Virtual After School Series: Based on the high demand for our virtual summer camp program, we are excited to announce the launch of our new virtual after school series program in October 2020! Our new, multi series will be offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring for grades K-5. Two ocean educators will build upon kid’s curiosity, allowing them to join other learners as we explore ocean science in interactive and fun ways. Topics range from discovering ocean habitats and creatures to designing ocean engineering solutions. Learn more about our Virtual After School Series here. 

Virtual Camps: (Information Coming Soon)

For Teachers

Virtual Youth and School Group Programs: Birch Aquarium connects your students to our ocean planet through your favorite Birch Aquarium programs- now in a virtual format. Students can meet and observe organisms, explore and analyze data about changing conditions in ocean habitats, or ask questions about aquarium careers and current conservation issues.  Our programs are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Learn more about Virtual Youth and School Group Programs here. 

For Families 

Activities for All Ages: Enjoy, explore, and create with Birch Aquarium. Visit this page for a variety of fun activities you can do at home. From coloring pages (for kids and adults) to at-home science experiments and crafts, there is sure to be something fun for everyone. 

The KelpCam: Dive below the waves with the Kelp Cam! Explore the Southern California Kelp Forest exhibit at Birch Aquarium and see how many local species you can spot! Check out Leopard Sharks, Garibaldi, Moray Eels, and our largest fish, the endangered Giant Black Sea Bass. Visit the Kelp Cam.  

Seadragon Cam: Our Husbandry Team is known around the globe for their work with seadragons and seahorses and Birch Aquarium is one of the few aquariums to have ever bred Weedy Seadragons in captivity. Watch as our Weedy Seadragons — including the two babies that were born and bred at Birch — use camouflage to avoid predators. How many do you see hiding in the seaweed? Visit the Seadragon Cam. 

For Adults 

Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series: Birch Aquarium's renowned lecture series is going virtual with engaging presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Scripps scientists are exploring Earth’s mysteries in hundreds of research projects under way on every continent. Learn about science at Scripps and join researchers on their paths to discovery. Learn more about the series and see upcoming lectures here. 

For Private and Corporate Groups

Unique Virtual Experiences: Birch Aquarium at Scripps provides a variety of curated private experiences that educate and engage while creating memorable connections between people and animals. From virtual animal encounters to behind-the-scenes tours, these programs will offer your guests the opportunity to observe, interact and inquire about the ocean with an expert aquarium educator. Suitable for audiences of all ages, these experiences will surely delight and entertain any group. Learn more about Unique Virtual Experiences here