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Guests Explore a labyrinth of cyanotype-printed giant kelp by photo-based artist and marine scientist Oriana Poindexter

Hold Fast Immersive Art Exhibition Now Open at Birch Aquarium

Hold Fast connects local kelp forests and climate change through the intersection of science and art.

Scripps Pier

Lecture Series Highlighting Climate Change Research Reopens to Public

Birch Aquarium is hosting a conversational series based on Scripps Oceanography science told through diverse perspectives.

Giant Clams

Caring for Confiscated Clams

Birch Aquarium is home to more than 45 confiscated Giant Clams thanks to a newly launched network that combats wildlife trafficking.

A group of people explore local tide pools.

Let the Tidepooling Adventures Begin!

Tickets for Birch Aquarium’s Tidepooling Adventures go on sale Dec. 15.

Oriana Poindexter, Giant Kelp Study 16, Windansea Beach, February 11, 2022

New Art Exhibition to Take Hold at Birch Aquarium

Hold Fast, an immersive art exhibition, explores local kelp forests and climate change through the lens of three local scientists and artists.

Birch Aquarium and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club unveil the new La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Potbelly Seahorse Habitat.

Birch Aquarium Celebrates $150k Gift from La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club with the naming of its Potbelly Seahorse Habitat

The generous gift launches a strategic partnership between two iconic La Jolla institutions.

Melissa Torres from Birch Aquarium at Scripps and Margarita Upton from Steinhart Aquarium at California Academy of Sciences carefully administer a spawn-inducing hormone into a Sunflower Star at Birch Aquarium.

Star studded team successfully spawns three Sunflower Sea Stars at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Hope is on the horizon for the critically endangered Sunflower Sea Star thanks to a groundbreaking collaborative effort among accredited aquariums and zoos and research laboratories.

A leopard sharks swims in the Giant Kelp Forest at Birch Aquarium.

Zoos and Aquariums Join Forces to Advance Global Goals to Protect Wildlife and Wild Places Across the World

With the Power of Millions Behind Us: We Are Resolved to Halt and Reverse the World’s Catastrophic Decline in Biodiversity

A kid stands in front of a Moon Jelly habitat wearing a glowing skeleton costume.

Halloween Aglow to Light Up Birch Aquarium

New family-friendly Halloween event explores the wonders of the ocean after dark.

A group of guests stands in front of Birch Aquarium's Giant Kelp Forest.

Banner Year for Birch Aquarium

Aquarium closes out its 30th year “on the Hill” with record attendance, record scholarships and a prestigious AZA Award.

A group gathers for a Pier Walk.

Sunset Pier Walks Return to Birch Aquarium

The Scripps Pier, which is usually closed to the public, will open for tours with Birch Aquarium naturalists.

Students look at the Pacific Ocean over the railing of Scripps Pier.

Birch Aquarium Reports Record Scholarship Year

The aquarium distributed more than $375,000 in scholarships to 22,000+ Pre-K-12 students this school year

Students gather plankton samples for analysis with downtown San Diego buildings in the background.

Local Students Experience On-the-Water Field Trip in Seaport Climate Science Program

Educators from Birch Aquarium and San Diego Unified Lead Pilot Program To Inform Design of Future Seaport Learning Center

A rainbow shines over Scripps Pier as seen from Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Get Ready to Party: Birch Aquarium Celebrates Earth Day with Fun, Family-Friendly Event

Enjoy live music, a community art project and science stations on April 22-23 and 29-30!

Amber seadragon against dark background with tiny seadragons swimming around.

Birch Aquarium Welcomes Baby Weedy Seadragons

More than 70 seadragons are thriving behind the scenes

Yellow seadragon with purple accents floats in an aquarium.

Birch Aquarium Announces Pregnant Weedy Seadragon

A rare egg transfer was made last night, marking the first time eggs have been transferred in the Seadragons & Seahorses habitat.

Dignitaries cut a ribbon to mark the opening of Beyster Little Blue Penguins.

Little Blue Penguins Make San Diego Debut at Birch Aquarium

Made possible with philanthropic support from the Beyster Family, the new exhibit brings the world’s smallest penguins to the West Coast for the first time.

Bulbous Pacific footballfish on display in a clear container at Birch Aquarium.

A Pacific Footballfish Touches Down at Birch Aquarium!

This deep-sea specimen will be on display at the aquarium from Mar. 25 to Apr. 24, 2022.

Little blue penguins announcement image

We Have Big News and It’s Little!

Birch Aquarium will open Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins next summer.

Charles Hopper

Birch Aquarium Welcomes New COO, Charles Hopper

The former senior manager of business operations for the Seattle Aquarium will help lead Birch Aquarium into the future.