Book a Beach Teach

Meet us at the Beach

Two-hour exploration with Birch Aquarium educators on the beach at the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve (La Jolla Shores). Offered September through Juneselect dates only—and programs subject to tides and weather. 

Classes by Grade

Grades 1-2   Grades 3-5  Grades 6-12 

Pricing 

Grades 1-12: $13/student
Aquarium admission (same day): $6/student

Beach Teaches meet at La Jolla Shores. Add-on aquarium admission for the same day of your Beach Teach for $6/student. Chaperones within the recommended ratios are free. Additional chaperones are $16 each.

Chaperone Policy and Ratios

All teachers, staff, and parents are categorized as chaperones. Chaperones are required for the purpose of supervising students. Chaperones within the recommended ratios will be given free admission. Extra Chaperones are $16 each.

Grades 1-12: One chaperone per five students (1:5)
Note: All aides and nurses are free during field trips.

How To Register

Reservations can be made online, by phone at 858-534-7336, or by email.
Reservations are required four weeks in advance and are on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that you register as soon as possible to ensure a visit on the date of your choice.

School Programs Brochure

Our School Programs Brochure provides information about classes at the aquarium, classes at the beach, aquarium express outreaches, and features a poster for your classroom. 

Download 2018-19 School Programs Brochure


Grades 1-2

Student min/max: 20 students minimum, 32 students maximum
Program Duration: 2-hour lesson 
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per five students (1:5)
Start Times: Varied

Shore Exploration

Come explore a local shore habitat! Students will become familiar with life where the ocean touches the land and properties of the beach.
NGSS Alignment: 
DCI: LS1.A: Structure and Function, LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
CCC: Structure and Function, Stability and Change
SEP: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Our Registration period will begin August 27, 2018.

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Grades 3-5

Student min/max: 20 students minimum, 32 students maximum
Program Duration: 2-hour lesson 
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per five students (1:5)
Start Times: Varied

Beach Investigation

Visit and explore a Marine Protected Area. Students discover the secrets of a sandy beach habitat to learn more about seaweed, sand, local animals and their adaptations.
NGSS Alignment: 
DCI: LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans, LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
CCC: Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models
SEP: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Our Registration period will begin August 27, 2018.

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Grades 6-12

Student min/max: 20 students minimum, 32 students maximum
Program Duration: 2-hour lesson 
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per five students (1:5)
Start Times: Varied

Tidepooling

Students survey a tide pool to learn more about this unique ecosystem and the organisms that call it home. While exploring a local tide pool, students collect and analyze about the biodiversity of this local wonder.
NGSS Alignment: 
DCI: LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships, LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, ESS3.A: Human Impacts, ETS1.B: Developing Solutions
CCC: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Stability and Change 
SEP: Using Mathematics, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Argument from Evidence

Our Registration period will begin August 27, 2018.

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Thank you to our Education Donors! With their continued support, Birch Aquarium is able to promote ocean literacy in the classroom and in the field.