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). Select dates only, program subject to tides and weather. 

Classes by Grade

Grades 1-2   Grades 3-5  Grades 6-12 

Pricing 

September - June: Grades 1-12: $12.50/student
Beach Teaches meet at La Jolla Shores. Same-day aquarium admission add-on is $6/student.
Free attendance is provided to chaperones that fall within our recommended ratios for each grade level. Additional chaperones over the allotted amount are $15.50 per person.

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 $15.50 each, and this admission can be purchased from the Visitor Services Office.

Grades 1-2: One chaperone per four students (1:4)
Grades 3-12: 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 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 four students (1:4)
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

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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 four students (1:4)
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

Tidepooling

Come explore a local tide pool! Students will learn about life on the rocky shore and the special adaptations animals have to survive in this harsh environment.
NGSS Alignment: 
DCI: LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior, LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
CCC: Structure and Function, Cause and Effect
SEP: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

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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

Beach Investigation 

By exploring a local marine reserve in La Jolla, students will discover the interconnectedness of a marine system. Hands-on exploration and data collection allow students to generate an answer to a question using scientific processes.
NGSS Alignment: 
DCI: LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior, ETS1.B: Developing Solutions
CCC: Cause and Effect, Stability and Change 
SEP: Using Mathematics, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Argument from Evidence

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

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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.