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Beach Teach

Join Birch Aquarium educators for a 2 hour exploration at the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve (La Jolla Shores).

Pricing and Program Size

What grades can participate?

Beach Teach programs are offered for students in grades 4-12. All Birch Aquarium programs are Next Generation Science Standard aligned.


$500 per 2 hour program. Same day aquarium admission included.

Program Size

To best serve your students, we require that your class size remains below the maximum number of students per program.

Due to the sensitive nature of the marine protected area, we can only accommodate chaperones within our ratio of one (1) chaperone to five (5) students, with a maximum of 44 total participants (students, teachers, and parents).

Program Policies 

Please review our complete program information and policies before booking your program.

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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.

  • Grades 4-12: One chaperone per five students (1:5)
  • All aides and nurses are free during field trips.
COVID-19 Policy

All Birch Aquarium staff must be in compliance with UC San Diego’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, in addition to conducting a daily self-screening for symptoms.


How to Register for a Beach Teach

Reservations can be made online, by phone at 858-534-7336, or by email.
Reservations are required four (4) 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. Program availability subject to tides and weather.

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Payment Options

We accept credit card, check, or purchase orders.

Beach Teach Programs by Grade

Grades 4-5

Tidepooling NEW*

Student max: 36 students
Program Duration: 2-hour lesson 
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per five students (1:5)
Start Times: Varied

While exploring local tide pools, students discover what factors affect this habitat and the adaptations of animals that live there. Students learn what makes a healthy tide pool habitat and why this ecosystem is so important.

NGSS Alignment:

  • DCI: (Gr. 4) LS1.A: Structure and Function, (Gr. 5) LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, (Gr. 5) ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • CCC: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and Systems Models
  • SEP: Analyze and Interpret Data, Obtaining, Evaluation, and Communicating Information, Engaging in Argument from Evidence

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Grades 6-12


Student max: 36 students
Program Duration: 2-hour lesson 
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per five students (1:5)
Start Times: Varied

Like local scientists, students survey a tide pool to learn more about patterns within this ecosystem. Students collect and analyze data about biodiversity and biomass to better understand this changing habitat.

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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