Book a Beach Teach

Beach Teach: 2021-2022

Two-hour exploration with Birch Aquarium educators on the beach at the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve (La Jolla Shores).

Beach Teach programs are booked for the remainder of the school year. Please check back in August for opportunities in the 2022-2023 school year!

Know Before Your Beach Teach

What grades can participate?

Beach Teach programs are offered for students in grades 3-12. All Birch Aquarium programs are Next Generation Science Standard aligned.


Beach Teach programs are $12 per students — students in grades 3-12

Program Size & Capacity

To best serve your students, we require that your class size remains below the maximum number of students per program. Small classes are welcome, but please note that you are required to pay for the student minimum 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).

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 3-12: One chaperone per five students (1:5)
  • 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 (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.

Beach Teach Programs by Grade

Grades 3-5

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

Student min/max: 20 students minimum, 36 students maximum
Program Duration: 2-hour lesson 
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per five students (1:5)
Start Times: Varied

Grades 6-12


Student min/max: 20 students minimum, 36 students maximum
Program Duration: 2-hour lesson 
Chaperone Ratio: One chaperone per five students (1:5)
Start Times: Varied

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

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.