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Stephen Birch Aquarium
The Birch Aquarium is the public exploration center for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University California at San Diego. The Aquarium offers a full spectrum of sea life exhibits, gallery exhibits, annual expeditions to the Amazon, and interpretive dives where divers discuss the health and beauty of San Diego's ocean ecosystem. Exhibits include Earthquake! Life on a Restless Planet, Wonders of Water, and Tide-Pool Displays. There are extensive educational outreach programs, teacher workshops, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, and the Wyland Ocean Challenge. Online resources include Science Spotlight pages, Creature Feature education pages, and interactive games such as Seahorse Anatomy, Seahorse Environment, and Kelp Kitchen. The Perspectives on Ocean Science lecture series explores many of the research endeavors of the Scripps Institute, with many of the lectures available for free download in video form from the website.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • Portal:
    • Educational
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
  • Natural hazards
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Chemical oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
copyright 2006 UC Regents
DLESE Catalog ID: IEN-000-000-000-050
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Stephen Birch Aquarium