You and your guest are invited to enjoy a fun and exciting evening at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla on November 7, 2009. The Birch Aquarium at Scripps sits atop a picturesque bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Scripps Oceanography campus. The aquarium is designed around a central lobby with entrances to main interpretive areas:
- Hall of Fishes, featuring about 60 tanks of Pacific fishes and invertebrates; the largest habitat is a 70,000-gallon kelp forest.
- Scripps Explorers Gallery, showcasing cutting-edge discoveries of Scripps explorers in climate, earth, and ocean sciences through interactive exhibits.
- Preuss Tide Pool Plaza, overlooking the Pacific Ocean with three living tide pools for hands-on discovery.
- Smargon Courtyard, overlooking coastal bluffs and includes a 13,000-gallon shark reef tank and Wonders of Water exhibit stations.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is also an aquarium without walls where visitors enjoy strong exhibit and education programs based on the foundation of scientific expertise at the research institution. The aquarium disseminates these programs locally and throughout the nation through publications, curricula, multimedia presentations, traveling exhibits, educational initiatives, outreach programs, and teacher training designed to stimulate curiosity and critical thinking about the natural world. The Birch Aquarium remains one of San Diego's top cultural destinations.
(There is a $50 fee per guest. This covers dinner and transportation)