Birch Aquarium School Scholarships

from February 1 to March 31

Thanks to the generosity of donors — including Price Philanthropies, The Pincus Family Foundation and the Illumina Corporate Foundation — Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is offering 600 free virtual programs to local schools in need this year.

In response to the K-12 loss of learning created by recent school closures, Birch Aquarium’s Education Team adapted their Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned Discovery Lab programs into new 30-and 45-minute virtual opportunities for Pre-K through grade 12 students. These Virtual School Group Programs are led by aquarium instructors and are designed to be exploratory and engaging, as they encourage students to ask questions and virtually interact with ocean creatures.

Scholarships for free virtual programs are available for Southern California schools in need through an online application. Title 1 schools located in City Heights and surrounding areas of San Diego County are also eligible for funding through the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund, an endowment established in 2015 to increase access to hands-on ocean science education for Title 1 schools.

Registration is now open for Virtual School Group Programs for the 2020/2021 school year. More information on scholarships, as well as the scholarship application and instructions for booking programs can be found online here. For more information, email birchaquariumprograms@ucsd.edu or call 858-534-7336.

Scholarships are also available for Birch Aquarium’s Virtual After School Series for individual students. The 6-week multi series is geared for kindergarten through grade 5 students and aims to provide those caring for kids at home with fun and educational experiences to bridge the gap between school and dinner time. Topics and themes will switch seasonally and build upon kids’ curiosity, allowing them to join others in their age group to explore ocean science in novel ways. Registration is currently open for the Winter session series which kicks off January 25. In addition, the spring session series begins April 12 and registration will open in February.

Day Date Hours
Saturday 06 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 07 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday 08 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday 09 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday 10 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday 11 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday 12 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 13 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 14 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday 15 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday 16 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday 17 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday 18 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday 19 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 20 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 21 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday 22 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday 23 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday 24 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday 25 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday 26 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 27 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 28 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday 29 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday 30 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday 31 Mar 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM