Birch Aquarium
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We connect your students to our ocean planet through your favorite Birch Aquarium programs- now in a virtual format. Students can meet and observe organisms, explore and analyze data about changing conditions in ocean habitats, or ask questions about aquarium careers and current conservation issues. Our programs are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

MARINE SCIENCE, HABITATS, AQUARIUMS
Animal Encounters: Rocky Seashore

Grades: Pre-K, ES, MS, HS

Website:

https://bit.ly/birch-virtual

 

Contact:

birchaquariumedu@ucsd.edu

Phone:

(858) 534-7336

Meet three animals that make the tide pools their home. Students practice their observation skills and learn about animal adaptations and how those structures and behaviors help them survive in their habitat. (Animal availability varies and may include organisms such as: hermit crab, shore crab, sea anemone, sea cucumber, turban snail, and two-spot octopus.)

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Animal Encounters: Kelp Forest

Grades: Pre-K, ES, MS, HS

Website:

https://bit.ly/birch-virtual

 

Contact:

birchaquariumedu@ucsd.edu

Phone:

(858) 534-7336

Observe three animals that make the kelp forest their home. Learn about their adaptations and how those structures and behaviors help them survive in their habitat. (Animal availability varies and may include organisms such as brittle stars, sea urchin, whelk, crab, horn or swell shark, etc.)

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Ask a Naturalist: Aquarium 101

Grades: K-2

Website:

https://bit.ly/birch-virtual

 

Contact:

birchaquariumedu@ucsd.edu

Phone:

(858) 534-7336

What is the biggest animal at the aquarium? Which animal moves the fastest? What is it like to work at an aquarium? During this question and answer session, students have the opportunity to ask an aquarium educator about our animals and aquarium careers. Teachers will have the opportunity to submit questions ahead of time.

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Ask a Naturalist: Stories Behind the Scenes

Grades: MS, HS

Website:

https://bit.ly/birch-virtual

 

Contact:

birchaquariumedu@ucsd.edu

Phone:

(858) 534-7336

During this question and answer session, engage with an aquarium naturalist to learn about animal husbandry and careers at the aquarium. Students dive deeper into our work and can ask their questions about our coral propagation, seahorse and seadragon breeding, and Research in Action projects during this program.

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Ask a Naturalist: Protecting Our Ocean Planet

Grades: MS, HS

Website:

https://bit.ly/birch-virtual

 

Contact:

birchaquariumedu@ucsd.edu

Phone:

(858) 534-7336

How do humans impact our ocean planet and how can we help? This program is your opportunity to ask our aquarium naturalists your questions about climate change, ocean acidification, and plastic pollution and learn about ways we can work together to help solve these challenges.

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Sensational Sharks

Grades: 4

Website:

https://bit.ly/birch-virtual

 

Contact:

birchaquariumedu@ucsd.edu

Phone:

(858) 534-7336

Discover the body structures that have helped sharks thrive in the ocean for millions of years. Students will explore data from local scientists to understand how these adaptations can impact shark behavior.

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Shark Science

Grades: 6,7

Website:

https://bit.ly/birch-virtual

 

Contact:

birchaquariumedu@ucsd.edu

Phone:

(858) 534-7336

For over 50 years, San Diego locals have observed the phenomenon of large numbers of leopard sharks gathering off of La Jolla. Students become scientists, as they explore this phenomenon and understand why sharks are our yearly visitors.

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