Wednesday, May 18, 2011

'SEA Days' at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Celebrate 'SEA Days' at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego

Experience Science, Exploration and Adventure for all ages this summer at
Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

SEA Days features multi-generational learning about cutting-edge research at
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Monthly events focus on
current ocean topics with hands-on exploration, special activities and a
chance to interact with Scripps Oceanography scientists.

SEA Days also provides an ideal venue for students, scouts and others to
meet requirements for "Interview a Scientist" or career-day projects.

Programs are included with aquarium admission and take place from 11 a.m. ­
3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Join us for these dynamic
opportunities to explore the ocean!

Saturday, June 18
Fish Diversity

We're continuing our celebration of World Ocean Day (June 8). Learn about
the diversity of fishes with hands-on activities, meet scientists who study
fishes and make a recycled fish craft to take home.

Extended Shark Edition!
Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17
Sharks around the Globe

Get up close to one of the ocean's most amazing predators. Meet local
sharks. Learn why these animals are misunderstood during engaging
presentations in the Education classrooms. Shark-themed activities and
exhibits help reveal that sharks are vulnerable and critical members of
ocean habitats. See what it takes for a baby leopard shark to grow up.
Discover how sharks use their teeth the way we use utensils and learn about
the latest shark research from Scripps scientists.

Saturday, August 20
Boundless Energy

Get charged up about the future of energy at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
Celebrate the aquarium's newest exhibit, Boundless Energy (opening July 9).
Explore different renewable energy sources and decide how you would choose
to power the future. Meet scientists studying renewable energy solutions.
Young adventurers can explore hands-on exhibits, make a craft and listen to
story time.

Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Phone: 858-534-FISH
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Directions: From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive. West one
mile. Left on Expedition Way.
Parking: Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

World Ocean Day Celebration:

World Ocean Day Celebration:
Name a New Species of Deep-Sea Worms Discovered by Scripps Oceanography

Celebrate World Ocean Day by helping Birch Aquarium at Scripps and
researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, name two
new species of deep-sea worms. One name will be selected from the public at
large and another will be chosen from a K-12 school.

Suggestions can be submitted through May 25 on Birch Aquarium's website,, or at the aquarium during its monthly SEA Days event on
May 21. Scientists from the Scripps Marine Invertebrate Phylogenetics Lab,
which identified the new species, will select three finalists for each worm.

Scripps scientists, in association with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research
Institute, discovered the worms living upon whale carcasses that had fallen
to the ocean floor off Monterey, Calif. These "whale falls" spawn unique
communities of marine animals that can feed off the carcass for decades. The
worms, which measure only a few centimeters in length, are part of the
family Hesionidae. Only 10 hesionids have been described from the deep sea,
and only one has been described from a whale fall. In total, Scripps
scientists discovered six new species of worms on whale falls.

For more information about the new deep-sea worms, and to submit a suggested
name, visit

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Mothers Day 2012 Top Ten Things To Do

Mothers Day is May 13 this year and there are plenty of things to do other than waiting in a long line for brunch. This year do something really special for mom and take her for a day trip. Nothing will please mother more than spending the day with family and friends. Here are are top ten picks for things to do on Mothers Day 2012.

1. Keys Creek Lavender Farm in north San Diego County is a wonderful place to visit with mom. Fields of lavender greet visitors to this wonderful place. Take a self guided tour, browse hundreds of lavender related products at the lavender store and on your return trip stop by Pala Casino for lunch.
More information Keys Creek Lavender Farm.

2. Balboa Park San Diego is perfect for a Mothers Day outing. There is a near endless collection of interesting attractions, 15 museums and the world famous San Diego Zoo. With so many attractions Balboa Park should be on top of your Mothers day destinations list. More information Balboa Park San Diego.

3. Carlsbad Flower Fields are another place mom is sure to enjoy. Located minutes from Legoland and next door to Carlsbad Outlet Mall there is more than enough things to do to keep mom busy all day long. Entrance fee to the flower fields is ten dollars, follow the information link and we will show you how to view the Carlsbad Flower fields for free. More information Carlsbad Flower Fields.

4. Temecula Wine Country has over 30 wineries and many of them are hosting Mothers Day events. With so many wineries concentrated in the valley there is no way to visit them all in one day. Plan on visiting two or three wineries and then head to Old Town Temecular for lunch or dinner. Another option for dining is Pechanga Resort & Casino only a few miles from wineries. More information Temecula Wine country

5. Mission San Juan Capistrano has beautiful gardens, historic treasures and is surrounded by downtown San Juan Capistrano. Take a morning tour of the Mission and then dine at one of the many nearby restaurants. Our top pick for dining is the El Adobe where they have a special dish named after President Nixon, El Presidente special. More information Mission San Juan Capistrano.

6. Irvine Park. If you are looking for an inexpensive place to take mom on Mothers Day Irvine Regional Park is for you. Activities at the park include the Irvine Park Railroad, Orange County Zoo, paddle boat rentals, bike rentals and a fishing lake. Arrive early and pick out a shady spot for a Mothers day picnic. More information Irvine Regional Park.

7. Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach. This year the aquarium is not offering brunch however there are numerous restaurants withing walking distance of the aquarium including Dave's Famous Barbecue and Gladstone's Seafood. Tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific are affordable making this trip perfect for families. More information and discount tickets Aquarium of the Pacific.

8. Griffith Observatory is a wonderful place anytime of the year. With free parking and free admission the Griffith Observatory is perfect for families on a tight budget. Be sure to get a picture of mom and family with the Hollywood sign in the background. Griffith Park is also home to the Los Angeles Zoo, two train rides, museums and hiking and biking trails. More information Griffith Observatory.

9. Santa Barbara Zoo is one of the best zoo's in Southern California. Covering 30 acres of prime Santa Barbara ocean view land, and over 500 animals the Santa Barbara Zoo is a wonderful place to spend the day. Santa Barbara offers countless places to dine, beaches, shopping and numerous attractions. What better place to spend the day with Mother than Santa Barbara. More information Santa Barbara Zoo.

10. Rounding out our top lits of things to do on Mothers Day is Cornell Winery in the Santa Monica Mountains. Enjoy lunch at the Old Place dinner, taste wine from local vineyards and explore the sites along the "The Three Magical Miles" of Mulholland Highway. Reservations may be required as seating is limited at the Old Place. More information Cornell Winery.

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