Get ready to rock-hop along the San Diego coastline with Birch Aquarium's Tidepooling Adventures, set to launch this January for all sea life enthusiasts. According to the aquarium's recent announcement, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego invites the public to join a naturalist on a guided exploration of some of the most dynamic marine ecosystems around.
Starting January 20, these 90-minute excursions promise to be an up-close encounter with creatures like sea stars and octopuses. Dive into intertidal life, where you'll learn to maneuver through slippery slopes to spot critters thriving in the nooks of the Pacific's rocky shores. "Winter is the ideal time for exploring tide pools,” explained Cari Paulenich, who spearheads outdoor programming for Birch Aquarium, in a statement obtained by the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
San Diego's local tide pools boast an eye-opening assortment of marine wildlife, including snails, mussels, and urchins. Paulenich emphasizes the importance of protecting these habitats, urging visitors to uphold ocean stewardship during their visits. "Tide pools can be found in many coastal areas of California, including in our local marine protected areas (MPAs)," she told Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
An essential part of the experience, responsible tidepooling practices help foster an appreciation for these delicate ecosystems. Tickets for those looking to gift an aquatic adventure this holiday season will be available starting Friday, December 15. Beachgoers can book their spots for weekend dates, running select Saturdays and Sundays until March, with the schedule hinging on the tides. Prices are $20 for aquarium members and $25 for the general public, with advanced reservations required. Head over to the official Tidepooling Adventures page for more juicy details.
Little explorers as young as three are welcome to join, but minors need a paying adult. Don't miss out on the chance to slip into San Diego's seaside rock gardens and emerge with a mind brimming with maritime marvels.