Tidepooling Adventures Return to Birch Aquarium
From octopuses to sea stars, hermit crabs, and sea anemones, there is no shortage of life in San Diego’s tide pools. With the return of Tidepooling Adventures on January 20, nature lovers will have the opportunity to explore local tide pools with a naturalist from Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
During the 90-minute outing, discover incredible animals that live in the intertidal zone, the rocky area that is exposed during low tide. You’ll learn to safely navigate slippery rocks and spot the most elusive creatures in this rugged environment.
“Winter is the ideal time for exploring tide pools,” said Cari Paulenich, who leads outdoor programming for Birch Aquarium. “Tidepooling is a great outdoor activity that allows us to observe amazing animals in their homes.”
Our local tide pools are home to an amazing variety of animals, including snails, mussels, urchins, sea stars, small fish, and octopus.
“Tide pools can be found in many coastal areas of California, including in our local marine protected areas (MPAs). We want to encourage all visitors to tidepools to be ocean stewards and help protect these spaces,” said Paulenich. “Through responsible tidepooling practices, our exploration of these barnacle-covered rocks and piles of seaweed brings a whole new appreciation for this rugged habitat,” she continued.
Tickets for Tidepooling Adventures go on sale Friday, December 15, and make a great experience gift this holiday season!
See you there!
The weekend excursions begin on January 20 and run on select Saturdays and Sundays through March. Dates and times vary based on tides. Tickets are $20 for aquarium members and $25 for the general public. Advanced reservations are required.
Participants must be at least three years old, and minors must be accompanied by a paid adult. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit here.
See you there, San Diego!