If you’re looking for something a little different to do this summer, take a stroll along the beautiful Scripps Pier – at night! A warm evening lit by a full moon is the perfect time to explore one of La Jolla’s most prominent and longstanding landmarks. Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, to experience this rare opportunity.
The Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, as many La Jollans know, is typically closed to the public; its mainly used by scientists, students, and aquarium staff for a variety of research projects, to collect local marine life, and launch oceanographic research equipment.
During these summertime moonlit walks along the entire 1,090-foot concrete pier, aquarium naturalists will teach participants about the structure’s history and guide them along as they dissect a squid, make marine organisms glow in the dark, collect plankton, observe ocean conditions, and study the nocturnal habits of marine life. A brief tour of the Scripps Oceanography campus is included later in the evening.
SEE ALSO: The Life of Ellen Browning Scripps
The original Scripps Pier, built between 1915-1916, was a 1,000-foot-long facility for acquiring clean seawater for the campus laboratories and the public aquarium; Ellen Browning Scripps provided all of the funds necessary for its construction. The structure was well built for its day, with reinforced concrete and wooden pilings and a wooden deck, although extensive repairs were made to it in 1926 and 1946.
Major concerns about the soundness of the old pier eventually led to its total replacement. The modern pier, which is 1,090 feet long, was built of reinforced concrete alongside the original pier, which was then removed.
Tours begin at 7pm. Here are the next few dates for the full moon walks:
Monday, July 18
Tuesday, July 19
Tuesday, August 16
Thursday, August 18
Cost: Members: $25, Public: $30. Pre-purchase is required, so be sure to call 858-534-7336 or register online.
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