The Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, usually closed to the public, will be open for moon-lit walks this summer on July 15 and August 15.
During these walks, which will cover the entire 1,090-foot concrete pier, aquarium naturalists will teach participants about the structure’s history, and guide them 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 tour of the Scripps Oceanography campus is included, as is a special souvenir.
The pier is used by scientists, students and aquarium staff for a variety of research projects. It also serves as a platform to collect local marine life and deploy small boats and oceanographic instruments.
The Full-Moon Walk on Scripps Pier is open to ages 9 and up. Fee is $20 for adults and $17 for children under 18. Reservations are required at (858) 534-7336.