Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, has long been an extraordinary venue for events. Guests—up to 1,500 can be accommodated—are able to explore ocean habitats and dive into the cutting-edge research being conducted to protect our planet while enjoying spectacular ocean views and first-rate catering. Now there’s another reason to consider the venue for an upcoming gathering: In the biggest addition to Birch Aquarium in 30 years, the Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins exhibit opened on July 12, 2022. The 2,900-square-foot addition will follow little blue penguins—beginning with 15—on their journey from hatchlings to adults. The space accommodates up to 100 guests for an intimate reception.