Learn about some of their most notable institutions, or better yet, consider a trip to San Diego to visit them yourself!
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography is a research institute focused on environmental conservation and the preservation of aquatic life. It features its own fleet of research vessels and state-of-the-art facilities for both marine biology and earth science, as well as a well-trained staff of Scripps employees and volunteers alike.
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla makes it easy and fun to learn about the different fish and other sea creatures just off the coast of California, in a way that the whole family can enjoy. There are dozens of tank exhibits and feeding shows, all of which are held with the goal of raising awareness for conservation efforts.
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The Children’s Pool
The Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla was originally funded by Ellen Scripps. She oversaw the construction of a concrete breakwater surrounding the cove so kids had a safe place to swim without fearing the waves and currents.
Though the breakwater has worn away over the years, The Children’s Pool remains a popular tourist destination thanks to the many seals that make the area their sunbathing and spawning ground.
Ellen Browning Scripps Park
Previously named La Jolla Park and La Jolla Shoreline Park, this lovely area was dedicated to Ellen Scripps in 1927. The Ellen Browning Scripps Park is a seaside park in between The Children’s Pool and La Jolla Cove.
You can picnic or enjoy fun activities like Frisbee on the wide, grassy stretch, or head down to the coastline and walk along the waterfront. It’s also routinely used as a wedding venue.
Scripps College is a liberal arts school in Claremont, California. It is a private women’s college that dates all the way back to 1926, making it a significant early avenue for women to get a college education. It remains just one of 42 women’s colleges in the United States.
The Bishop’s School
The Bishop’s School in La Jolla is a small college-preparatory day school. There are just 800 students, with attendees ranging from grades six to twelve. Since its founding in 1909, it has assisted students in preparing and applying for college and university.
The school focuses on moral and ethical development as well, with teachings in line with its Episcopal background. Ellen Scripps donated the land and money necessary for the college to open over 100 years ago along with co-founder Eliza Virginia Scripps, her half-sister.
Scripps Memorial Hospital and Scripps Metabolic Clinic
The Scripps Memorial Hospital and Scripps Metabolic Clinic, located in La Jolla, are nationally recognized for their work and research efforts. The Scripps family’s ventures included funding for comprehensive medical care, as reflected in their prioritization of hospitals and clinics.
Scripps employees at both the hospital and the metabolic clinic routinely provide healthcare to thousands of families. Another branch of the Scripps Memorial Hospital is located in Encinitas.
La Jolla Recreation Center
The La Jolla Recreation Center was funded by Ellen Scripps and constructed on property adjacent to her home. Irving Gill, one of San Diego’s most famous architects, was responsible for its design. Construction on the Recreation Center was completed in 1915, and the building was donated to the city of San Diego soon after to be used by all its residents.
Ellen Scripps was insistent the property be open to all, including a children’s play area and stipulating that people of any “race, creed, or opinions” be allowed to use the facility.
Scripps Research Institute
The Scripps Research Institute is a nonprofit medical research facility originally funded by Ellen Scripps. Since its founding in 1924, it has launched hundreds of research projects to further human understanding of diseases, other health conditions, and cutting-edge treatment methods.
The California campus is the original and best-known institute, but there is also a Florida location.
The Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a large state park located in La Jolla. It spans over 2,000 acres, and while visitors are welcome to hike, birdwatch, or simply enjoy the scenery, the area has remained protected from development since 1977.
It is one of the best places to experience local San Diego wildlife in its natural habitat, largely undisturbed by the presence of humans.
La Jolla Woman’s Club
The La Jolla Woman’s Club began its life as a social club dedicated toward the many single women and widows that called La Jolla home in the early 1900s. Its original and current mission is still to work toward improving the welfare of La Jolla residents and the world at large by serving as a hub of culture, history, art, and education.
The Woman’s Club holds frequent charitable fundraiser events such as their annual gala. Its ceremony garden and large terrace make it the perfect location for a wedding and reception.