LA JOLLA — Salk Institute’s Step into Discovery will take place April 12, , beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the Walk for Salk 5K in the morning and continuing in the afternoon with Explore Salk.
The walk will begin at the Salk Institute’s iconic courtyard and continue on a scenic route along Torrey Pines in La Jolla, finishing back on the Salk campus. Walk registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; the 5K walk begins at 9 a.m. Entry fee for Walk for Salk is $35, which includes breakfast, a T-shirt and goodie bag. Children 12 and under are free. All proceeds go to Salk Institute to support important education outreach efforts throughout San Diego, fostering the next generation of sciences.
The free-to-the-public Explore Salk offers participants a rare behind-the-scenes tour of Salk Institute laboratories, scientific talks, and hands-on activities. The minimum age for entry to laboratories for Explore Salk is 16 years old. Tours, A Kid’s Discovery Zone and science booths open at 10 a.m. with tours concluding at 3 p.m.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world’s preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.
Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.