Groups are invited to come to the Marine Mammal Care Center to learn about seals, sea lions, and the marine environment. Students can see recovering patients and learn how human interactions affect our ocean life. Students will also observe animal care, feeding procedures, and learn about the rehabilitation procedures to return the animals back to their natural environment.
Groups include, but are not limited to, schools (public, private and home schools) elementary through graduate level, scouts, social clubs, and organizations.
Tours include a classroom activity and viewing of the animals currently in-house. Due to safety considerations, a tour is limited to the classroom and viewing the animals from outside the perimeter fence. It does not entail a behind-the-scenes look at the facility. Tours last between 1 – 1 ½ hours.
- Cost: Groups of 6-30 people, we ask for a $30 donation and/or equivalent in Wish List items. Groups of 30-40 people, we ask for a $1 per person donation and/or equivalent in Wish List items.
- Group size: Minimum of 6 people. Groups larger than 40 visitors will require special arrangements.
- Scheduling: Tours can be scheduled Monday through Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Tours should be scheduled 1 to 2 months in advance of the selected date.
- For reservations, please submit a group tour form.
- Additional questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling MMCC at (310) 548-5677.
If you are arranging to have your group meet at MMCC, please communicate the tour start time to them. If education staff or docents are not on site when they arrive, participants are free to view the animal enclosures. However, it is important to note that animal care personnel are not involved in tour scheduling, and for safety reasons, are not permitted to answer questions while inside the enclosures.
Each year, our program teaches thousands of students and visitors about marine mammals and the continued, urgent need for ocean conservation. This is a great learning experience for all!