Marine Mammal Care

Education

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Learn about marine animals, oceans, and conservation through our educational programs for all ages.

Public Tours

Have you ever wondered what it takes to rehabilitate sick and injured seals and sea lions at the Marine Mammal Care Center? Our team of volunteer guides will help you learn more about our patients as they tour you along the outside viewing pathway.  Guests will learn about marine mammal rehabilitation and the amazing adaptations of our seal and sea lion patients.

Guided tours are available by reservation.

Field trips

Students visiting our center are inspired by the unique opportunity to view wildlife undergoing rehabilitation and preparing for release. Field Trips are available throughout the year. During a field trip visit to MMCC participants will tour the outside viewing area and learn about the seal and sea lion patients we have. Participants will also learn about marine mammal adaptations and what it takes to rehabilitate the sick or injured seals and sea lions that are rescued and brought to the center.

Field Trip visits support teachers in their in-school curricular needs and are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Email education@marinemammalcare.org if you have any questions.

Professional Development

Each year at MMCC we host veterinary students and animal care interns who utilize us as a resource for developing skills and experiences in support of future careers in wildlife conservation. MMCC offers the opportunity to practice and become proficient at procedures while engaging in real-world wildlife rehabilitation.

Students and interns also learn under one of the most experienced pinniped veterinarians on the west coast, Dr. Lauren Palmer, who has over 16 years of experience at MMCC. During the busiest part of the year, MMCC may have over 100 seals and sea lions to care for, giving them ample opportunity to practice their skills under direct expert supervision.

Virtual Classes

Take a deeper dive into marine mammals with a classroom program at the MMCC.  Through video call, participants will learn about marine mammals and get an in-depth lesson on rehabilitation and release of our patients. Virtual classes include live videos of our patients as well as a presentation on animal health care, marine mammal adaptations, and ocean conservation. Classes support Next Generation Science Standards and in-school science curriculum.

Classes are available upon request and reservation to the MMCC. Email education@marinemammalcare.org if interested.

Resource Library

Learn about marine mammals, our oceans, and conservation through our Resource Library. These educational videos include releases, speakers, conversations, lessons, and more. Browse our library, continue learning, and be inspired to save our planet!

Social media

We post educational content on our social media channels to help our community learn about marine mammals, conservation, and our oceans. Our videos, photos, and live streams include conservation discussions, tours, guest speakers, releases and more. Be sure to follow us to continue learning every single day!

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