Marine Mammal Care


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

Visiting The Center

Have you ever wondered what it takes to rehabilitate sick and injured seals and sea lions at the Marine Mammal Care Center? During your visit, our team of volunteer docents will help you learn more about our patients, the work we do, and how to join in our conservation mission.

MMCC offers tour guides and field trips in American Sign Language with a Deaf Guide. To book with a Deaf Guide, please contact dbader@marinemammalcare.org to coordinate a time and date.

Field Trip Bookings Will Be Available in the Fall

Beginning in Fall, MMCC will offer field trips for groups of 10 to 30 people.

Field Trip participants visiting our center are inspired by the unique opportunity to view wildlife undergoing rehabilitation and preparing for release. 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.

School Field Trip visits support teachers’ in-school curricular needs and align with Next Generation Science Standards.

Youth Groups are encouraged to book field trips with MMCC as well. Email education@marinemammalcare.org if you have any questions.

Careers in Conservation

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.

Marcos Trinidad, Audubon Center

Tikiesha Wilson, Heal The Bay Aquarium

Anika Bellent, Algalita

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!

All About Otters

Wildlife Forensics, DNA, and Toxic Whales

Florida Manatees and Their Conservation

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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