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Camp Sea Quest


Camp Sea Quest

Camp Sea Quest is a 5-day summer day camp at The Marine Mammal Center designed to give elementary school-age kids the chance to dive into marine science and ocean conservation. Through real science experiments, hands-on learning opportunities and nature-led programming, campers will discover the wonders of marine mammals and learn how we are all connected to the ocean.

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Campers will enjoy a combination of classroom-based activities, behind-the-scenes experiences, and exploration walks around the beautiful Marin Headlands, including Rodeo Beach and the Lagoon (which many animals call home!). Through our culture of creativity, curiosity, and caring, campers will be empowered to positively impact their communities and develop important leadership, team-building, communication and problem-solving skills.

Each camp will take place during one of six week-long sessions and will accommodate different age groups from rising K-6th grade students.

The program will be based at The Marine Mammal Center’s veterinary hospital and education center in the Marin Headlands, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Camp Sea Quest 2017

Camp Sea Quest for 2017 is now sold out. Please email if you would like to be placed on a wait list for possible openings. And stay tuned for Camp Sea Quest 2018!



Not quite ready for a full day of camp? Join us for five action-packed afternoons in this HALF-DAY option.

Magnificent Marine Mammals
What is the difference between a seal and a sea lion? Learn all about the awesome animals that we see and treat at The Marine Mammal Center! Be amazed by a different marine mammal each day and see what makes these creatures so magnificent. 

June 19-23, 2017
(1:00pm - 4:00pm)



RISING 1st & 2nd GRADE:

Introducing Our Patients
Do you know how many types of marine mammals inhabit our coastline? Become an expert on the common patients treated as the Center as well as other exciting marine mammals along our rescue range! 

June 26-30, 2017



RISING 3rd & 4th GRADE:

Hospital Heroes
Discover what goes into running a marine mammal hospital and caring for our unique patients. Be inspired by our hardworking staff and volunteer force, and see how we give marine mammals a second chance at life. (This camp is offered twice—choose the week that best fits your schedule)

Week A:
July 10-14


Week B:
July 17-21



RISING 5th & 6th GRADE:

Vet Detective
Do you have an interest in animal health? Join us this week to explore how our veterinary team and animal caretakers diagnose and treat our marine mammal patients. (This camp is offered twice—choose the week that best fits your schedule)

Week A:
July 31- August 4


Week B:
August 7- 11



Camp Details!

  • Camp runs daily from 9:00 – 3:30pm (with the exception of the half-day camp for kindergartners and 1st graders, which runs from 1:00pm-4:00pm). Please drop off your camper between 9:00am and 9:15am. Each Friday, families of campers are invited at 2:30pm for an open house to showcase camp highlights.
  • Cost: $400/week for members; $450/week for non-members. For the half-day option, $200/week for members; $250/week for non-members.
  • Extended care is provided for an additional fee (8:00am – 9:00am $15/day; 3:30pm-5:00pm $20/day) and includes crafts, games and movies supervised by our staff and volunteers.
    • Early care is offered Monday-Friday and late care is offered Monday-Thursday.
    • Early care is not offered for half-day camp, but aftercare is available from 4:00-5:00pm for $15/day.
    • Extended care must be requested in advance. Late pick-ups not pre-registered for extended care will incur additional fees.
  • Scholarships are available

Please call our education programs assistant at 415-289-7330 or email with any questions.

What families are saying about TMMC’s Camp Sea Quest:

"He was thrilled by the camp and sad it ended. He regularly shows off the knowledge he acquired.
It was a wonderful week!"

"She loved the real-world aspect of the camp - it wasn't just 'kid stuff'.
She felt like she was really learning about what it's like to be a marine mammal vet.
She felt so engaged and proud of the 'work' she did and all the amazing things she learned!"

"This was a tremendous value. Both of my kids learned and came away inspired to learn more… Both of our kids loved the counselors and came away feeling they had made new friends. This was the single most positive experience our kids have ever had and we are very grateful for the opportunity"

"Absolutely an empowering experience. Our daughter is now writing essays on seal rescue in her creative writing camp.... and she's only 7! This was, by far, the best camp experience we have ever had. We loved the field-based learning reinforced in the classroom… WE LOVE CAMP SEAQUEST!!!!"

"Thank you for the best camp of our summer! She just loves TMMC... This is our favorite summer camp."

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Camp Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do I get to The Marine Mammal Center
A: Click here for directions. Our address is 2000, Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA 94965.

Q: What time do I need to drop off my child and collect them from The Marine Mammal Center.
A: Every day you will need to drop off and pick up your child/children at the front entrance of the Marine Mammal Center. Drop off time is 9:00-9:15am and pick up time is 3.30 pm (except for half day camps).

Q: What grade do I sign my child up for?
A: You must sign your child up according to the grade level they will be entering in the 2017-2018 school year. Activities are based on Next Generation Science Standards for the specific grade levels, therefore we do not permit camper’s to register for a session outside of the child’s grade level. For questions or schedule conflicts, please email

Q: How many weeks can I sign up for?
A: At this time, you may only register for one week of camp. If you are interested in registering for multiple weeks of camp, please email to be placed on the waiting list.

Q: What will the kids do all day?
A: Camp is filled with activities! There will be experiments, guided tours, exploration walks/hikes, crafts, games, special activities and when possible, opportunities to go behind-the-scenes experiences.

Q: How much interaction will they have with animals?
A: As a hospital environment with sick and injured wild animals, we do not allow any direct contact with our patients. However, there may be occasions in which campers will be able to see an animal up-close or have a unique opportunity to connect with animal husbandry specialists.

Q: What is the camper to adult ratio?
A: There are approximately 15 children in each camp group, with two educators and two high school volunteers.

Q: Are the children supervised at all times?
A: Yes, children are never left unsupervised. Our staff are all background checked, have extensive training and experience, and are all CPR and First Aid trained.

Q: Can my 5 year old and 10 year old attend the same class?
A: No. For the benefit of the classes and campers we follow strict guidelines on age ranges and grade levels.

Q: Can you tell me if my child’s friend has already signed up for camp?
A: Privacy laws do not allow us to share that information.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: The price for each week-long camp is $400 for members and $450 for non-members. Half-day Camp pricing is $200 for members and $250 for non-members. The price excludes food but includes snacks and water. Please provide your child/children with bag lunch. Pre-camp care is $15 per morning and aftercare is $20 per afternoon (for half days, only aftercare is available for $15) and must be registered for in advance.

Q: Can I become a member when I sign up for camp?
A: If you would like to become a member before camp starts you may join online or stop by our Information Desk at The Marine Mammal Center.

Q: Do you have scholarships available?
A: Yes, we offer a lottery for full or partial scholarships for Summer Camp. You can request a scholarship application and learn more about our scholarship opportunities by emailing

Got questions? Call our education programs assistant at 415-289-7330 or email


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