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Camp Sea Quest


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 seven 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 2016:

For each age group, Camp Sea Quest offers two full-week sessions, each option with its own theme! All campers are invited to either session, but please consider the following when registering your child for Camp Sea Quest:

  • "Magnificent Marine Mammals" - We recommend this week of camp if your camper is a first-time visitor to The Marine Mammal Center or just getting to know us! These weeks will dive into the ins-and-outs of our work at the Center as well as fun facts about our patients.
  • “Habitat Hullaballoo” – We recommend this week of camp for return visitors and TMMC super-fans! This theme will focus on some of our more unique patient cases, their surrounding environments and exploring in-depth topics around natural sciences!
  • All weeks and themes are packed with crafts, games, hikes, and activities connecting to the Next Generation Science Standards.



Now offering an exciting new half-day opportunity for rising K-1st grade campers!

Want to experience Camp Sea Quest at The Marine Mammal Center, but not quite ready for a full day of camp? Marine Mammals & Me is for you! Come enjoy crafts, activities, tours and explorations from 1:00-4:00pm Monday-Friday, June 13th-17th. Half-day pricing is $200 for members and $250 for non-members. The price excludes food but includes snacks and water. After-camp care is available for $15 per afternoon from 4:00-5:00pm (register in advance), however early care is not available for half-day camps.

Campers must have attended pre-school and/or kindergarten and be fully potty-trained.

RISING 1st & 2nd GRADE:

Magnificent Marine Mammals Pups, Pods, & Patients
When are sea lions born? How long do seal pups stay with their mom? How do sea otters learn to swim? Come find out all about these amazing animal families and see what it takes to be one of the cutest critters in the ocean.

June 20th-24th, 2016

Habitat Hullaballoo
Water Warriors
What makes water so special? Learn all about this special substance on which marine mammals, humans and all life depends during this week! Discover its many forms, locations, and how YOU can be a Water Warrior to conserve this wonderfully wet resource!

June 27th-July 1st, 2016

Check out information above for a new half-day camp offering for rising K and 1st graders.

RISING 3rd & 4th GRADE:

Magnificent Marine Mammals
It’s tough to be a mammal out in the ocean! Learn all about the amazing adaptations marine mammals have for survival. Find out if you have what it takes to be a marine mammal catching food, avoiding predators, and navigating the high seas!

July 11th-15th, 2016

Habitat Hullabaloo
Coastal Conservers
Are you a coastal conserver? Discover how marine mammals interact with their habitats. Through hands-on science and games, you’ll learn how humans can keep those habitats healthy for people and marine mammals alike!

July 18th-22nd, 2016

RISING 5th & 6th GRADE:

Veterinary Visions
Do you have what it takes to work at The Marine Mammal Center? Each day, campers will explore one of the many science careers found at our hospital. Learn how to diagnose patients, make fish milkshakes, conduct scientific research and educate others about caring for the ocean.

August 1st –5th, 2016


From the sun in the sky to plankton in the ocean to the big blue whale, we are all connected! Campers will discover a unique ecosystem each day. Come explore with us as we reveal the habitats that marine mammals and people depend on for survival.

August 8th -12th, 2016


Camp Details!

  • Camp runs daily from 9:00 – 3:30pm. 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
  • 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.
    • 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:

"My daughter always had something new and exciting to tell me about every day at pick up."

"[Camper] wants to be a marine biologist, came home and told me fascinating things each day."

"He loved it! And he's not that easy to impress :-)"

"My son kept thanking me for signing him up."

"My son, an avid reader especially anything marine biology, came home with new facts every day."

"My daughter was very disappointed it was only a week."

"He 'definitely' wants to do it again next year."

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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 2016-2017 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 guided tours, exploration walks, crafts, games, special activities and occasional behind-the-scenes experiences.

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 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

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.

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

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