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Camp Sea Quest

Camp Sea Quest is a week-long 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.

About Camp Sea Quest

Campers will enjoy a combination of classroom-based activities, behind-the-scenes experiences, and nature walks around the beautiful Marin Headlands, including Rodeo Beach and Rodeo 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.

There are six week-long sessions that accommodate different age groups from rising 1st-6th grade students. Weeks A and B for each session are the same – choose the week that works best for your family.

Camp is based at The Marine Mammal Center’s veterinary hospital and education center in the Marin Headlands, minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Extended care is available for campers.


Camp Details

  • Cost: $400/week for members; $450/week for non-members. Price includes a camp t-shirt, snacks and water, and all camp activities. Campers should bring their own lunch.
  • 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.
  • Extended care is available Monday through Thursday, 3:30pm-5:00pm for $20/day. Advanced registration is required. Extended care includes games, movies, and crafts led by our high school camp volunteers and supervised by our staff. Late pick-ups not pre-registered for extended care will incur additional fees. Contact us about early drop-offs.
  • Scholarships are available

Questions? Contact our education programs assistant at 415-289-7330 or email

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Camp Sea Quest 2018

 RISING 1st & 2nd GRADE:

The Big Blue
We are so lucky to call Earth home and to share it with magnificent creatures like marine mammals! Get ready to discover the watery places that make up this great planet and the animals that inhabit them, starting with our pinniped patients and the wildlife of the beautiful Marin Headlands.

Weeks A and B for each session are the same – choose the week that works best for your family.

Week A
June 18-22, 2018


Week B
June 25-29, 2018



RISING 3rd & 4th GRADE:

Wave Makers
The ocean is a HUGE place with lots of things that make it a splash! Find out what it’s like to be a scientist learning all about what makes the sea special, from the many environments found underwater to how marine mammals use them. Discover how YOU can be a wave maker in helping to protect these important places!

Weeks A and B for each session are the same – choose the week that works best for your family.

Week A
July 9-13, 2018


Week B
July 23-27, 2018



RISING 5th & 6th GRADE:

Sea Sleuths
Do you have what it takes to solve a marine mammal mystery? This happens every day at our Center, from how to diagnose a sick animal, to designing equipment for safe habitats, to using each patient’s story to assess the health of the ocean. Uncover solutions to conservation issues to find out what you can do to help our patients and their environments.

Weeks A and B for each session are the same – choose the week that works best for your family.

Week A
July 30-August 3, 2018


Week B
August 6-10, 2018


Registration for Camp Sea Quest 2019 will begin in December, 2018. Join our waitlist here to be notified when registration opens.

Questions? Contact our education programs assistant at 415-289-7330 or email


What families are saying about Camp Sea Quest:

“We are looking forward to being at Camp Sea Quest again next year. This is a great learning opportunity for my child and I love that the program grows with her.”

"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!!!!"

“I observed the program staff to be knowledgeable, articulate, and energetic. The staff was excited to be at camp and engaged each camper.”

"Thank you for the best camp of our summer! She just loves TMMC... [it’s] our favorite 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 Monday-Friday. Pick up time is 3.30PM Monday-Thursday, and 2:30PM Friday – plan to stay for Camp Open House, which will wrap up by 3pm!

Q: What grade do I register my child for?
A: You must register your child for the grade level they will be entering in the 2018-2019 school year. Activities are based on Next Generation Science Standards for the specific grade levels; therefore, we do not permit campers to register for a session outside of the child’s grade level. For questions or concerns, please email

Q: How many weeks can I register 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/hikes, experiments, crafts, games, special activities and, when possible, behind-the-scenes experiences.

Q: How much interaction will they have with animals?
A: As a hospital environment with sick and injured wild animals, Camp Sea Quest does not allow any direct contact with our patients for everyone’s safety. However, there may be occasions in which campers will be able to see an animal up-close or have a unique opportunity to speak with animal husbandry specialists. In addition to patients at the hospital, campers often spot wildlife in the Marin Headlands, but we keep a safe and appropriate distance.

Q: What is the camper to adult ratio?
A: There are approximately 15 children in each camp group, with two staff educators and at least two high school-age Youth Crew camp counselors with the group at all times.

Q: Are the children supervised at all times?
A: Yes, children are supervised at all times. Our staff are all background checked, have extensive training and experience, and are 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 campers and class culture, 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. Extended care is available Mon-Thu for an additional fee. Advanced registration is required (sign up during check-out) or contact us at 415-289-7330 or for additional information.

Q. Is lunch provided?
A: Camp includes snack and water, but your child must bring their own lunch. Please provide your child/children with a non-perishable bag lunch for each day of camp.

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 the 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, however for Summer 2018 the scholarship application period has closed. Please contact to learn about scholarship opportunities for 2019.

Questions? Contact us at 415-289-7330 or email


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