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Sea to School


Discover! Learn! Take Action!

Let us bring learning to you! The program formerly known as Whale Bus, travels to your site and brings learning to you with real marine mammal specimens such as bones, pelts, and baleen. All presentations include hands-on activities and exploration of specimens. Programs teach students about the lives of marine mammals, our work at the hospital and marine conservation. 

The Sea to School program has multiple outreach vehicles that can visit your location. We offer Sea to School programs to schools and other organizations, such as scouts and camp groups.

Invite the Explorer to visit your school or site today!

The Marine Mammal Center is a wildlife hospital; therefore, we do not bring live animals.

Outreach Programs:
Through short stories, puppets, animal sounds and dress-up, students learn about a variety of marine mammals (including sea otters, seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales). Observe how your students measure up to life-size rollouts of seals and sea lions! Students will examine specimens such as skulls, pelts and bones while they learn how the Center cares for these animals.
Learn about the many kinds of whales that live right off the California coast! Through exploration of their diets, communication, habitats and behavior, students identify adaptations and survival needs of these gentle giants. Students will construct a pygmy sperm whale skeleton; examine bones, skulls, teeth and baleen; and discuss our role in protecting a healthy ocean habitat.
Students compare human and marine mammal anatomy while assembling the skeleton of a pygmy sperm whale. Investigation of adaptations (including locomotion, feeding and breathing) gives students a scientific look into the patients we care for at The Marine Mammal Center. In this program, students analyze both the positive and negative effects of humans on the marine ecosystem and its impact on marine mammals.


Outreach Program Details:
Our outreach vehicles are available Tuesday-Friday (year round) and can travel up to 65 miles from the Center in Sausalito. We can facilitate 2-4 sessions of the same program during a school visit. For locations more than 50 miles away from the Center, we require a minimum of three sessions.

Program Length:

  • 45 minutes for preschool, kindergarten and 1st grades
  • 60 minutes for grades 2nd through 12th

Class Size:

  • Up to 25 for preschool and kindergarten groups, including chaperones
  • Up to 35 for grades 1st through 12th, including chaperones

Program Fees:

  • Two Sessions - $350
  • Three Sessions - $450
  • Four Sessions - $550

Have questions? We’d love to help! Please contact Kristen Ku at or (415) 289-7330.

Please Note: The Marine Mammal Center is a wildlife hospital; therefore we do not bring live animals.

The Marine Mammal Center is grateful for the generous support from PG&E, Oracle, and the DMARLOU Foundation, which has made it possible for the Whale Bus programs to come to your school.

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