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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.


Outreach Program Details:
Our outreach vehicles are available Monday-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 5th

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*

* Each session repeats the same program – Wonderful Whales, for example, and is intended for a different set of students.

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.

Scholarship Information
As a result of generous support from donors, The Marine Mammal Center is able to offer a limited number of needs-based scholarships to eligible applicants.

Scholarships for The Marine Mammal Center's "Learning in the Lab" and "Sea to School" programs are awarded based on Free and Reduced Lunch Plan eligibility and scholarship availability. For example, a school with 60% of its student population receiving FRLP will be eligible for a scholarship which will cover 60% of the fees for the selected program(s) if the application is approved. This school would pay just $74 for a program that is regularly priced at $185. A limited number of scholarships are available and will be provided until all funding has been distributed. For this reason, we recommend booking as early as possible. Scholarship programs are typically restricted to the months of October-January. Please contact with questions or to request a scholarship application.

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 Sea to School programs to come to your school.

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