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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 Marine Mammal Center to visit your school or site today!

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


Outreach Programs:
FLIPPERS, FLUKES and FUR (Pre-K-1, recommended ages 4 & up)
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.
An interactive program highlighting the care patients receive at our hospital. Students will role-play the experience of an animal care crew including: admitting a patient, creating fish milkshakes and participating in fish school! Through these activities, students will gain a better understanding of how similar we are to the patients we care for at the Center.
*Minimum of five (5) additional chaperones required
Through an engaging combination of video clips, short activities, and specimen examination, students explore the behaviors and survival skills of Northern elephant seal pups. Special attention is paid to the relationship between mothers and pups in their wild habitats, as well as how we care for pups at the Center.
What does it take for seals to survive in the ocean? Students will explore a seal’s lifecycle, diet and habitat through the examination of specimens, visuals and equipment we use at the hospital. In learning about our patient stories, students will discover some of the challenges seals face when it comes to humans impacting their marine environments and ways they can be empowered to help marine mammals survive and thrive.
*Minimum of one (1) additional chaperones required
Get ready to sharpen your marine science detective skills! Much like our scientists and veterinarians analyze evidence to diagnose patients, students will work to unveil mystery marine mammals that reside along our rescue range. Specimens, microscopes, and group discussions will ultimately reveal interesting answers and unique stories about patients we’ve treated. See what it's like to think like a scientist through observations and inquiry in this engaging experience!


Outreach Program Details:
Our outreach vehicles are available Wednesdays and Thursdays (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 45 miles away from the Center, there is an additional $30 charge.

Program Length:

  • 45 minutes for preschool, kindergarten and 1st grades(recommended ages 4 & up)
  • 60 minutes for grades 2nd through 5th grades

Class Size:

  • Up to 25 for preschool and kindergarten groups (recommended ages 4 & up), 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 – Marine Mammal Mysteries, for example, and is intended for a different set of students.

Have questions? We’d love to help! Please email or call (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 the DMARLOU Foundation and the SATO Foundation, 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 "School Tours" 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 email 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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