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Southern Whale Bus


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Thanks to generous support from PG&E and Oracle, our Whale Bus marine science education program is expanding to serve schools in San Mateo! Turn your classroom into a marine mammal and ocean science classroom - get the Whale Bus at your kids school today!

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Kids in San Carlos are grinning from ear-to-ear over the new Whale Bus program now available at their school!


The Whale Bus is a van that travels to your site transforming your classroom into a marine mammal museum with real specimens such as bones, pelts, and baleen. We bring an ocean field trip to your classroom! All presentations include hands-on activities and exploration of specimens. Presentations teach students about the lives of marine mammals as well as the bigger picture of caring for the marine environment. The Marine Mammal Center is a wildlife hospital; therefore, we do not bring live animals. Download our Whale Bus Outreach flyer here!

Whale Bus Outreach Details

At your site we will need:

  • The same room, uninterrupted for all programs
  • 4 to 5 4x6 foot tables already set-up in a U shape in the room for specimens/activities
  • Access to the room 1 hour before and after for set up and take down
  • Convenient, restriction free parking for the Whale Bus
  • Assistance unloading and loading the Whale Bus specimens
  • 15 minutes between programs

Presentation Capacity:

  • 20 participants (including chaperones) for Grades Preschool - 1st
  • 30 participants (including chaperones) for Grades 2nd - 12th

Presentation Length:

  • 45 minutes for Grades Preschool - 1st
  • One house for Grades 2nd - 12th


  • 2 Programs $350 
  • 3 Programs $450 
  • 4 Programs $550
  • Fees subject to change without notice.
  • Payment is due in full one month in advance of the scheduled program. 

Presentation Availability:

  • Tuesday - Friday

To make a reservation fill out a reservation request below. 

Frequently Asked Questions | Reservation Request Form 

Download our Whale Bus Outreach Flyer here!

 Grades Pre-K to 1st

 Flippers, Flukes and Fur!

Using stories, puppets and dress-up; students will learn what it is like to be a sea otter, seal, whale and dolphin. With real marine mammal specimens, students will be able to feel the fur and baleen. Stories of past patients show students that human actions can both harm and help marine mammals. Students will leave knowing they can help ocean life and keep our oceans clean.

Frequently Asked Questions | Reservation Request Form 

Grades 2nd to 5th

 Wonderful Whales

Beautiful, mysterious and magnificent, whales fascinate many of us. Students examine specimens, including baleen, krill and bones to learn about different types of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). Students assemble the skeleton of a pygmy sperm whale to learn about body parts and adaptations.

Frequently Asked Questions | Reservation Request Form  

Grades 6th to 12th

 Adventures in Anatomy

Humans and marine mammals share many similar anatomical characteristics, yet they have adapted over time to thrive in different environments. Students compare human and marine mammal anatomy while assembling the skeleton of a pygmy sperm whale. Three stations using our unique specimen collection teach students about the anatomy, adaptations and feeding strategies of marine mammals.

Frequently Asked Questions | Reservation Request Form 

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