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A Marine Science Summer Day Camp for Kids – Camp Sea Quest

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Looking for a summer day camp in the San Francisco Bay Area? Located in the Marin Headlands in Sausalito, The Marine Mammal Center’s Camp Sea Quest is a week-long marine science camp designed to give elementary and middle 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 four week-long sessions that accommodate different age groups from rising 5th-8th grade students.

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.


Marine Science Summer Camp Details

  • Cost: $400/week for members; $450/week for non-members. For our Ecoystem Expert week for rising 7th and 8th graders, camp is $500 for members and $550 for non-members because of the offsite excursions. 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

This year’s camp dives into the marine ecosystems that are vital to the health of our planet and the marine mammals we care for. Come spend a week at the world’s largest marine mammal hospital where we will explore how our patients offer a unique window into these marine ecosystems and what we can do to conserve our shared ocean environment for future generations.

 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.

Camp Sea Quest 2020 has moved online! Learn more and register.


Rising 7th & 8th Grade:

Ecosystem Experts
Do you want to discover how marine mammals thrive in the watery world they call home? Our patients have unique adaptations for their environment that also make them sensitive to change, so they are great indicators of shifts in ocean health. Humans rely on the sea in many ways, so understanding ocean well-being is important for us, marine mammals, and the ocean itself. Come become an expert on our patients' adaptations, the importance of ecosystem biodiversity, and ways to maintain the health of our oceans!

Camp Sea Quest 2020 has moved online! Learn more and register.

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"

“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 sign my child up for?
A: You must sign your child up according to the grade level they will be entering in the 2020-2021 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 sign-up for?
A: At this time, you may only register for one week of camp.

Q: The camp week I’m interested in is sold out, what can I do?
A: Contact us at 415-289-7330 or to find out about wait list options. And sign up for email to be alerted when the next year of camp goes on sale. You’ll also get patient updates, event announcements and opportunities to help save marine mammals delivered right to your inbox.

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 20 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 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 is $400 for members and $450 for non-members. For our Ecoystem Expert week for rising 7th and 8th graders, the week is $500 for members and $550 for non-members because of offsite excursions. Extended care is available Monday-Thursday 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 morning and afternoon snacks but your child must bring their own lunch. Please provide your child/children with a non-perishable bag lunch as well as a sturdy water bottle 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 and partial, first come, first served scholarships (not including extended care) for Camp Sea Quest. You can request a scholarship application and learn more about scholarship opportunities by emailing our education team at

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


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