The Marine Mammal Center inspires students to become marine science enthusiasts. Our programs connect students with science through charismatic marine mammals and provide professional development for classroom teachers.
All programs are aligned or connected with Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Curriculum. We believe every student can benefit from expanded ocean and conservation literacy.
These in-depth teacher guides for upper elementary and middle school students were created to accompany the “Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker” IMAX film.
This feature-length film documents the story of Australian sea lions and Dirk Holman – a marine scientist who monitors the native sea lion population along Australia’s southern coast.
The film highlights the mission of The Marine Mammal Center as a model for global marine mammal conservation, and documents Holman's visit to the Center to acquire new skillsets and knowledge to bring back home.
These free, comprehensive educator guides are designed to complement the film experience, and have been designed for learners in grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Each guide comes with a digital version and a print version.
Seal Stories was a live program developed in the spring of 2021 for upper elementary teachers and their students in Hawaiʽi. The session recordings and educator guide are now available for all audiences by request.
During each virtual session, you and your students will meet experts from The Marine Mammal Center and hear stories about Hawaiian monk seals throughout the Hawaiian archipelago. Together, you'll learn about the threats to this endangered species and the many ways you can help through everyday actions.
Each session will also include a call to action and follow-up classroom activity. Session information and follow-up activities are connected to Ocean Literacy Principles and upper elementary Next Generation Science Standards.
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Created by the Center’s award-winning educators, these virtual activities and curriculum materials help guide youth of all ages to learn more about marine mammal health, science and conservation.
Bring Your Students to Our Hospital
Enhance your curriculum with an interactive school tour of our hospital in Sausalito, California. Our guided tours focus on the Center's mission and work, including topics such as what we feed our patients to how we diagnose diseases. All of our school programs align with the Next Generation Science Standards.