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Hawaiian monk seal Ululani
PIER 39's K-Dock filled with California sea lions

Join us at PIER 39 to engage with our dockside docents and learn about California sea lions.

Conservation experts from The Marine Mammal Center are stationed at PIER 39 to bring the stories of California sea lions to life as part of an educational experience for all ages. 

At K-Dock, adjacent to the PIER’s world-famous sea lion haul-out area, staff and volunteers from the Center will be available Thursday to Monday to talk with visitors about the sea lions and share how we can all take action to keep them safe. 

Beginning summer 2024, the Center will also welcome guests to the Sea Lion Spot upstairs where they will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about California sea lions from our trained staff and volunteers
  • Understand the threats that sea lions are facing in San Francisco Bay, including climate change, ocean trash and overfishing
  • Take a pledge to protect sea lions and our shared ocean environment
  • Shop at our retail space featuring sustainable goods, with all proceeds supporting the Center’s mission of global ocean conservation

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Docent Hours at K-Dock Sea Lion Haul-Out Area

11:30am - 5pm Thursday - Monday

Except Thanksgiving and Christmas

Sea Lion Spot Exhibit Space

Opening Summer 2024

Located upstairs, in an area overlooking the sea lions

visitors watching the sea lions at K-Dock
two young visitors talk to a docent at the PIER 39 pop-up space
retail space at the PIER 39 pop-up space
Youth Crew docent looks out at the sea lions at PIER 39 using binoculars
multiple tables set up with exhibit items in the pop-up space

Getting Here

PIER 39 is located at Beach Street & The Embarcadero in San Francisco, California.

You can find The Marine Mammal Center’s staff and volunteers at K-Dock, the sea lion haul-out area located in the northwest corner of PIER 39. To reach the temporary pop-up experience, take the stairs located just above K-Dock.

Learn more about driving directions, parking information and public transportation options.

a volunteer at PIER 39 interacts with a visitor

Volunteer at PIER 39

You can play a vital role in advancing global ocean conservation by inspiring PIER 39 visitors to better appreciate the ocean and help protect the animals that live in it. Center volunteers at PIER 39 engage with guests outside at K-Dock and starting summer 2024, at the Sea Lion Spot, our conservation education and retail space, where you'll rotate through docent stations interpreting animal behavior, answering questions and assisting with retail purchases. Before volunteering, you’ll receive specialized training on sea lion natural history, conservation topics and best practices for engaging visitors.

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Sea Lion Spot Coming Soon!

The Marine Mammal Center’s Sea Lion Spot, a state-of-the-art exhibit and retail space located at PIER 39 above the sea lion haul-out area, is slated to open in summer 2024. This immersive experience will allow visitors to engage in a world of wonder beneath the waves and learn about the amazing animals that call San Francisco home.

From multi-sensory exhibits to interactive touchscreens, the innovative design of the conservation education space will emphasize the interconnectedness of sea lion health, ocean health and human health. Visitors will be encouraged to join the conservation conversation and pledge to take action in their own lives. The accompanying retail experience will be focused on sustainable goods, with all proceeds supporting the Center’s mission of global ocean conservation.

The Marine Mammal Center welcomes corporate partners, foundations and private donors interested in sponsoring the Sea Lion Spot. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

artist rendering of Sea Lion Spot exhibits
artist rendering of Sea Lion Spot exhibits

Have Questions?

Need help planning your visit? We are here to help. Email or see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Thank you for your generous support of the Sea Lion Spot!

  • City National Bank

  • PIER 39

  • DMARLOU Foundation

  • Koret Foundation

  • Herbst Foundation

  • Oracle

  • E.O.

  • Anderson Windows

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