Tours & Field Trips

NOW MANDATORY FOR ALL GROUPS – 2018.6.22 LAUSD Indemnity Agreement

Tour schedule for 2018-2019 school year to be announced shortly.

Groups are invited to come to the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles to learn about seals, sea lions, and marine environment.  Participants can see recovering patients and learn how human interactions affect our ocean life. Students will also observe animal care, feeding procedures, and learn about rehabilitation procedures we use to return the animals back to their ocean environment.

Groups may include, but are not limited to, schools (public, private and home schools) elementary through graduate level, scouts, social clubs, and organizations.

Tours include an age appropriate classroom presentation and viewing of seals and sea lion patients currently in our hospital.  Due to safety considerations, a tour is limited to the classroom and viewing the animals from outside the perimeter fence.  It does not entail a behind-the-scenes look at the facility. Tours last approximately 1 hour.

  • Suggested Donation: 10 people and under: $50 || 20 people and under: $75 || 30 people and under: $100 || 50 people and under: $125
  • Group size: Minimum of 10 people. Groups larger than 40 visitors require special arrangements.
  • Scheduling: Tours can be scheduled Monday through Sunday, to start between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Tours should be scheduled 1 to 2 months in advance of the selected date.
  • For reservations, please send an email to education [@] marinemammalcare [.] org and include the LAUSD waiver as an attachment. [If you don’t have a scanner, just print, complete and take a photo with your phone to get the process started.
  • Additional questions can be directed to: education [@] marinemammalcare [.] org, or by calling MMCC LA at (310) 548-5677.

If you are arranging to have your group meet at MMCC LA, please communicate the tour start time to them.  If education staff or docents are not on site when your group arrives, participants may view our patients from outside the enclosures.  However, it is important to note that animal care personnel are not involved in tour scheduling;  for safety reasons, animal care personnel are not permitted to answer questions while inside enclosures.

Each year, our program educates thousands of students and visitors about marine mammals and the continued, urgent need for ocean conservation. This is a great learning experience for all!

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