Tours & Field Trips
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.
Coming for a visit? Here’s the scoop!
Groups under 10 people:
Our facility allows for a self-guided, no appointment, no waiver visit, however donations are always appreciated.
Groups of 10 or more people:
We welcome you to observe the animals at the fence, visit the visitor’s center and have a docent available to answer questions.
If you would like a docent-led tour:
Includes a classroom-trained docent to give a presentation and a designated group guide at the observation area to enhance the classroom experience.
Fill out the LAUSD waiver and email it to: education [@] marinemammalcare [.] org
Q: How much is the docent-led tour donation? A: 10 people and under: $50 || 20 people and under: $75 || 30 people and under: $100 || 50 people and under: $125
Q: Why do we have to sign a waiver? A: MMCC LA is on LAUSD property. LAUSD requires the waiver for all group activities.
Q: What is your maximum group size? A: Minimum of 10 people. Groups larger than 50 visitors require special arrangements.
Q: How long is the docent-led tour? A: Tours last approximately 1 hour.
Q: Who can schedule a docent-led tour? A: Groups may include, but are not limited to, schools (public, private and home schools) elementary through graduate level, scouts, social clubs, and organizations.
Q: Will general tours take us through the hospital? A: General group tours do not entail a behind-the-scenes look at the facility.
Q: What areas will we see? A: 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.
Q: Are there bathrooms on site? A: Yes
Q: Is there a picnic area to have lunch? A: There is a small picnic area (several picnic tables in front near parking lot)
Q: Do you sell food or drinks at the gift shop? A: No
Q: Which credit cards do you take at your gift shop? A: Most credit cards are accepted
Q: What times are animal feedings? A: Generally, 6:30 AM, 11:00AM, and 3:00PM.
Q: Do you allow dogs at the Center? A: Dogs on leashes must be kept away from the fence area where animal viewing takes place
Q: Is parking available? A: Yes, there is free parking in a large parking lot that can accommodate cars, RVs and buses easily
Q: Anything I should know about finding you? A: MapQuest, Google Maps or any other apps for directions, you will not get to our facility directly. As you drive South on Gaffey, turn right onto 32nd street follow the road up, around and down to the end. Turn right at the end. Turn right into the parking lot and the Care Center is on the right side behind Angel’s Gate High School
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!
For tour questions, please send an email to education [@] marinemammalcare [.] org or by calling MMCC LA at (310) 548-5677.