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: Groups of less than 10 people, we ask for a $30 donation and/or equivalent value in Wish List items. Groups of near 11-30 people, we ask for a $3 per person donation, and 30-40 guests, a $2 donation per person.
- 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 submit a group tour form.
- Additional questions can be directed to: email@example.com, 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!