Pacific Marine Mammal Center | Kids Out and About Orange County

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Address: 
20612 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach , CA , 92651
Phone: 949-494-3050
33° 34' 22.9188" N, 117° 45' 46.1124" W
Contact name: 
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Seasons in which we offer activities (select "All seasons" for all): 
Ages for which our activities are most appropriate: 
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates, releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration.

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Dive into the world of marine mammals! We offer both onsite & online after-school programming for kids ages 8-12. Ocean Heroes is onsite and meets every Friday from October-December. Ocean Explorers is online and meets every Wednesday in October.

Location:

20612 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
United States

Phone:

949-494-3050 X218

Camp Pinniped

Dates: 
04/04/2022
04/05/2022
04/06/2022
Time: 
9:00-3:00

Location:

20612 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
United States

Phone:

949-494-3050 x218

Marine Mammal Rehabilitation & Research Lab

Dates: 
04/11/2022
04/12/2022
04/13/2022
Time: 
8:00-2:00

Organization learning resources

Title Description Cost
Marine Mammal Rehabilitation & Research Lab
PUBLISHED

This small group experience allows older teens to explore different aspects of marine mammal science. Teens gain daily hands on experience in animal husbandry while they work side by side with our rescue and rehabilitation team. Participants shadow our veterinarian on patient rounds and hear about current and past case studies. PMMC scientists teach the group about the physiology, population ecology, behavior and conservation of marine mammals. Teens participate in activities that are a part of PMMC’s ongoing research investigations. On the last day, the group goes out in the field with our researchers to conduct marine mammal observations to learn about research methods and techniques our scientists use to collect data.

STEM - General
Nature
High School
$
Camp Pinniped
PUBLISHED

Our facility offers a unique experience for children to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! Campers learn how our animal care team rehabilitates our seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Each day has a different theme in order to provide a well-rounded study of our ocean environment. Each theme is creatively reinforced through hands on activities, science labs, arts and crafts.Each year we add new content so campers who return keep on learning!

STEM - General
Nature
Early Elementary School
Late Elementary School
$
Ocean Heroes
PUBLISHED

Ocean Heroes is an after school science program designed for children ages 8-12. Children are engaged in marine science and conservation topics, hands-on activities, games, crafts and optional offsite stewardship projects (if allowed due to COVID precautions). Over the course of eight different sessions, children learn about a diversity of marine mammals, their adaptations, and what life is like living under the sea. This program has a total of 8 sessions consisting of two different themes, the first 4 sessions is coastal creatures and the last 4 sessions is endangered species; all 8 sessions are included in program price. This program will once a month from October to May.

Cost per participant: $250.00; Full payment at registration is required to hold a spot for your child.

Number of sessions per program: 8

Session length: 2 hours

Time: 4-6 pm (PST) one day per month.

Dates: The second Friday of every month- Oct. 8th, Nov. 12th, Dec. 10th, Jan. 14th, Feb. 11th, Mar. 11th, Apr. 8th, May 13th

·       Optional Whale Watching Trip on May 20th (additional charge)

Ages: 8 to 12

Class size: limited to 12 participants per program

Refunds: Are only provided for medical emergencies verified by a doctor. Reimbursement is not given for any missed days or cancellations. All proceeds from Ocean Explorers go to the medical care and treatment of our seal and sea lion patients.

Coastal Creatures

Discover your favorite marine mammals that call the coast their home! Whether you are near or far from the coastal shores, join us online to explore the rocky shores, shallow waters and thriving life that the coast has to offer. Explorers will investigate sea turtle habitats, recognize the calls of Spotted dolphins, uncover the diets of Stellar sea lions, and the behaviors of spinner dolphins all while learning how we can protect our coastal creatures!

Session I: Sea Turtles- Follow these ancient creatures through their life from hatchlings to adults! Explorers will learn about the 7 different species of sea turtles, their adaptations and habitat, as well as actions that can protect them. In this session, explorers will get crafty by creating their own turtle and habitat.

Session II: Spinner Dolphins- Spinner dolphins are known for their aerial displays and catching the waves from surrounding boats, but did you know their behaviors change during the night to feed? Explore the life of Spinner dolphins and create a PSA to encourage others to protect this species!

Session III: Stellar Sea Lions- Discover amazing facts about the largest of the sea lion species and how researchers are studying these animals and the food they eat! Explorers will investigate and document their findings, just like a marine mammal scientist.

Session IV: Spotted Dolphins- Can you identify a Spotted dolphin by its vocalizations? Listen closely as you learn about the clicks and buzzes of cetaceans. Spotted dolphins are social mammals, learning from others and traveling in pods by the hundreds. Explorers will etch a dolphin and race against the clock in a game of ‘Spot the Difference’!

Endangered Species

Join us in becoming an Ocean Steward and investigate the wonderful world of marine mammals! Explorers will craft sea lions, puzzle through activities, navigate as a Right Whale, and lead their Vaquita to victory in a game verse the teachers! With these animals threatened to near extinction, what can YOU do to help?

Session I: New Zealand Sea Lions- Discover the most “rare” sea lion in the world and how humans are helping to boost their population! Explorers will learn about the tale of “Mum” and how she brought sea lions back to the main islands! Explorers will get crafty and make a sea lion face and mane!

Session II: Vaquitas- With only 10 suspected individuals left in the world, learn about the smallest cetacean on the planet, how they became critically endangered and lessons learned in the effort to save them! Can you determine the difference between a porpoise and a dolphin, become an expert and help us ID these animals in the wild. Explorers will challenge our teachers as they lead their Vaquita to victory by making its way through obstacles at sea!

Session III: North Atlantic Right Whales- These massive whales weigh in at 140,000 pounds and are the world’s most endangered large whale species! In this session, explorers will learn about the threats to these animals and how they can help. Can you help Riley the Right Whale navigate her way through the ocean? Try your flipper at helping her get past natural and unnatural threats through an adventure game!

Session IV: Guadalupe Fur Seals- Did you know that PMMC rescues Guadalupe fur seals? Learn more about previous patients we have helped and their stories! Explorers will get crafty as they puzzle through piecing together what makes a fur seal and an eared seal!

 

Science - STEM - General
Nature
STEM - General
Nature
Late Elementary School
$
Ocean Explorers
PUBLISHED

Endangered Species

Join us in becoming an Ocean Steward and investigate the wonderful world of marine mammals! Explorers will craft sea lions, puzzle through activities, navigate as a Right Whale, and lead their Vaquita to victory in a game verse the teachers! With these animals threatened to near extinction, what can YOU do to help?

Session I: New Zealand Sea Lions- Discover the most “rare” sea lion in the world and how humans are helping to boost their population! Explorers will learn about the tale of “Mum” and how she brought sea lions back to the main islands! Explorers will get crafty and make a sea lion face and mane!

Session II: Vaquitas- With only 10 suspected individuals left in the world, learn about the smallest cetacean on the planet, how they became critically endangered and lessons learned in the effort to save them! Can you determine the difference between a porpoise and a dolphin, become an expert and help us ID these animals in the wild. Explorers will challenge our teachers as they lead their Vaquita to victory by making its way through obstacles at sea!

Session III: North Atlantic Right Whales- These massive whales weigh in at 140,000 pounds and are the world’s most endangered large whale species! In this session, explorers will learn about the threats to these animals and how they can help. Can you help Riley the Right Whale navigate her way through the ocean? Try your flipper at helping her get past natural and unnatural threats through an adventure game!

Session IV: Guadalupe Fur Seals- Did you know that PMMC rescues Guadalupe fur seals? Learn more about previous patients we have helped and their stories! Explorers will get crafty as they puzzle through piecing together what makes a fur seal and an eared seal!

Number of online sessions per program: 4

Session lengths: 1.5 hours

Time: Session I (1 PM PST) or Session II (4PM PST)

Dates: Every Wednesday in the month of January- January 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.

Ages: 8 to 12

Class size: limited to 20 participants per session

Cost per participant: $130.00; Full payment at registration is required to hold a spot for your child.

What supplies will I need?  PMMC will mail a fun kit to you ahead of time which will contain most of the materials your child will need. Other things to have on hand during the program, which are not included in the kit: Scissors, glue, scotch tape, pencils, markers, or crayons.

Refunds: Are only provided for medical emergencies verified by a doctor. Reimbursement is not given for any missed days or cancellations. All proceeds from Ocean Explorers go to the medical care and treatment of our seal and sea lion patients.

Science - STEM - General
Nature
Early Elementary School
Late Elementary School
$