Camp Pinniped


Camp Pinniped

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.

Camp Hours

Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm and Friday at an offsite location TBD.

Monday - Thursday drop off will be at 9:00 am and pick up at 3:30 pm. Please enter through the visitors’ gate and wait in our outdoor viewing area.

Friday drop off will be at 8:30 am, and pick-up at 11:00 am at an offsite location TBD.

*NEW: PMMC will be offering an optional extended day care program before and after our regular summer camp hours (except on Fridays).

Extended Day Care Program Hours (Monday-Thursday):

Drop Off: 8:15 am for an additional fee of $7 a day per child

Pick Up: 4:15 pm for an additional fee of $7 a day per child

Parents will have the chance to sign up for the extended day care program when they register their child for Camp Pinniped. We will not accept ‘drop ins’ for our extended day care program. Children who are not pre-registered for this program will be checked in/out during our regular camp hours.

2019 Camp Pinniped Schedule

Through a series of fun presentation, activities and experiments, 2019 campers will learn about human impacts on the environment including: pollution, entanglement, climate change, chemical runoff, ocean acidification, micro plastics, and bio accumulation. Kids are empowered with things they can do, both big and small to help reduce these problems and make a difference!

Day 1:  Intro to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center Day

·         Intro to Pacific Marine Mammal Center including the different species of marine mammals we rescue and rehabilitate

·         Hospital Tour

·         Symbolic Animal Adoptions

·         Kelp forests, urchins and otters

·         Sea Urchin Dissection Lab

·         A look at ocean acidification through ocean chemistry experiments


Day 2: Pinniped Day

·         Discover pinnipeds including: seals, sea lions, and walruses

·         Explore fur seal life history, adaptations, and biological importance

·         Animal Feeding Observations

·         Tie-Dye T-Shirt Activity

·         Mock marine mammal rescue & animal intake lab

·         Seals & Sardines: a game looking at bio accumulation

·         Pinnipeds, Parasites and Plastics: Microscope Activity


Day 3: Cetaceans

·         Discover whales and dolphins

·         Investigate humpback whale life history, adaptations, and biological importance

·         Making animal enrichment items

·         A Fishery Mystery: a game exploring fishery impacts on whales

·         Animal behavior observations

·         Mock marine mammal rehabilitation activity

·         How do rescue and rehabbers do it? A marine mammal problem solving activity

Day 4: Exotic Marine Mammals

·         Animal enrichment observations

·         Beaked whale life history, adaptations, and biological importance

·         Re-purpose craft activity

·         Making marine mammal meals and hospital unit cleaning

·         Shark Tank! Camper presentations of ideas to combat environmental issues (Parents invited!)

Day 5: Beach Day!

·         Beach Clean-Up

·         What’s in the sand?: sieving for micro plastics activity

·         Tide pool investigations (tide dependent)

·         Marine mammal sand sculptures contest

·         Marine food web relay race

 What to Bring:

  • Small, non-perishable, mid-morning snack.

  • Lunch –send a hearty, non-perishable lunch with your camper each day, keep in mind that we DO NOT provide refrigeration. NO PEANUTS in your child’s snack or lunch.

  • Extra set of clothing.

  • Sunscreen – we will remind campers to reapply after lunch

Camp Information:

Full payment at registration is required to hold a spot for you child. The cost of one week of enrollment in Camp Pinniped (not including extended day care before and after camp sessions) is $350 per camper. *We will be offering a discounted rate of $320 per camper the week of July 4th. 

Waste-Free Lunches: 

Much of the trash we generate comes from the packaging on the food we buy, and lunch foods are no exception. We encourage campers to bring waste-free lunches that include reusable food containers, drink containers, and utensils. 


All personal items need to be labeled including backpacks, water bottles, lunches and clothes. Pacific Marine Mammal Center is not responsible for any lost/stolen personal items

Personal Belongings

Please make sure to label everything your camper brings, including food items. We are not responsible for lost items.

What to Leave at Home:

  • Cell phones- they are not permitted during camp hours

  • All electronics

  • Anything breakable or valuable

  • Flip-flops, crocs, slip-on shoes

  • Campers must be between the ages of 8 and 13 years old.

  • Class size is limited to 24 campers per session-sign up early to select your first choice of a camp week!

  • All parents/guardians are required to sign their child in and out of camp daily.

  • At Camp Pick-Up all individuals will be asked to show a photo ID.

  • To add an authorized pick up person please notify a Camp Counselor at morning drop-off or call and speak directly with a camp staff member.

  • There is an additional $20.00 fee for switching camp weeks after sign up.

  • If a parent or authorized person is late picking up a camper the credit card on file will be charged a late fee of $1 per minute after the first five minutes. 

  • Refunds are only provided for medical emergencies verified by a doctor, not for any missed days or cancellations. All proceeds go to the medical care and and treatment of the patients at PMMC!

What to Wear:

Children may get dirty while attending camp. There is also a strong smell of fish in our building. The smell of fish and fish scales can get into clothing, because of this we ask that children wear old, comfortable clothes.

  • Comfortable clothing that can get dirty and wet

  • Sneakers or boots and socks - closed toed shoes

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

Camp 2019 Dates

June 2019

Mon. June 10th-Fri. June 14th

Mon. June 24th-Fri. June 28th

July 2019

Mon. July 1st-Fri. July 5th *

Mon. July 8th-Fri. July 12th

Mon. July 15th-Fri. July 19th

Mon. July 22nd-Fri. July 26th

Mon. July 29th-Fri. August 2nd

August 2019

Mon. August 5th-Fri. August 9th

Mon. August 12th-Fri. August 16th

* We will be offering a discounted rate of $320 per camper the week of July 4th

Junior Camp Counselor Volunteer Program:

If you are 14-17 years old, you may apply for our Junior Camp Counselor Volunteer Program. As a Junior Counselor you will gain experience setting up hands on labs and activities, mentoring young children, and much more. This a fun way to earn community service hours and learn more about our marine environment.


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What People Are Saying About Camp Pinniped

Great job! The counselors were very attentive to the children! Thanks for a very worthwhile camp. Bailey just said: “Camp Pinniped was the best!
— 8/8/2017 11:15 AM
We haven’t found a better camp! Everyone did an amazing job. We drove about two hours each day to be there and it was well worth it!
— 6/28/2017 4:17 PM