Camp Pinniped


Camp Pinniped 2019 Dates Coming Soon!

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 games, arts and crafts.

Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Friday is a Beach Day from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. PMMC does not offer extended day care hours. Cost is $350 per camper.  You may receive a $30 discount to Camp Pinniped if you are a Harbor Seal Club Member or above by using a membership code.

Please call PMMC's Membership Coordinator at 949-494-3050 to verify your membership and receive the code. Tuition is non-refundable, unless proof of emergency.

June 2019

Coming Soon

July 2019

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August 2019

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Camp slots fully booked?

Camp Information

Program spots will not be held for Camp without full payment. All paperwork must be completed to ensure proper registration. Campers who do not have paperwork completed 30 days before their camp start may void their spot to alternate children on the wait list.

  • There is an additional $25.00 fee for any session modifications.

  • Class size limited to 24 campers per session- sign up early for first choice!

  • All proceeds go to treatment of our current patients at the Center!

What to expect at Camp Pinniped?

Our center is an active rehabilitation facility for marine mammals. Our animal care volunteers are responsible for the 24-hour care of these animals. Your child will be able to witness the everyday care of these wild animals, including cleaning pens, moving animals, feeding and providing medical care.

Campers will be able to watch our animal care team in action and will participate in “mock” animal care duties, but they will not be able to touch the animals. Campers will work closely with the animal care staff and will learn rescue procedures and feeding techniques, and participate in daily chores. They will be provided with protective gear including pants, boots, and latex gloves.


Program spots will not be held for camp without full payment. All paperwork must be completed to ensure proper registration. Tuition is non-refundable, unless proof of emergency. Campers who do not have paperwork and tuition completed 30 days before their camp start may void their spot to alternate children on the waitlist. There is a $25 fee for any session modifications.


Children must wear close-toed shoes Monday - Thursday. There is a strong smell of fish in our building. The smell and fish scales can get into clothing, and we ask that children wear old, comfortable clothes rather than expensive new outfits. We recommend your child apply sunscreen and bring a hat and sunglasses for afternoon activities.

Personal Belongings

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

Drop Off/Pick Up

Daily camp sign-in will begin at 8:50am, camp starting at 9:00 am. Enter through the visitors’ gate and wait in our outdoor viewing area. For your child's safety, only authorized individuals (those on the emergency form) will be allowed to sign your child in and out. Individuals may be asked to show ID. Pick up is at 3:00 pm Monday – Thursday at PMMC and 11:00 am Friday at Crescent Bay Beach. Please call 949-494-3050 with any issues.


Each camper should bring a a mid-morning snack and a nutritious sack lunch (please no candy or items containing peanuts in lunches or snacks).

Friday Beach Days

Fridays are beach days. We meet at Crescent Bay Beach in Laguna Beach at 8:15 am. Beach day ends at 11:00 am. A map, including directions, will be sent home with your camper on Thursday. Please bring the PMMC T shirt, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a snack. Due to safety concerns, campers will not be permitted in the water.


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