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The Pinniped Pollution Project (PPP) is a grant-funded program that focuses on ocean pollution and its effects on local marine mammals and the environment. This program is limited to 4th and 5th graders and is approximately 2 hours long. Preference will be given (but is not restricted) to Title 1 schools. If your application is not accepted, we may contact you regarding possible program options. The program is free for accepted schools, but they will need to provide and pay transportation upfront for which PMMC will reimburse (up to $300) after the program.
The PPP runs 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Monday – Friday. One classroom will be permitted per day. If your application is not accepted, we may contact you regarding possible program options.
In order to provide data on the effectiveness of this program, students will begin their visit with a short pre-test that will serve as a baseline.
The body of the program consists of three sections:
1. Pollution sources
2. Effects of pollutants on marine life
3. How reducing packaging can reduce the amount of trash in the ocean
At the conclusion of the program students will:
1. Understand the role PMMC plays in our environmental community.
2. Describe how pollution can harm sea life.
3. Explain what they can do to eliminate marine pollution.
Students will be administered a post-test to gauge comprehension of pollution sources, effects, and solutions before they leave the center.
This program brings recently returned post combat warriors to PMMC to engage in a free experience surrounding the rescue and rehabilitation of our patients.
Veterans are introduced to hazards in the animals’ environment created by humans. They witness how injured animals must integrate into the foreign environment of PMMC and how they are nursed back to health. Service members participate in the recovery of the animals and subsequently see someone they cared for go back home.
Along the way, veterans can identify with the struggle of animals that are fighting health battles. Through assisting the animals in the rehabilitation process, a healing process happens for both. Our goal is that, in witnessing the animals’ recovery and return to a normal life at sea, the experience provides a sense of hope that the veterans can draw upon to realize they can accomplish the same.
If you know a recently returned post combat veteran struggling to reintegrate into the civilian world who could benefit from this program please contact the Education Department. Due to the personalized and intense nature of this program as well as the season in which we rehabilitate animals, we can only accommodate a small number of veterans each year.
The Sea Lions for Service Members program can only continue with the generous contributions of people like you. If you would like to help us make a difference in the lives of post combat please donate below.
PMMC is partnering with non-profit organizations that serve children who have difficult backgrounds and are ‘at risk’ of dropping out of school. The program provides free enriching and empowering experiences that expose children to the world of marine mammals, rescue, rehab, research and careers while meeting Next Generation Science Standards, STEM and literacy concepts.
The program not only teaches them about marine mammals, the importance of environmental stewardship and service, but that it is also possible to obtain a successful and fulfilling career by staying in school. Activities in the program aim to build the self-confidence of the children. Observing the animals and hearing their success stories provide a sense of empowerment and inspiration that adversity can be overcome.
As the children progress through their K-12 school experience, they return to PMMC and continue receiving the message that staying in school can lead fun and exciting careers which are within their reach.
Targeted grade levels include 2nd grade, 5th grade, 7th grade, and 11th grade. Each grade range will encounter different and successive programming. The curriculum aims to supplement science and literacy concepts the children are learning in school.
Our current partners include Olive Crest Academy, School on Wheels and the Samueli Academy. Through grants and generous donations, the program is free and includes a bussing reimbursement of up to $300 per program. If your organization serves at risk youth and is interested in partnering with PMMC, please contact our Education Department.
The Saving Seals program can only continue with generous contributions of people like you. If you would like to help us make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged and at risk children please donate below.
PMMC is partnering with Children’s hospitals to provide free distance learning programming that connects all young patients undergoing long term care at the hospital to the seal and sea lion patients here at PMMC in real time.
The program provides the children a connection to the outside world that is fun, interesting and educational. A live web broadcast made available in each of the patients’ rooms. The children are able to interact with the program host by asking questions or offering thoughts throughout the program. The children not only discover new concepts, but can also draw parallels to the rescue and rehabilitation process the animals are going through. Seeing recovered animals return to a normal life at sea also provides a sense of hope the children can draw upon and realize they can accomplish the same. Plush sea lions are provided for each child in the hospital to help them remember this.
If your hospital is interested in participating in this program, please contact the Education Department.
The Healing Seals program can only continue with generous contributions of people like you. If you would like to help us provide this experience for children undergoing treatment in hospitals please donate below.