For the Classroom


Field Trips

Investigate the world of marine mammals and discover the demanding work of our dedicated Animal Care rehabilitation team at PMMC through our one-hour educational programs. Join us as we share our seal and sea lion’s journey from a PMMC Rescue, to Rehab to their Release back to their ocean home. Or learn about the amazing adaptions marine mammals have made from a terrestrial and aquatic lifestyle including their sense of sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch as compared with our own human senses. Ocean Conservation plays an integral part in all of our Field Trips. As a lot of our patients are affected by human trash, we offer everyday solutions that everyone can put into action. Each field trip includes the opportunity to view our current seal and sea lion patients and hear about past and present patient stories. All of our education programs align with Next Generation Science Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles. We are happy customize Field Trips for most age groups, from youngsters to seniors.


Distance Learning Programs

Can’t make it to Laguna Beach California to visit PMMC in person? Live in another City, State? Another Country? No problem! Let us bring marine mammals to you!

From our computer to yours, our Marine Educators will impart facts about marine mammals and the environment we share, delight with patient success stories and inform you about the dangers marine life face and things we can do about it. Our Distant Learning Programs are specifically tailored to your audience’s interests, age group and grade level; K-12 classrooms, afterschool programs, scout groups, college groups, senior centers and more.

Learn the process of how PMMC rescues, rehabilitates and releases seals and sea lions back into their ocean home. See first hand how our over use of plastic effects marine life and discover ways we can change our habits to help. Or learn about the amazing adaptations marine mammals have for a semi or fully aquatic life in the ocean.  Ocean Conservation plays an integral part in our presentations. Using real stories of patients affected by human trash, we offer everyday solutions that everyone can put into action. All of our education programs align with Next Generation Science Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles. We are happy customize Field Trips for most age groups, from youngsters to seniors.


Change the Life of a Seal

Change The Life of a Seal is a service learning project and fundraiser for elementary school kids that not only helps teachers instill the joy of ocean conservation in their students, but also introduces them to philanthropy in a fun and motivating way.  All donations go to fish, water and medicine for our patients here at PMMC. Each animal can cost more than $2,500 from rescue to release. Students collect spare change, hold bake sales and environmentally friendly car washes, all while sharing solutions to ocean pollution (reduce-reuse-recycle, reusable shopping bags and water bottles, etc.) Each classroom has the potential to earn motivational prizes that will help them celebrate different monetary milestones. While raising money for their philanthropic goal it also raises environmental consciousness and compassion in our youth. We are grateful for all the past and future participants of this program, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the care, support and passion of our community.


Pinniped Pollution Project (PPP)

The Pinniped Pollution Project (PPP) is a free program for 4th and 5th grade classrooms from Orange County that focuses on ocean pollution in the watershed and its effects on our local marine mammals and our environment.  The program and bussing is complimentary due to grants and the donations of our generous benefactors which allow us to teach between 3500 and 4000 children each year.

After touring the center to learn about the process of rescuing, rehabilitating and release of seals and sea lions, students learn from our marine educators how some of our everyday habits can result in how animals come into our hospital. These stories are then used to demonstrate the current pollution problems generated on land which run off into coastal waters, illuminating the impact our individual and collective daily habits.

 Children enjoy two hands-on activities meant to inspire ocean conservation. Our impact through the watershed is exemplified when kids interact with a watershed model to learn how trash from their neighborhoods can make it out to the ocean through storm drains, causing potential danger to all marine life.  They also learn how long it takes for many types of trash to breakdown and the importance of reducing our waste. Students then create campaigns designed to share their knowledge of ocean conservation. They demonstrate their Ocean Stewardship by making their own visual Anti-Pollution Presentation focused on reducing and eliminating single-use plastic, skipping the straw, and reducing packaging waste, which they present to their classmates at the end of the program.