Give Back Programs

PMMC designed a number of programs to help members of the military, children at risk, children in hospitals as well as classrooms struggling to afford field trip experiences learn about ocean conservation.

Each program is free of charge to each group. YOU can make a difference in both the lives of the animals, and to one of these special groups in need. Please consider a donation to sponsor one of the below give back programs.

Claire Horseman, U.S Coast Guard, releasing California sea lion Ensign.

Claire Horseman, U.S Coast Guard, releasing California sea lion Ensign.

Sea Lions for Service Members

Sea Lions for Service Members is a donor and grant funded program intended to bring recently returned military service members to PMMC to discover and assist with the rescue and rehabilitation work that we do. During the program, veteran’s witness the struggle of animals fighting health battles and how these patients must integrate into a foreign environment and later prepare for going back to their ocean home. While service members aid the animals in the rehabilitation process, a healing process happens for both. The program culminates with the veteran opening a crate and sending a sea lion back home. Observing the seal and sea lions’ recovery and return to a normal life at sea can provide a sense of hope that the veterans can draw upon to realize they can accomplish the same.

Help support this program! Please donate today.

Do you know a veteran that could benefit from the program? Contact us!


Saving Seals

PMMC is partnering with non-profit organizations that serve children with disadvantaged backgrounds who are considered ‘at risk’ who don’t typically get the opportunity to visit places like Pacific Marine Mammal Center. These children are less likely to successfully transition into adulthood as a positive member of society. Children who live in poverty are more likely to be at risk.

The Saving Seals program will provide an enriching and empowering experience that exposes children to the world of wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and science while meeting a variety of STEM concepts. The program will introduce them to marine mammals, environmental stewardship and service as well as interesting and fulfilling careers they can aspire to 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 will provide a sense of hope and inspiration that adversity can be overcome. This program is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and is tailored to the needs of the students in the program.

MMC is currently partnering with Olive Crest Academy, Orangewood’s Samueli Academy, OC CASA, Casa Youth Shelter, Laguna Beach Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Bikers Against Child Abuse, OC Rescue Mission, OC Big Brothers and Sisters and Project Hope Alliance.

Help support this program! Please donate today.

Are you an organization serving at risk youth interested in the Saving Seals program? Contact us!

Pinniped Pollution Project (PPP)

PMMC educates the next generation of ocean stewards! The Pinniped Pollution Project, brings 35 students to PMMC and provides the opportunity to see recovering marine mammals. This program helps teach them the impact trash has on the marine environment and what students can do in their homes to minimize the amount of trash they create.

Sponsor a classroom of 35 students and ultimately, you are helping clean up our oceans and improving habits for a healthier planet. By sponsoring a classroom, you provide the supplies, instruction, and take-home learning items for all students. You will receive a personalized "Thank You" letter from the students as well as your name recognized on the Classroom Donor Recognition wall.

Are you interested in our Pinniped Pollution Program? Contact us!

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Healing Seals

Healing Seals is a free 30 to 45 minute interactive, educational distance learning program specifically developed to enhance the lives of adolescent patients undergoing treatment at children’s hospitals. It was piloted in 2016 with the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in California through their Ryan Seacrest Studio and has since expanded to hospitals across the United states.

During the program children are able to draw parallels to the rehabilitation process the marine mammal patients are undergoing at PMMC’s hospital. Seeing recovered animals return to a normal life at sea may provide a sense of hope that the children can draw upon and realize they can accomplish the same. Throughout their virtual visit, children explore concepts in marine science, marine and fresh water conservation as well as science careers.

As funds allow, the children will be sent both small plush sea lions as well as trading cards with the stories of several animals who successfully finished rehabilitation and returned to their ocean home.

Are you interested in our Healing Seals program? Contact us!