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Sea Lion Center classroom programs offer your students a classroom experience by the Bay. They can also be coupled with a self-guided tour of the Aquarium to further enhance your visit.

Program Length: 1 hour, not including travel time to the Sea Lion Center or optional Self-Guided Aquarium Tour
Days Offered: Monday - Thursday
Times Offered 10:15 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm
Number of Participants: Limit of 35 students and a maximum of 10 adult chaperones per program

Program Options:


Between the Tides: What is life like between the tides? Discover the amazing animals that thrive in the ever-changing habitat where the waves meet the rocky shore. 

Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd grade)

Salmon!: Follow the incredible journey of a salmon’s life cycle from egg to adulthood. Discover the integral role these extraordinary animals play in the ecosystems of the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, and the rivers of California. 

Social Cetaceans and Popular Pinnipeds: Marine mammals are among the most intelligent animals on Earth. Explore how these extraordinary creatures rely on each other to survive in their ocean environment.  

Upper Elementary (3rd – 5th grade)

Food Web of the Bay: Explore the beautiful and complex ecology of the San Francisco Bay and discover the role we play in maintaining its balance.
Sensational Sea Lions: Discover what makes California sea lions so amazing by engaging in the practices of science, biologists use to observe and study PIER 39’s most famous residents. 

Middle School and High School (6th-12th)

Bay Science Lab: Explore the living and nonliving environment of one of the most dynamic and diverse ecosystems in the world, using the same tools that scientists use to study the San Francisco Bay.


The average life span of a California Sea Lion is 20–25 years.
Sea Lions are considered “opportunistic feeders,” eating available prey rather than one species.