Make the Sanctuary Your Classroom
The Visitor Center's educational programs introduce people of all
ages to the living wonders of the marine sanctuary in our own backyard.
Hold the baleen of a blue whale, feed a giant green anemone, touch the
pelt of a sea otter and feel the saw-like teeth of a white shark.
Hands-on activities create an intimate experience with our marine
world that promotes understanding, appreciation and underscores the
importance of our protected marine sanctuaries.
Located at the west end of Crissy Field, a stones throw from the
Golden Gate Bridge and right on the edge of the sandy beach, the Visitor
Center is an incredible resource for students of the Bay Area. We offer
a range of programs for Pre-K through 12 that compliment California
school standards and excite young people in learning about and exploring
the marine environment.
Choose a particular emphasis such as tidepools, whales or the sharks
of the sanctuary; or focus on key concepts that include adaptations,
food webs, life cycles, or ecosystems. As students understand and
define their roles and impacts in the natural world, a sense of
stewardship is developed so that decisions they make today help
conserve and protect our marine sanctuaries for the future.
Schedule a Visit
The Visitor Center is open for educational programs Monday to Friday from
10am - 4pm. Programs are generally two hours in length and custom
programs are available. Group size is limited to 30, with at least one
adult for every ten students. Please make reservations at least four
weeks in advance. Once your request has been received and scheduled,
a confirmation will be sent with waivers, map and directions.
Educational programs for all school groups are free. Donations made
to the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association are tax deductible and
benefit these programs and the development of exhibits.