The Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur is a hospital for ill, injured and orphaned marine mammals. Their primary work is the treatment and release of rescued California sea lions, northern elephant seals, harbor seals and northern fur seals. Through the Center for Marine Studies, the Care Center helps to educate students, schoolteachers, other professionals and the public about the marine sciences and the animals we care for. They also collaborate and network with other agencies, museums and universities toward ongoing research in the marine field to help in the treatment of their patients.
1. Driving directions: Take the Harbor Freeway (110) towards San Pedro and exit at Gaffey (to the left). Drive south about 2 miles. At 25th Street, take care to bear right, and then left through the light to stay on Gaffey. Watch for traffic light at 32nd Street. Turn right on 32nd St. Follow the road up, around and down to the end. Turn right and the Care Center is on the right side behind the Angels Gate School.
2. This trip is suitable for all ages.
3. Cost: $1 per person (CASH only) OR bring a donation item from the wish list
1. Signed Outdoor Afro waiver. You need a new one for each trip you attend. You can download the waiver here
2. Dress in layers as the weather can be variable (sunny and warm or foggy, marine layer)
3. Wear comfortable shoes for walking
4. Wear a hat and apply sunscreen. Bring extra sunscreen to reapply as needed.
5. Bring drinking water in a reusable bottle.
6. Bring your camera or smart phone to share our adventures on social media and document our sightings on Outdoor Afro LA's iNaturalist page