Nature Center

Learn more about California sea lions and pinnipeds around the world. Interact with specially-trained naturalists, see and touch genuine artifacts, and participate in exciting classroom programs. See life-size sea lion models, an enormous white shark replica, an actual sea lion skeleton, a map of pinnipeds around the world and so much more!

The Nature Center also offers a small selection of merchandise ranging from fun kids' books and souvenirs, to Sea Lion Center apparel. Your purchase will support the operation and educational mission of the Sea Lion Center. Thank you.

Join our Naturalists for free presentations every hour on the half hour starting at 10:30 am. Our professional Naturalists will deliver a presentation from the following 4 chats:

Sea Lion Shenanigans:

Learn all about the boisterous pinnipeds outside including their adaptations, behaviors, and importance to the San Francisco Bay ecosystem and us!

Sea Lions and the Ghosts Below:

Dive in and learn about the amazing adaptations of the California Sea Lions as well as the impacts different fishing methods have on marine life and us. Learn about some innovative solutions to the increasing problem of marine debris and how you can get involved.

Fishing For Our Future:

Join us at the “Bay Café” and test your knowledge on sustainable seafood with our Naturalists during this fun interactive presentation. Learn how some seafood choices are better than others and what we can do to help.

What's For Dinner?:

Come on a journey and learn the brief history about the Sea Lions at PIER 39, why they stay, why we need them, and why they need us!


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