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Animal-Related Activities

Love animals? Plan a fun activity to go see some! 

There are so many fun and interesting activities available to get out to see, help and connect with the other fascinating creatures of our planet -- whether birds, fish, bugs, or warm and fuzzy beasts! 

It's so easy to love animals.  Connecting with the beautiful creatures of our planet makes it so clear that we need to protect the habitats where they live and need to find food. Animals are a heart-warming gateway into exploring the broader ecosystems in which we all live, where every one thing affects another, and can make a real impact on the lives of animals. 

Explore Marine Animal Activities

Whale Watching

 Set sail on a whale watching adventure to marvel at the grace of humpbacks, orcas, and other marine species in their natural habitat, gaining valuable insights into their behaviors, migration patterns, and conservation.

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Dive into the captivating world of aquariums, where you can marvel at vibrant tropical fish and intriguing sharks, all while gaining valuable insights into marine conservation and the delicate balance of underwater ecosystems.

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Seals & Sea Lions

Observing seals and sea lions in their natural habitat provides a delightful and educational experience. These charismatic marine mammals captivate with their playful behaviors, distinctive calls, and social interactions. 

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Embarking on an adventure to explore tidepools unveils a hidden world teeming with fascinating marine organisms. As the tide recedes, these intertidal zones reveal a diverse array of colorful anemones, starfish, crabs, and other captivating creatures. 

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Marine Rescue

A visit to a marine wildlife rehabilitation center provides an opportunity to witness the caring dedication to healing injured, sick, or stranded marine animals such as seals, sea lions, and otters, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat. 

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Snorkeling & Scuba 

Snorkeling and scuba diving offer an immersive way to learn about the world's marine biodiversity, providing intimate encounters with a dazzling array of fish species, intricate coral ecosystems, and the captivating life they sustain.

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Explore Land Animal Activities

(Ethical) Zoos

Visit AZA-accredited zoos for an enriching experience that balances immersive learning and animal welfare. Ethical zoos provide animals with naturalistic habitats, contribute to vital conservation efforts, and promote educational awareness, making your visit a step towards supporting global biodiversity.

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Natural History Museums

Natural history museums showcase diverse animal species, their habitats, and evolution. These institutions offer an immersive educational experience, allowing you to journey through time and gain a deeper understanding of our planet's incredible biodiversity.

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Animal Sanctuaries

Animal sanctuaries offer a unique opportunity to connect with rescued wildlife in an environment focused on their well-being and rehabilitation. By visiting these compassionate havens, you can learn about various species and support crucial efforts to provide them a safe and nurturing home.

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Volunteer for Animals

Donate Your Time & Talent to Help Animals in Need

There are so many fun, fulfilling and impactful ways that you can get involved with helping animals. You could volunteer at an animal shelter, or organize events for wildlife conservation organization, or donate some of your higher level professional skills. You could even join a board of directors or advisory board.  Browse our directory of animal-related nonprofits to see what strikes your fancy! You could really help an animal in need....

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Featured Animal Organizations

Check out these organizations for fun animal-related activities.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers visitors an immersive journey into the rich and diverse marine life of the Monterey Bay, featuring engaging exhibits, interactive displays, and educational programs that promote marine conservation.

886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940. Tel: 831-648-4800.

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Oakland Zoo

The Oakland Zoo offers an engaging and educational glimpse into global wildlife, featuring over 850 native and exotic animals in meticulously recreated habitats that encourage understanding and conservation.  The Oakland Zoo is Accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605. Tel: 510-632-9525.

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The Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito is an unparalleled resource for marine animal rescue and rehabilitation, offering educational tours and programs that provide unique insights into the health of our oceans and its inhabitants. 

2000 Bunker Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965. Tel: 415-289-7325.

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California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences captivates visitors with its state-of-the-art planetarium, vibrant aquarium, natural history museum, and a living rainforest, all under one roof, promoting a deeper understanding of the world's biodiversity. 

55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. Tel: 415-379-8000.

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Animal Place Sanctuary

The Animal Place Sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA is a remarkable refuge committed to rescuing and rehabilitating abused and neglected farmed animals, offering visitors an educational experience highlighting the importance of animal welfare and compassionate living. 

17314 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley, CA 95949. Tel: 530-477-1757.

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Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society is a renowned environmental organization dedicated to bird conservation and habitat preservation, offering extensive educational resources and organizing birder field trips that foster a deep appreciation for the diversity and importance of avian species. 

Check website for 450+ local chapters.

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