Dear Friends, 

The Friends of the Elephant Seal will celebrate the Grand Opening of their expanded Elephant Seal Visitor Center on Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The new 1000- sq.ft. Elephant Seal Visitor Center provides informative exhibits, in-depth resources, educational programs, a live-streaming seal cam and unique elephant seal gifts. The San Simeon-based Visitor Center provides an easily accessible location to help visitors learn more about the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery before or after their visit to the Elephant Seal Viewing Area, 7.8 miles to the north.  The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal rookery is home to the largest mainland colony of northern elephant seals, estimated at 25,000 seals.

The day will start with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:00 AM.  The program will feature research and educational presentations, children’s story time, book signings, a Seal Science exhibit and surprises for all!   Visitors will be able to experience how blubber keeps seals warm as they dive into the cold, dark waters to forage. They will also have the opportunity to learn more about elephant seal anatomy, their diet and one of their local predators, through hands-on exhibits.

Friends of the Elephant Seal guides will be available in the Visitor Center throughout the day to provide in-depth information and elephant seal safe viewing guidelines for visitors. Guides will also be available at the Elephant Seal Viewing area from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. State Park staff will provide a guided walk along the Boucher Trail, which includes several remote elephant seal look-outs.

There is no charge for the event. The schedule for the day is available on the Friends of the Elephant Seal website at:

The Elephant Seal Visitor Center is located in the Cavalier complex at 250 San Simeon Ave, Suite 5A and is open daily from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Friends of the Elephant Seal Guides look forward to answering all your questions. You can view elephant seal activity at the Piedras Blancas Rookery streaming live on a spectacular video screen.

The Elephant Seal Visitor Center is NOW OPEN DAILY, 10 AM-4 PM, for “one-stop” elephant seal information, exhibits, unique gifts, programs and our streaming LIVE seal cam!  Hope you’ll visit soon.

Thank you for your continuing support,

Friends of the Elephant Seal
[email protected]


11:00 AM Ribbon Cutting
250 San Simeon Ave, Suite 5A
San Simeon, CA 93452

12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Elephant Seal Science Exhibit
Blubber Demonstration
Elephant Seal Diet
Avoiding Predators

 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Live presentations

(Learn about the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Colony)

12:00 PM
Team Ellie: A Look Inside the Cal Poly Northern Elephant Seal Research Program

1:00 PM 
Seasons at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

 2:00 PM 
A Year in the Life of a Female Elephant Seal
3:00 PM 
A Year in the Life of a Male Elephant Seal – Becoming a Beachmaster

12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Children’s Story Time

10 AM-4:00 PM

Molting Miroungas!!
See all the Summer Molt Action
Free Gifts for All
Meet our Docents at Visitor Center and Elephant Seal Viewing Area


Time TBD
Adventures with Nature

Guided Walk on the Boucher Trail
(Meet at the Trailhead, in small parking area north of the Elephant Seal viewing area)



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