Help Train a Sea Lion

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With our unique Sea Lion Encounter, you can go behind the scenes and interact with these charismatic animals. Over the course of approximately 30 minutes, you’ll enjoy an exclusive tour of the California sea lion facility and a special educational presentation on the sea lions, then participate in an exciting sea lion training session alongside Georgia Aquarium’s own animal trainers. The Sea Lion Encounter offers exclusive, up close and personal animal encounters with California sea lions while learning more about the Aquarium’s rescue, research and conservation initiatives.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

For the safety of the animals, guests, and staff, all Animal Program participants will be required to:

  •  Wear a facial covering over mouth and nose AT ALL TIMES.
  • Upon arrive have temperature checked and complete a questionnaire to assess recent illness and/or exposure to COVID.

 Should there be a COVID risk identified, Georgia Aquarium reserves the right to reschedule participants for a later date.

  • If you have had known exposure to a person who has tested positive for Covid 19, we ask that you reschedule your Animal Encounter for at least two weeks in the future. Rescheduling for this reason will not incur any additional charges or fees.
  • All participants will be asked to take a short survey prior to their encounter or program to determine if they have had contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid 19. If that is confirmed, participants will be rescheduled for at least two weeks in the future without any additional charges or fees.

 

Due to the nature of caring for animals, Georgia Aquarium reserves the right to modify, cancel and/ or reschedule programs without notice. Reasonable accommodations will be made to reschedule guests as effectively as possible.

You'll Get To...

  • Interact with a Sea Lion

    Get closer than ever before to our sea lions — close enough to even pet one under the supervision of a trainer.

  • Work With a Trainer

    Learn from trainers who spend countless hours with these animals and can teach you about their habitats, conservation, feeding and more.

  • Take a Pic

    Take home with a pro-grade pic so you can share the memory of this moment with friends and family.

Encounter Photos

Unique Gifts from Georgia Aquarium

Bring the memories home with you! Stop by our gift shop for all your sea lion gifts or shop online here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do participants have to wear a mask?
  • My picture was taken by the professional photographers at Georgia Aquarium, how can I find it?
  • If I buy my tickets online, do I need to print them, or is showing the email on my phone is enough?
  • Do I need to reschedule my Animal Encounter if a friend or family member tests positive for Covid 19?
  • What is Georgia Aquarium doing to help guests and staff stay healthy?
  • What is the purpose of this program/overview of the interactive experience?
  • Are you able to participate in a Sea Lion Encounter with special needs?
  • Are guests welcome to watch? Do they have to buy a ticket?
  • What happens if I am late or cannot make it?
  • Where do I go when I arrive?
  • How do I get to the Aquarium?
  • What are the age requirements?
  • How do I make a reservation?
  • Are reservations required?
  • How much does it cost?
  • What should I bring with me?
  • How long is the program and what will I see?
  • Do I need to make a reservation?
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