Thanks to the Friends of the Elephant Seal and their dedicated docents we took time to learn more about the passion and dedication of the more than 100 volunteers who share their knowledge with visitors. Each docent attends more than 20 hours of classroom training and on-site mentoring.

Meet Abby Adams

Abby Adams has been a volunteer at the rookery for 5 years. She is a world traveler and wildlife activist. She is very involved with the Friend of the Elephant Seal non-profit organization. On your next visit to the rookery, find Abby or one her friends. They will help enrich your experience by teaching you about the elephant seals.

Meet Polly Tatton

While visiting the Central Coast 12 years ago, Polly heard about the magnificent elephant seals in San Simeon. She capitalized on the opportunity to spend more time outdoors talking with visitors. Upon her retirement, she applied to be a volunteer docent. Polly has been a docent since 2008. She has lots of knowledge to share with you about the San Simeon elephant seals.