What: Docent-Led Discussion of Elephant Seals
When: Daily from 10am to 4pm
Reservation Needed: No

Docents are at the rookery daily from 10am to 4pm, and often longer during the busy season. Docents can be spotted in royal blue coats and are available to answer your questions, show photos and share information about the seals. Learn more about our docent volunteers.

The Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1, seven miles north of San Simeon is the only Northern Elephant Seal Rookery in the world that is easily accessible, free, and open to the public every day of the year. The Northern Elephant Seal migrates thousands of miles twice each year, from the open oceans to a land-based rookery, where it breeds, births, molts, and rests between trips. Piedras Blancas is home to over 24,000 animals that range from 70 lbs. newborn pups to 5,000 lbs. adult males. See these magnificent marine mammals up close on one of the prettiest coastlines in California. Best times are October through May with the big show (birthing and breeding) in January and February. Ensure a safe and pleasant viewing experience for everyone by following NOAA’s marine wildlife viewing guidelines.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Friends of the Elephant Seal

Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.

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