For those in the know, the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands is one of the true wonders of the Bay Area, treating more than 600 animals a year and serving as one of the largest marine mammal hospitals in the world to combine animal rehabilitation with an onsite research lab – all on the repurposed site of a former Nike missile silo.

Everyone from longtime fans to those with their head in the sand have an opportunity to learn even more about the organization at a free, public event at the Outdoor Art Club on Thursday, March 1 at 1pm.

The event features animal care volunteer Mitch Fong talking about the story of the center, the exciting work happening there and plans for its future. The center relies on more than 1,200 volunteers and a staff of 60 people to do its work, which includes caring for more than 200 animals at once and advancing global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research and public education.

The 411: On Thursday, March 1 at 1pm, the Outdoor Art Club hosts a talk from Marine Mammal Center animal care volunteer Mitch Fong. Free and open to the public, with light refreshments served. Attendees are encouraged to bring old towels to donate for use with the animals. 1 West Blithedale Avenue.