The Seal Centre Friedrichskoog was established in 1985 as a facility of the municipality of Friedrichskoog and the Landesjagdverband Schleswig-Holstein e.V. (LJV) [hunting association of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein]. From 1992 until spring of 2019 it was run and recognized as a registered non-profit association. In early 2019, a change of the legal form of organization into a gGmbH [non-profit limited liability company] with majority participation of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein took place. Other shareholders are the municipality of Friedrichskoog, the Landesjagdverband Schleswig-Holstein [hunting association of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein], the rural district of Dithmarschen as well as the Schutzstation Wattenmeer [a non-profit association dedicated to the conservation of the Wadden Sea].
The Seal Centre is a unique institution at the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea coast. Its tasks comprise information, rehabilitation and research on native marine mammals. With this unique combination of immersive informational and educational offers, animal welfare and nature oriented rehabilitation of harbour and grey seals, and ongoing research initiatives on species conservation and the ecology of seals, the Seal Centre has occupied an important position in nature conservation and tourism. It has been recognized as a National Park House belonging to a network of National Park information centres for many years and was accepted as a partner of the National Park in the spring of 2019. Since the fall of 2020, the Seal Centre has also been certified as an educational institution for sustainability (NUN).
The Seal Centre has financed its entire operation from 1996 to the start of the construction work exclusively through entrance fees and donations.
On the following pages, you can find out more about the history of the Seal Centre, the team and the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park.
Who we are
Not only the team on-site but also our partners, sponsors and friends are integral parts of the Seal Centre. On the following pages, you will find out more about the team, the history of the Seal Centre and our jobs and responsibilities:
The Seal Centre is located in direct proximity to the Wadden Sea National Park and Natural World Heritage. The protection of this unique habitat is especially important to us and builds a foundation of our work. You can find out more about this topic on the following pages: