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March is member appreciation month at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Join Today!

Members, enjoy a shopping spree down by the sea. For all of March, members receive 20% off in the Ocean Discovery Shop* (double the regular member discount). The shop carries an exciting assortment of gifts, books, games, and so much more that will capture the imagination of ocean lovers of all ages.

PLUS, members who visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center during the month of March will receive a free raffle ticket. Three winners will win fun ocean-inspired prizes. Drawing on April 1, 2014. You do not have to be present to win. So come on down to the Center, take a tour, see a sea star, hear a lecture, and get your raffle ticket. One ticket per membership, per visit.

Membership includes:

  • FREE admission for 12 months
  • Discounts at the gift shop
  • Free admission to Science Sundays
  • Priority registration for Ocean Explorers
  • Facility rental opportunities
  • E-newsletters AND much more!

* Discounts do not include sale items, food, and drinks.




Chancellor’s Challenge––Doubling your impact on our ocean science programs

UC Santa Cruz will double the impact of new gifts to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center through a matching gift program. The “Chancellor’s Challenge” will match (on a dollar-for-dollar basis) any new gift or increased levels of giving to the Seymour Center in 2013, up to a maximum of $200,000. The matching funds are made possible by unrestricted gifts from private donors to the campus. Give online now.

Donors will be acknowledged in a large format banner in the Seymour Center during 2014 as well as in UCSC and local publications. Although part of UCSC, the Seymour Center operates on a largely self‐supporting basis. Each year, the center must raise its operating budget, including all salaries and benefits. Learn the many ways you can become involved and support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Double your ocean pleasure with a matching gift from UCSC!

For more information about this challenge, please contact the Center at (831) 459-3800; or give online now.


New! Tours of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf

Wharf Tour.jpg The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is now leading tours on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. Join us for an informative half hour, a half mile out at sea!

  • Tour times are every Saturday and Sunday, year-round, rain or shine, at 1:00 and 3:00 PM. Tours are 30 minutes long.
  • Tours meet on the wharf stage on the west side of the wharf, near Olitas restaurant.
  • Learn about marine research in progress, from clean energy pursuits to marine mammal behavior and conservation. Find out how you can help solve ocean pollution.
  • Docents will be available after tours to provide additional information and answer questions.
  • Tours will be cancelled if the wharf is closed due to weather conditions, or if the tour would conflict with a major event held on the wharf.


New! Gray Whale Mother and Calf Half-Ton Wooden Sculptures

momandcalfA new exhibit, gray whale mother and calf models by master whale sculptor Wick Ahrens and artist Linda Emme, has been installed just inside the Seymour Center entry. The 1/3-scale whale models are carved from solid sugar pine and weigh about 1,000 pounds. It was no small feat to hang them from cables in our ceiling but they are now “swimming” into our exhibit hall. Although gray whales are commonly seen along our local coast today, they were hunted to the edge of extinction in the 1850s. The gray whale was given full protection in 1947. Since that time the Eastern North Pacific gray whale population (the population visible along our coast) has made a remarkable recovery and now numbers between 19,000 and 23,000, probably close to the original size. The sculptures pay homage to this recovery story. The mother and calf replicas will also help visitors understand what they are seeing as these animals literally, travel right by. Gray whales are one of the animal kingdom’s great migrators, with some swimming more than 12,000 miles round-trip between Mexico and Alaska. The Center’s vantage point gives people an outstanding opportunity to see whales from shore as they pass by, hugging the northern edge of Monterey Bay.

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

What’s New?

What's New!

Science Sunday-The Albatrosses of Midway
Sunday, March 16 - Join Breck Tyler for a discussion on the ecology and conservation of Pacific Albatrosses.

Moon Jellies
Come marvel up close at these fascinating marine creatures.

Wharf Tours
Take a tour a half-mile out to sea—without leaving the shore



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