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The Seymour Marine Discovery Center resides on UCSC’s Coastal Science Campus, a dynamic hub for research, education, and policy programs that address coastal and ocean conservation and management issues. Here, some of the world’s best coastal and marine scientists, government and non-government experts, and public education leaders create synergies that result in discovery and effective conservation solutions. The Center is the public face of this work.

With the existing seawater system, laboratory research and teaching facilities, natural reserve lands, public education center, and co-located governmental and non-profit partners, the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

The vision for the Coastal Science Campus includes:

  • Continuing development of premier facilities such as the Center for Ocean Health, an interdisciplinary research and education center focused on marine conservation biology.
  • Engaging in a major upgrade of marine mammal pools that will provide the capacity for researchers to better study fascinating and important marine species—from sea otters to elephant seals.
  • Expanding and evolving the Seymour Center’s interior exhibits to better reflect the current research ongoing on the Coastal Science Campus.
  • Protection and aggressive restoration of the surrounding and encompassing Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve.
  • Developing greater public access and educational opportunities through a series of trails and wayside interpretive overlooks.
  • Building much-needed infrastructure including equipment storage and support facilities.

Grow with us on this dynamic hub for research, education, and policy programs that address ocean conservation and management issues. Get involved today!

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


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What's New!

Science Sunday:
The Extreme Life of the Sea

Sunday, September 21
Join biologist Steve Palumbi and author Anthony Palumbi, for unforgettable stories of some of the most marvelous life forms on Earth––the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans. You'll be amazed!

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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