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SMDC from Bay

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

Spotlight!

FRANS LANTING AND CHRIS ECKSTROM PRESENT: BAY OF LIFE
A Celebration of California's Central Coast

Saturday, February 6, 2016
SOLD OUT!

SCIENCE SUNDAY
No Wetsuit Required
Sunday, February 21
Come and hear Dr. Jessie Sanders, of Aquatic Veterinary Services of Northern California, share “tails” of adventure from under the waves!

GLOBAL OCEANS AWARDS GALA
Honoring M. Sanjayan, conservation scientist and host of the 2015 BBC/PBS special "Big Blue Live."
Saturday, March 5, 2016.
Now accepting reservations.

2015-2016
SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Attention Teachers!
Space is still available for K-14 marine science education programs at the Seymour Center.

OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION
You'll see a lot of construction taking place here at the Coastal Science Campus but know, the Seymour Center is open for business as usual. Come visit!

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