Coastal Bluffs and Native Plant Habitat
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s education programs extend beyond the indoor exhibits to include the natural environment outside. Landscape restoration began in 1999, with a major restoration of the entire marine science campus currently underway—an aggressive 20-year project.
The landscape design represents the indigenous coastal bluff communities. Seeds were collected from remnant native plants nearby and on site then propagated specifically for the project.These native plants are drought-tolerant and adapted to the harsh winds and fog of the coastal environment. Even parking areas incorporate a system for treating runoff. Native grasses and wetland species provide “bio-filtration” of drainage water, reduce runoff from the site, and create small areas of wetland habitat.
Nearby, a 25-acre lagoon system and 45 acres of upland terrace feature classic coastal California ecosystems–– fresh- and salt-water wetlands, northern coastal scrub, coastal prairie, and dunes. These protected habitats provide a safe haven for a wide array of wildlife, including over 100 species of resident and migratory birds, bobcats, brush rabbits, and other mammals, amphibians, and fish, including the endangered tidewater goby.