Become a Seymour Marine Discovery Volunteer and
- contribute to the community
- explore the ocean and sea life
- learn about exciting marine science research firsthand from the experts
- attend special field trips, seminars, lectures, and outings
- make new friends
- share your knowledge with children and visitors from around the world
- enjoy social events and potlucks
- receive discounts in the Ocean Discovery Shop
- earn courtesy guest passes
It could change your life!
“Loved our visit here. Touch pools were so fun and the staff are so knowledgeable. One docent was our favorite, thank you Jack for being so much fun. The center is lucky to have such great volunteers.” J.W., Folsom, CA
Over 200 volunteers continually support the Center in a variety of ways, from teaching underserved kids to painting whale bones to leading tours as a docent. Volunteers support day-to-day operations and many education programs that benefit the community. In return,our volunteers get a lifelong learning opportunity.
UCSC student interns can receive academic credit (up to 5 units) by assisting with visitor and school programs as well as helping to develop projects for public displays, programs, and exhibits.
Volunteer Enrichment Series
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center provides many opportunities for veteran volunteers to continue to learn. Volunteers are encouraged to choose from a variety of activities that hone their skills, increase their knowledge, and keep them highly engaged. Each year, 25-30 presentations by marine scientists, policy/resource managers, or professional educators are available to our volunteers. Special behind-the-scenes activities with researchers in their labs or with experts in the field are also offered.
Typical field experiences include visiting Año Nuevo State Reserve to observe northern elephant seals, a trip to a local abalone farm, tidepooling, or visiting The Marine Mammal Center. Enrichments are designed to excite volunteers while furthering their understanding of natural history, marine research, resource management, and human impacts on the marine environment.