Why Volunteer?

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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.

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM
Open Mondays, July and August
Holiday Closure, July 3-4

Spotlight!

BIG BLUE LIVE
A live television event celebrating some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures airing August 31 – September 2 at 8 PM on PBS.

SCIENCE SUNDAY
September 20
EVOLUTION IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Join assistant professor Eric Palkovacs as he describes the way humans are shaping evolution on our planet today, through his work focusing on freshwater and marine ecosystems.

2015-2016
SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Attention Teachers!
Information and applications now available for K-14 marine science education programs at the Seymour Center.

SEA OTTER
AWARENESS WEEK
September 20-26

Visit the Seymour Center all week for special otter activities. Free public lecture, September 23, 7PM.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
VOLUNTEER!
Now recruiting for volunteers for two programs: School Programs Instructors and Exhibit Guides. Join the fun!

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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