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

Why Volunteer?

What's New!

SHARK SCIENCE WEEK
What makes a shark, a shark?

July 5-12
Come discover the amazing lives of sharks.

SCIENCE SUNDAY
July 19
Whales of Sri Lanka

Discover the unorthodox blue whales of Sri Lanka and Asha de Vos’ efforts to save them.

DISCOVER THE WHARF
30-minute guided tours offer insights into one of the longest wooden piers in the United States. Every Saturday and Sunday during the summer, at 1 and 3 PM. Tours led by Seymour Center docents.

ENVIROTOKEN SUCCESS
Thank you, voters for selecting the Seymour Center as one of six environmental organizations supported by the 2015-16 New Leaf Community Markets Envirotoken Program; starts July 1.

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