Without volunteer support we cannot continue our day-to-day operations and our many programs that benefit the community. 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. In return,our volunteers get a lifelong learning opportunity in addition to the following benefits:
- Contributing to the community
- Exploring the ocean and sea life
- Learning about exciting research firsthand from the experts
- Receiving discounts in the Ocean Discovery Shop
- Attending special field trips, seminars, lectures, and outings
- Making new friends
- Sharing knowledge with children and visitors from around the world
- Enjoying social events and potlucks
- Earning courtesy guest passes
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.