Arts & Entertainment

Frans Lanting Presents

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A Celebration of California’s Central Coast

Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Two shows: 3 PM or 7 PM
Rio Theatre
Santa Cruz, CA

$23 General Admission/$19 Seymour Center Members

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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Join us for a special presentation by renowned photographer Frans Lanting in celebration of the Monterey Bay, his home ground for the past 30 years. Frans will share images and stories about the Monterey Bay region–one of the hottest hot spots for biodiversity in North America, according to The Nature Conservancy.

The Bay’s natural richness is due to an unusual combination of microclimates onshore and physical features offshore, and Frans’s presentation will tie together terrestrial and marine environments to show the dynamic linkages between them. He portrays the Monterey Bay the way he has profiled exotic ecosystems on other continents, but with a personal perspective embedded in the story.  His images feature a remarkable cast of characters, from mountain lions and condors to sea otters and elephant seals, in a place that represents a unique convergence of land and sea, where endangered endemics mix with cosmopolitan migrants.

Join us for a fascinating afternoon or evening of discoveries and insights about the remarkable region many of us call home.

Sponsored by:

Jo Lynne and Fred Jones

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Celebrate a new book

By Gary Griggs and Deepika Shrestha Ross
Photography by Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman
Learn about California’s 1,100-mile ever-changing coastline. This new book features 150 of the best photographs from this scientifically valuable, yet truly artistic collection of more than 80,000 images taken by Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman. Oceanographer Gary Griggs and architect Deepika Shrestha Ross provide insightful narrative, describing the natural features, their changes over time, and human efforts to tame them.Screen shot 2014-05-05 at 1.21.43 PM

Books available for purchase in the Ocean Discovery Shop.

Sponsored by Allterra Solar

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Sunflower StarFrom time to time, ocean science runs squarely into art, literature, film, and more. From film previews to book signings, these evening activities are a relaxed and informative way to experience ocean and nature-inspired art and media.

Past activities include spectacular photographic shows, film previews, book signings and talks from authors, mixed media work as well as presentations. Join us for formal presentations or informal meet-and-greets with artists and authors throughout the year.

Below are examples of past events.

Artwork, photography, or exhibit openings

  • Running the Numbers, Chris Jordan (mixed media, traveling exhibit)
  • Tiny Drifters, Laura Beach (educational and graphic presentation of diatoms)
  • Sea Otters from Bryant Austin (photography)
  • Radiographs from the California Academy of Science
  • Peregrine Falcons from Glen Nevill (photography)
  • Underwater in Black and White, Art Hazeltine (photography)
  • Whimsical Visions of Undersea Life, Ket Tom-Conway (watercolor paintings)

Film openings or sneak previews

  • Coastal Clash
  • A Seal’s Life
  • Keiko, Beyond the Headlines

Book signings

  • Terrie Williams, “The Hunter’s Breath”
  • Gary Griggs, several titles
  • Todd Newberry, “The Ardent Birder: On the Craft of Birdwatching”
  • Marc Shargell, “Wonders of the Sea”
  • Lucy Spellman, “The Rhino with the Glue-on Shoes, and Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets”

Other special events

Presentations by photographer and conservationist Frans Lanting
Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake

Please check our calendar for current offerings.

Days & Hours

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


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

September 20

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.

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

September 20-26

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

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

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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