Arts & Entertainment

Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom Present

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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 and his partner, Chris Eckstrom, in celebration of the Monterey Bay, their home for the past 30 years. Frans and Chris will share images and stories about the Central Coast, which is one of the hottest hot spots for biodiversity in North America, according to a study by The Nature Conservancy.  

Monterey Bay’s natural richness is due to a unique combination of microclimates onshore and physical features offshore, and in this presentation Frans and Chris will tie together terrestrial and marine environments to show the dynamic linkages between them. They will portray the Monterey Bay the way they have profiled many other ecosystems worldwide for National Geographic and other publications.  “Bay of Life” will feature a remarkable cast of characters, from mountain lions and condors to sea otters and elephant seals, which coexist in a place that represents a unique convergence of land and sea, where endangered endemics mix with cosmopolitan migrants.  

Join us for a fascinating program about the remarkable place we call home. Proceeds will benefit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab.




David Morrell – Realtor
Wendy Morgan Family Law
John and Enid Rusev
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FRANS LANTING has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world and has been commissioned frequently by National Geographic, where served as a Photographer in Residence. Lanting has received numerous awards for his work, including top honors from World Press Photo, the title of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and Sweden’s Lennart Nilsson Award. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands has inducted him as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, that country’s highest conservation honor.

CHRISTINE ECKSTROM is a writer, editor, and videographer. She is the author of Forgotten Edens and a contributing author of more than 15 books published by the National Geographic Society. Her National Geographic Traveler story, “The Last Real Africa,” earned her a Lowell Thomas Award for Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel. The editor of Life, Jungles, Penguin, Eye to Eye, and Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden, she has also filmed and produced stories for the National Geographic Channel. Eckstrom and Lanting collaborate on fieldwork and publishing projects from their home base in Santa Cruz, California.

Parking: There is plenty of parking on the street all around the Rio. There is also a public parking lot located at 1103 Soquel Avenue.
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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 every day - July and August, 10 AM to 5 PM


Start planning your class field trip to the Seymour Center. Marine science field trip information and applications for the 2016-17 school year are available online now.

Interested in sharing marine science with the public? Join the Seymour Center's volunteer team as an Exhibit Guide or School Programs Instructor.

Thursday, October 20
7-8:30 PM
Understanding Coral Reefs through Marine Science and Woolly Sculptures—A unique perspective on corals, conservation, and crochet craftwork.

Art by Peter Winch
Sept. 20 - Nov. 27

This exhibit will feature large black and white marine artwork from Peter Winch's upcoming illustrated coloring book for adults, The Giant Ocean Coloring Book.

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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