How to Apply

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive a 2017 Ocean Explorers brochure, call the Seymour Center at (831) 459-3800. Brochures will be available in spring 2017. Due to the popularity of programs, participation is determined by a random drawing of applicants.

  1. Download an application (2017 application available March 1, 2017).
  2. Mail completed applications to:
    Seymour Marine Discovery Center
    Attn: Ocean Explorers
    100 McAllister Way
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  3. Completed applications must be received by 5 PM, Thursday, April 13, 2017, to be included in the random drawing. If applying after April 13, 2017, you will be contacted if space is available.
  4. Applications are accepted by mail only. We do NOT accept applications by fax, phone, or e-mail.

Members Priority Registration

Members (at the Dual/Family membership level or higher) of the Friends of Long Marine Lab receive priority registration and a reduced fee for Ocean Explorers programs (see Session Fees). All applications received from current members by 5 PM, Thursday, April 13, 2017, will be included in the first random drawing before applications from the general public are drawn. Membership will NOT GUARANTEE your child a space in Ocean Explorers, but does afford your application priority over the general public. If you would like to become a member or are unsure of your membership status, call (831) 459-3800.

Confirmation and Payment

  1. After the random drawing, selected applicants for each program will be contacted by phone, by 5 PM, Friday, April 21, 2017. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list for each program they selected.
  2. Selected applicants must supply full payment by 5 PM, Friday, May 5, 2017. If payment is not received, your space cannot be held and will be offered to the next applicant on the waiting list.
  3. Applicants placed on the waiting list for programs will receive a letter in early May informing them of their application status. Space occasionally becomes available, and wait-listed applicants are called until the space is filled.

Refund Policy

When notified of a cancellation at least two weeks in advance, we will attempt to fill the vacancy. If a replacement is found, we will refund the program cost minus a $50 cancellation fee. If we do not find a replacement, we are unable to refund any portion of the program fee.

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Join us for this elegant event honoring Sam Farr, 2017 Global Oceans Hero.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dive into Life at the Seashore and the Next Generation Science Standards. Register today!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Explore an underwater web of life through activities designed especially for homeschool families.

Schedule the best field trip of the year! Openings still available for Reserved School Tours and Self-guided Exhibit Explorations.

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!

Apply today for this exciting opportunity––Seymour Center Volunteer Coordinator/ Education Associate.


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