Mission

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The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a community-supported marine science education center of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Mission: The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is dedicated to educating people about the role scientific research plays in the understanding and conservation of the world’s oceans.

Through our breathtaking seaside learning center, we bring the adventures and explorations of ocean science to life. Powered by the Long Marine Laboratory, a world-renowned university research facility, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center offers hands-on immersion into the world of ocean exploration and discovery. With a 20,000-square-foot visitor center, guests can touch a shark, explore the latest discoveries in ocean science, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay, called the “Serengeti of the sea,” for its incredible diversity of marine life. The Center offers a deeper dive into the research conducted at Long Marine Lab and a chance for everyone to find their inner scientist through rich experiential learning programs including school field-trips, summer youth programs, Science Sundays, volunteer opportunities, internships, and more.

Read our Annual Report, fiscal year 2016-17.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

SEA OTTER
AWARENESS WEEK
September 22–30, 2018
Join us for this annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
September 30, 2018
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Join us for a Sea Otter Awareness Week special presentation, In the Crosshairs: An Update on the Sea Otter Survival Story.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR UCSC STUDENTS!
Seymour Center has positions open for UCSC students who want to work in a dynamic and exciting environment. To join our team, apply today!

Join our teamATTENTION TEACHERS
Apply NOW for the best science field trip of the year! Submit your application for Discovery Labs today.

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY
Every membership includes free admission for 12 months and other benefits. Join or renew online today!

Join our volunteer teamVOLUNTEER WITH US!
Looking for a way to make a difference? Interested in learning more about marine science and conservation? Feel great, learn lots, and make an impact—that's what happens when you become a Seymour Center volunteer!

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