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 2017-18.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

Join our volunteer teamVOLUNTEER WITH US!
Now recruiting for volunteer Docents. Join the fun and learn how to teach the public about ocean conservation and marine science! Apply Now!

NATURE JOURNALING TEACHER WORKSHOP
November 16, 2019
Practice using nature journals to learn how students can deepen observations and questioning skills.

COMMUNITY FREE DAY
November 12, 2019
Enjoy free admission to the Seymour Center all day, 10 AM–5 PM.

UCSC STUDENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Now accepting proposals for the 2019-20 Student Research and Education Awards. Application deadline: November 15, 2019.

SCIENCE SUNDAY
November 17, 2019
1:30–2:30 PM
Join us for our upcoming Science Sunday, “Floating on the Edge: Physiology, Ecology, and Recovery of Southern Sea Otters.”

Join our teamATTENTION TEACHERS
Inspire your students with the best field trip of the year! Discovery Lab field trip applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available. Apply NOW!

RENT THE SEYMOUR CENTER FOR EVENTS
Booking Now–Nov. 2020
Experience spectacular ocean views for your next social or business event! Inquire today!

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