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 2015-16.

Days & Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

Photo by Manuae of Nautlilus in the oceanFIRST SCIENCE SUNDAY OF THE YEAR:
January 21, 2018
CEPHALOPODS ARE THE NEW DINOSAURS

Into Africa book coverINTO AFRICA
A New Presentation by
Frans Lanting & Chris Eckstrom
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Docent TrainingHOMESCHOOL DAY
NEW DATE & TIME!
Friday, February 23, 2018
1:30 - 3:00 PM

Enjoy hands-on activities designed especially for homeschool families. Open to all—novices to experts!

GLOBAL OCEANS AWARDS GALA
March 24, 2018

This year's gala will honor Dr. Gary Griggs. This is a benefit event to support the education programs of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Now accepting reservations!

ATTENTION TEACHERS
Start the new year with an inspiring field trip to the Seymour Center! Choose from three great ways to dive into scientific exploration and the Next Generation Science Standards.

NOW HIRING
UCSC STUDENTS
Be a part of our team! The Seymour Center is looking for qualified, enthusiastic UCSC students—apply today!

PARKING CHANGES
As of September 1, 2017, parking permits are required by UCSC. Seymour Center guests will receive three hours of free parking with paid admission.

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