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 2018-19.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

OCEAN EXPLORERS
Check out our exciting summer camp programs! Applications are currently being accepted. Apply today!

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

YOUNGER LAGOON RESERVE TOURS
Check our calendar for upcoming tour dates in March. View dates here!

CELEBRATE EARTH WEEK
April 21–26, 2020
Come to the Seymour Center by alternative transportation—bicycle, on foot, or public transportation—and enjoy free admission.

Join our teamSCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
Inspire your students to love marine science with a hands-on field trip! Standards-based programs for K-12 and community college. Sign up NOW!

RENT THE SEYMOUR CENTER FOR EVENTS
Booking Now–Mar. 2021
Experience spectacular ocean views for your next social or business event! Inquire today!

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