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!

SCIENCE SUNDAY
September 15, 2019
1:30–2:30 PM
Join us for our upcoming Science Sunday, “Kelp Forest Resiliency: Life after Sea Urchin Grazing.”

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!

COMMUNITY FREE DAY
September 17, 2019
Enjoy free admission to the Seymour Center all day, 10 AM–5 PM!

SEA OTTER
AWARENESS WEEK
September 24–29, 2019
Discover the vital role sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem during this annual recognition celebration.

YOUR DREAM WEDDING
Booking Now–Sept. 2020
With breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and access to the aquarium, the Seymour Center is the ideal spot for your Santa Cruz ocean view wedding. Inquire today!

TEACHER WORKSHOP
California Environmental Phenomena Summit October 3–4, 2019
Collaborate with local science experts and other educators to deepen your understanding of environmental phenomena.

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