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.

Spotlight!

CELEBRATE EARTH WEEK
April 18–24, 2021
Learn more about our blue planet. Special at-home activities and arts and crafts are available for download.

SCIENCE SUNDAY
April 18, 2021, 1:30 PM
Join us for a special Earth Week Science Sunday–online! “Conservation Physiology in Marine Mammals.” Preregister.

LABSIDE CHATS
April 22, 2021, 11 AM
Learn why the peregrine falcon’s recovery can help solve today’s environmental issues with Zeka Glucs, Ph.D. Submit your questions, then watch the live chat, here.

SUNDAY SEASIDE CRAFTS–AT HOME!
Explore the diversity of mollusks found around the world in a new coloring page series, Mollusk Mates.

JOIN OUR TEAM! SEYMOUR CENTER DIRECTOR
The Seymour Center is seeking a new Director. Learn about this opportunity, here.

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