Our Future

SMDC from Bay

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center resides on the UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus, a dynamic hub for research, education, and policy programs that address coastal and ocean conservation and management issues. Here, some of the world’s best coastal and marine scientists, government and non-government experts, and public education leaders create synergies that result in discovery and effective conservation solutions. The Center is the public face of this work.

With the existing seawater system, renovated marine mammal pools, laboratory research and teaching facilities, natural reserve lands, public education center, and co-located governmental and non-profit partners, the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

The vision for the Coastal Science Campus includes:

  • Expanding and evolving the Seymour Center’s interior exhibits to better reflect the current research ongoing on the Coastal Science Campus.
  • Protection and aggressive restoration of the surrounding and encompassing Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve.
  • Continuing development of premier facilities for interdisciplinary research and education focused on marine conservation biology.

Grow with us on this dynamic hub for research, education, and policy programs that address ocean conservation and management issues. Get involved today!

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Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

OCEAN EXPLORERS VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP
Explore an incredible world of marine mammal science from your own home this summer. Space is limited. Apply NOW!

CREATURE FEATURE
Explore the intricate beauty of bat stars up close. Learn how they sense their surroundings and why they feel scratchy to the touch. Watch the 4-minute video here!

WORLD OCEANS DAY
Monday, June 8, 2020
Join us for a virtual World Oceans Day celebration and take part in the Seymour Center Online Ocean Superhero Challenge.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
June 8, 2020, 11 AM–12 PM
Learn about exciting, current research from award-winning UC Santa Cruz students studying the oceans.

SELF-GUIDED COASTAL WALKING TOUR
Enjoy outdoor highlights of the spectacular Coastal Science Campus as you explore the network of trails with this guide to interpretive signs.

MARINE SCIENCE JOURNALING
Start your own marine science journal today with these cool observation activities with video links. Designed for ages seven and up.

SUNDAY SEASIDE CRAFTS–AT HOME!
Create ocean-inspired crafts and activities using materials found around the house. Find instructions for our latest craft: Camouflage Challenge.

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