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The Seymour Marine Discovery Center resides on UCSC’s 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, 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:

  • Continuing development of premier facilities such as the Center for Ocean Health, an interdisciplinary research and education center focused on marine conservation biology.
  • Engaging in a major upgrade of marine mammal pools that will provide the capacity for researchers to better study fascinating and important marine species—from sea otters to elephant seals.
  • 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.
  • Developing greater public access and educational opportunities through a series of trails and wayside interpretive overlooks.
  • Building much-needed infrastructure including equipment storage and support facilities.

All of the projects listed above are currently underway!

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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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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