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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!

Days & Hours

Open Every Day July and August, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

SCIENCE SUNDAY
Sunday, August 20, 1:30 PM
The Bait and Switch: A Discussion Of Seafood Fraud In Los Angeles And Santa Cruz.

ATTENTION TEACHERS
Start planning your class field trip to the Seymour Center. Field trip information and applications for the 2017-18 school year are available now.

JOIN THE VOLUNTEER TEAM!
Now recruiting for Exhibit Guides and School Programs Instructors - apply today for one of these exciting volunteer opportunities!

COMING SOON:
LOCALS "SEYMOUR"
IN SEPTEMBER
Santa Cruz County locals can visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for free any Thursday this September!

NOW HIRING
UCSC STUDENTS
Be a part of our team! The Seymour Center is looking for qualified, enthusiastic UCSC students—apply today!

OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION
You'll see a lot of construction taking place here at the Coastal Science Campus but know, the Seymour Center is open for business as usual. Come visit!

SEA OTTER AWARENESS WEEK
September 23 - October 1, 2017
Save the date for Sea Otter Awareness Week: an annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem.

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