Though the Seymour Marine Discovery Center is part of the University of California, Santa Cruz, funding comes from sources beyond the university. The Friends of Seymour Marine Discovery Center was established for this primary purpose.

The Friends of Seymour Center are dedicated to supporting and promoting the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory. Support includes raising funds to develop and maintain education programs, exhibits, and facilities, as well as for operating and staffing costs. Promotion includes working broadly in the community to raise public awareness of the center and its varied education programs.

2016-17 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Jo Lynne Jones, President
  • Martha Seaver, Vice President
  • Dan Blunk, Past President, Nominating Chair
  • Rita Prindle, Past President, At-Large
  • Gary Griggs, Director, Institute of Marine Sciences, Ex-Officio
  • Julie Barrett Heffington, Director, Seymour Center, Ex-Officio
  • Lauren Donnelly-Crocker, Development Director, Seymour Center
  • Marcus Frost, Director of Development- Coastal Sustainability, Ex-Officio


Board Members


  • Robert Allen
  • Dale Bieser
  • Dan Blunk
  • Susan Bosso
  • Pete Cartwright
  • Kenn Clark
  • Michael Clark
  • Charles Eadie
  • Shirley Ginzburg
  • Maggie Ivy
  • Joni Janecki
  • Jo Lynne Jones
  • Rita Prindle
  • Martha Seaver
  • Randy Strong
  • Kim Steinhardt
  • Lucas Willey
  • Committee Members

    • Lynn Davidson
    • Rachael Spencer

    Honorary Members of Board of Directors

    • Brent Constantz
    • Sam Farr
    • Fred Keeley
    • John Laird
    • Frans Lanting
    • Bruce McPherson
    • Richard Murphy
    • Leon Panetta
    • Kathy Sullivan

    Emeritus Members of Board of Directors

    • Jack Baskin
    • Ted Burke
    • Karen Cogswell
    • William Doyle
    • Charlie Gilbert
    • Jack Harkness
    • David Morrell
    • Peter Prindle
    • Edie Rittenhouse
    • Bob Simpkins
    • Mary Stagnaro
    • Robert Stephens

    Ex-Officio Members of Board of Directors

    • George Blumenthal,  Chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Gary Griggs, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Director Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Julie Barrett Heffington, Director, Seymour Marine Discovery Center

    Learn more about our board members.

    Days & Hours

    Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


    September 23 - October 1, 2017
    Join us for this annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem.

    Beginning September 1, 2017, parking permits will be required. Seymour Center guests will receive three hours of free parking with paid admission.

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

    Santa Cruz County locals can visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for free any Thursday this September!

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

    Kids participate in the underwater robotics workshopUNDERWATER ROBOTICS
    Sunday, October 15, 2017
    Learn how to build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in this fun workshop!


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