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 run 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.

2018-19 Board of Directors

Board Members

  • Robert Allen
  • Dale Bieser
  • Dan Blunk
  • Barbara Canfield
  • Pete Cartwright
  • Laurie Davis
  • Charles Eadie
  • Shirley Ginzburg
  • Joni Janecki
  • Jo Lynne Jones
  • Peter Prindle
  • Martha Seaver
  • Lisa Schallop
  • Kim Steinhardt

Executive Committee

  • Kim Steinhardt, President
  • Dale Bieser, Vice-President
  • Jo Lynne Jones, Past President, Nominating Chair
  • Martha Seaver, At-Large
  • Laurie Davis, At-Large
  • Julie Barrett Heffington, Director, Seymour Center, Ex-Officio
  • Lauren Donnelly-Crocker, Development Director, Seymour Center
  • Catherine Hsu, Development Liaison

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
  • Gary Griggs
  • Jack Harkness
  • David Morrell
  • Edie Rittenhouse
  • Bob Simpkins
  • Robert Stephens

Ex-Officio Members of Board of Directors

  • George Blumenthal, Chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Peter Raimondi, Director Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Julie Barrett Heffington, Director, Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


April 23–28, 2019
Come to the Seymour Center by alternative transportation—bicycle, on foot, or public transportation—and enjoy free admission.

MAY 1–9, 2019
Look! Bid! Win! We’re celebrating our 34th auction with exciting items, unique adventures, and priceless experiences. Register now to start bidding on May 1!

MAY 5, 2019, 1 PM
Participate in a conversation with a researcher in Antarctica! Daniel Costa and Sarah Kienle will discuss their leopard seal research.

Apply by May 5, 2019
Make a difference for the ocean and join our team of exhibit guide volunteers. Apply today!

Now through June 2019
Bring your own bag when you shop at New Leaf’s westside Santa Cruz location and receive an Envirotoken worth 10-cents that you can donate to the Seymour Center.


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