Launch a student's marine science education career. The fundraiser ends today!

Your support makes the difference for ocean conservation. There are so many ways you can make a donation to support marine conservation through our education programs. Choose the option that is right for you.

Make a donation

All programs and daily operations of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center are funded through memberships, gifts, grants, special events, program fees, facility rentals, gift store sales, and admission fees. We rely on our community to keep us running.

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Donate by mail or phone

Donate by mail

Please mail checks payable to:

Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Donate by phone

Call us! We can take a credit card over the phone, 831-459-3800.

Other ways you can contribute

Become a member of the Leadership Circle

The Leadership Circle is the most active, engaged, and important group of supporters for the Seymour Center, and includes individuals with similar ocean science and conservation interests. It also provides unique opportunities to discover, serve, and financially support the Center in ways that are personally meaningful and tangible.

Leadership Circle patrons enjoy a special association with the directors of the major institutions located on and near the UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus. Through an annual event, patrons enjoy an opportunity to share their passion for ocean science one-on-one with the leadership of the Coastal Science Campus. Events range from remarkable coastal outings to unique, exquisite dinners, all with an exclusive opportunity for learning directly from the experts. The Leadership Circle generates crucial funding for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the public portal to these ocean science institutions.

Join today

Contribute to our scholarship fund
The Schools and Scholarship Fund enables the Seymour Center to provide marine science education to children year round––as well as supporting the UCSC students who mentor them.

Programs include K-12 Discovery Labs, Ocean Explorers, College Student Educators, and more!

Your gift can make all the difference for the future.

Contribute online

Honor a loved one with a Tribute Bench
A limited number of sites are available for tribute benches inside and around the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. These sites were chosen to provide spectacular views or a place for reflection.

Your bench will not only honor the person you love, it will also ensure that future generations learn more about our oceans. Funds from our Tribute Bench program help keep our doors open, provide children with interactive science programs, help us care for marine mammals, help keep our exhibits fresh and support our volunteer program.

Review the tribute bench information and bench locations.

Or contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker at to get started

Donate stock
This is a popular, tax-advantaged giving option. Contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker at to get started

Planned giving, wills, & trusts
Plan today to give forever. Your generosity now will continue to bring marine science to the community for decades to come. Contact Branwyn Wagman, Senior Director of Development, at for a consultation.


Small Business & Corporate Sponsorship

Whether you’re a small business looking to get the word out or a People & Culture team from Silicon Valley, we can help you build a brand and connect with customers all while making an impact on marine science and coastal conservation.

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