Native Landscape

Coastal Bluffs and Native Plant Habitat

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s education programs extend beyond the indoor exhibits to include the natural environment outside. Landscape restoration began in 1999, with a major restoration of the entire marine science campus currently underway—an aggressive 20-year project.

The landscape design represents the indigenous coastal bluff communities. Seeds were collected from remnant native plants nearby and on site then propagated specifically for the project.These native plants are drought-tolerant and adapted to the harsh winds and fog of the coastal environment. Even parking areas incorporate a system for treating runoff. Native grasses and wetland species provide “bio-filtration” of drainage water, reduce runoff from the site, and create small areas of wetland habitat.

Nearby, a 25-acre lagoon system and 45 acres of upland terrace feature classic coastal California ecosystems–– fresh- and salt-water wetlands, northern coastal scrub, coastal prairie, and dunes. These protected habitats provide a safe haven for a wide array of wildlife, including over 100 species of resident and migratory birds, bobcats, brush rabbits, and other mammals, amphibians, and fish, including the endangered tidewater goby.

Days & Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Native Landscape

Upcoming Exhibit

A Perfect Day for an Albatross

New Exhibit Coming End of April!

Upcoming Exhibit: Albatross in Flight by Caren Loebel-Fried
The Seymour Center looks forward to displaying
this educational art exhibit about the life of an albatross, based on the book written and illustrated by Caren Loebel-Fried, published by Cornell Lab Publishing Group.



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