Fundraising Events

Fabulous events raise crucial funds for marine science education and provide exciting opportunities for participants. Event sponsorships are available for most events.

Check our calendar for the latest details.



Honoring John Laird

To become a sponsor, contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker at or (831) 459-4568.

Past Global Oceans Award Recipients

2004 – M.R.C. Greenwood
2005 – Frans LantingIMG_8573
2006 – Bruce McPherson
2007 – Leon Panetta
2008 – Marcia McNutt
2009 – Brent Constantz
2010 – Kathryn Sullivan
2011 – Julie Packard
2012 – Stephen Palumbi
2013 – Richard Harris
2014 – Andreas Merkl
2015 – Margaret Leinen
2016 – M. Sanjayan
2017 – Sam Farr
2018 – Gary Griggs


Past Fundraising Events:



Monday, October 15, 2018


Join us at Discretion Brewing for Love Monday. On October 15, $1 dollar for every draft beer sold will be donated to the Seymour Center. Enjoy a beverage with your friends, and a tasty bite to eat, while supporting the Seymour Center and doing good for the ocean!

Discretion Brewing
2703 41st Avenue, Suite A
Soquel, CA


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 WHALE OF AN AUCTION!


Thank you to all donors who contributed to our 2018 Whale of an Auction and to everyone who registered and bid. Your involvement ensures continued support for our education programs and means the oceans to us! We hope all winning bidders enjoy their items and adventures. We also extend our congratulations to the winner of the $50 Whole Foods certificate, A. R. Thank you, EVERYONE!


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Join the Seymour Center at Shadowbrook Restaurant for Community Tuesday, and Shadowbrook will give back one-third of your evening’s food and beverage purchase to the Seymour Center, IF you tell them you’re there to support us!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Make a reservation at the Shadowbrook Restaurant up to 30 days in advance
    By phone: (831) 475-1511
  • Tell them you’re coming to support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
  • Rock Room Lounge opens at 4 PM / Dining room opens at 5 PM (Specials NOT included in Community night totals)

Dine out with your friends, enjoy a scrumptious meal at this iconic restaurant, and do good for the ocean!

Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf Road
Capitola-by-the-Sea, CA 95010





On behalf of our board and staff, we extend a huge thank you to all who came out to support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and share in the recognition of Gary Griggs at our 2018 Global Oceans Awards Gala. From the inspiring speeches from two of our University of California, Santa Cruz marine science students, to the generous donations which directly support the Seymour Center’s education programs, to the momentous honoring of our 2018 Global Oceans Hero Gary Griggs, it truly was a remarkable evening. In case you missed the event, here are some highlights from this joyful occasion…

The 2018 Global Oceans Awards Gala Was Generously Sponsored By:

Bud and Rebecca Colligan                   Jack and Stephanie Harkness


Carroll & Strong Builders, Inc., Jo Lynne and Fred Jones, Dignity Health Dominican Hospital 

Alexis Party Rentals California PajarosaCinnabar Winery Drake’s Brewing Company • Eadie ConsultantsEpic Wines & Spirits • Pelican Ranch WinerySones Cellars • Storrs Winery & Vineyards




Donate to the Seymour Center’s special project:

Support Our Oceans—Help Locals “Seymour”

Giving Day is an energized 24-hour online fundraising drive to support UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, and campus programs—like the Seymour Center!

Give a child an opportunity to learn about the ocean. Give a senior a chance to experience a magnificent blue whale. Send a family out for a day of seaside wonder. Help a 4th grader explore ocean science. Provide a disadvantaged group with a big ocean adventure!

Your gift of $8 or less will pay for a Santa Cruz County resident to dive into ocean wonder at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. This small donation will provide someone in need with an amazing day exploring our aquarium, exhibits, and touch pools––learning about the incredible animals who help scientists study the sea.

This is your chance to make a difference for a local person AND for the ocean. Proceeds will be used to underwrite a Free Day in fall 2018. If we surpass this goal, we’ll host additional free days!


Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Fundraising Events

Sponsor Our New Exhibit

Squidtoons: Exploring Ocean Science with Comics

Squidtoons: Manta Ray Opening in early August 2018, this exhibit consists of beautifully drawn, large-format educational comics combining fun science facts, kid-friendly wit, and a strong environmental message. To become a sponsor, please call Lauren Donnelly-Crocker at 831-459-4568.



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