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

Saturday, March 23, 2019


University Center,
University of California, Santa Cruz

Cocktail Reception at 6 PM | Dinner at 7 PM
Semi-formal attire

Limited seating is available
Reservations are $185 per person; $1,480 for a table of eight

Contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker for more information: (831) 459-3800 or

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center presents the 2019 Global Oceans Gala honoring the lifetime achievement of John Laird.

Laird has spent nearly 40 years in service to California, most recently as the Secretary of Natural Resources. In this role he served as chief steward of California’s parks, waterways, wildlife, fisheries, and coastal environment. Laird graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz in 1972. In 1981, he was elected to the Santa Cruz City Council serving nine years, including two terms as mayor. He then served eight years on the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees. He went on to serve three terms as a state Assemblymember before becoming California Secretary for Natural Resources (2011–2019). As Secretary, his top priorities included climate change, water conservation, access to state parks, and ocean sustainability.

This semi-formal dinner includes exquisite dishes from sustainable sources, paired with fine wines from award-winning California vintners. Proceeds directly support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s education programs.

We are pleased to announce that our 2019 Global Oceans Hero, John Laird, will be given a special introduction by Congressman Jimmy Panetta at the Global Oceans Gala on March 23, 2019. We hope you can join us for this special event.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Carroll & Strong Builders, Inc. | Bud and Rebecca Colligan | Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital

District 7 Wines | Expressive Photographics | Impact Creative

Alexis Party Rental | California Pajarosa | University Center


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


Past Global Oceans Award Recipients





May 1–9, 2019

Thank you to our sponsors:

Santa Cruz Parent | Santa Cruz Sentinel | Monterey Bay Seaglass



You voted…and we’re in! The Seymour Center is one of the Envirotoken recipients at New Leaf Community Market’s Santa Cruz westside location now through June 2019. Bring your own bag when you shop and receive an Envirotoken worth 10-cents that you can donate to the Seymour Center. Your donations add up to thousands of dollars for ocean conservation and marine education––thank you!

New Leaf’s west side location is at 1101 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.



Past Fundraising Events:



Giving Day was February 27, 2019

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 $9 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 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 2019. If we surpass this goal, we’ll host additional free days!





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





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




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.



Stay informed about tours, activities & events throughout the year