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.




May 1–9, 2019

Look! Bid! Win! Starting on May 1, 2019, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center will auction off a number of exciting items, unique adventures, and priceless experiences. All proceeds from our 2019 Whale of an Auction will benefit the Seymour Center’s marine education programs.

Just by registering, you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card for Whole Foods Market. Show your support by registering today, then bid May 1 starting at 9 AM through May 9 until 9 PM!

34 years — Whale of an Auction!

The Whale of an Auction provides crucial support for the Seymour Center; because of people like you, tens of thousands of children and families, plus people from all walks of life will discover why ocean science is important, now and for the future of the planet.

Sign up and bid early so you don’t miss out on any of our fabulous items. Bid often, bid high, and help us meet the challenges facing our oceans. Thank you for your generosity!


Thank you to our sponsors:



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:



Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Thank you to everyone who joined the Seymour Center at Shadowbrook Restaurant for Community Tuesday on April 16, 2019! One-third of your evening’s food and beverage sales were donated to the Seymour Center, bringing in a total of $596 for our oceans!

If you missed this fabulous fundraising event, don’t worry! We participate in a Community Tuesday at Shadowbrook Restaurant every year. Sign up for our newsletter so you get the future invite.



Honoring John Laird

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Thank you all for your support at the Gala!

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 John Laird at our 2019 Global Oceans 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 2019 Global Oceans Hero John Laird, it truly was a remarkable evening. In case you missed the event, here is the video created for the occasion:

2019 Global Oceans Gala


The 2019 Global Oceans Gala was sponsored by:

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


Past Global Oceans Award Recipients



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

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Fundraising Events

Current Exhibit

Squidtoons: Exploring Ocean Science with Comics

Now Open!

Squidtoons: Manta Ray Bring the family to the Seymour Center this summer for some interesting (and weird!) science about underwater creatures with our new exhibit, Squidtoons! This exhibit consists of beautifully drawn, large-format educational comics combining fun science facts, kid-friendly wit, and a strong environmental message.



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