Fundraising Events

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

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

2018 Global Oceans Hero:

Gary Griggs

During this elegant event, an award is bestowed upon an outstanding individual who is making a difference for our oceans. Enjoy award-winning cuisine paired with fine wines and exceptional friends, while supporting marine science and conservation. The Global Ocean Awards Gala originated in 2004 with an honorary award to former UCSC Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood.

The 2018 Global Oceans Awards Gala will honor Dr. Gary Griggs on Saturday, March 24, 2018

This is a benefit event to support the education programs of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

Reservations accepted beginning January 4, 2018

Sponsorships available—call (831) 459-3800

See the Press Release

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

This semi-formal dinner is typically held in late winter or early spring. It is a joyful occasion, with exquisite dishes from sustainable sources, each paired with fine wines from award-winning California vintners. Ticket and table proceeds directly support the Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s education programs.

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The 32nd Annual Whale of an Auction: the best auction of the year!

Thank you to our sponsors, donors, bidders, and all those who participated in or shared our auction!

This annual charity auction provides crucial support for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the marine science education center at Long Marine Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz. Because of people like you, thousands of children, families, and people from all walks of life will discover why ocean science is important, now and for the future of the planet.

The WINNER of a $50 Whole Foods gift card—just for registering or signing in this year—will be announced shortly!*

Sponsored by:
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Join the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Shadowbrook Restaurant for Community Tuesday. The Shadowbrook Restaurant gives back one-third of the evening’s food and beverages sales to the Seymour Center, IF you tell them your 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
  • Reservations accepted starting December
  • Rock Room Lounge opens at 4 PM / Dining room opens at 5 PM (Specials NOT included in Community night totals)

Help us fill this wonderful restaurant with friends of the Seymour Center, support the Seymour Center, and say thank you to this wonderful community restaurant. It means the oceans!

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

Days & Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Fundraising Events
As of September 1, 2017, parking permits are required by UC Santa Cruz. Seymour Center guests will receive three hours of free parking with paid admission.



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