Why Volunteer?

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Become a Seymour Marine Discovery Volunteer and

  • contribute to the community
  • explore the ocean and sea life
  • learn about exciting marine science research firsthand from the experts
  • attend special field trips, seminars, lectures, and outings
  • make new friends
  • share your knowledge with children and visitors from around the world
  • enjoy social events and potlucks
  • receive discounts in the Ocean Discovery Shop
  • earn courtesy guest passes

It could change your life!

“Loved our visit here. Touch pools were so fun and the staff are so knowledgeable.  One docent was our favorite, thank you Jack for being so much fun. The center is lucky to have such great volunteers.” J.W., Folsom, CA


Over 200 volunteers continually support the Center in a variety of ways, from teaching underserved kids to painting whale bones to leading tours as a docent. Volunteers support day-to-day operations and many education programs that benefit the community. In return,our volunteers get a lifelong learning opportunity.

UCSC student interns can receive academic credit (up to 5 units) by assisting with visitor and school programs as well as helping to develop projects for public displays, programs, and exhibits.

Volunteer Enrichment Series

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center provides many opportunities for veteran volunteers to continue to learn. Volunteers are encouraged to choose from a variety of activities that hone their skills, increase their knowledge, and keep them highly engaged. Each year, 25-30 presentations by marine scientists, policy/resource managers, or professional educators are available to our volunteers. Special behind-the-scenes activities with researchers in their labs or with experts in the field are also offered.

Typical field experiences include visiting Año Nuevo State Reserve to observe northern elephant seals, a trip to a local abalone farm, tidepooling, or visiting The Marine Mammal Center. Enrichments are designed to excite volunteers while furthering their understanding of natural history, marine research, resource management, and human impacts on the marine environment.

Days & Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

Photo by Manuae of Nautlilus in the oceanFIRST SCIENCE SUNDAY OF THE YEAR:
January 21, 2018
CEPHALOPODS ARE THE NEW DINOSAURS

Into Africa book coverINTO AFRICA
A New Presentation by
Frans Lanting & Chris Eckstrom
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Docent TrainingHOMESCHOOL DAY
NEW DATE & TIME!
Friday, February 23, 2018
1:30 - 3:00 PM

Enjoy hands-on activities designed especially for homeschool families. Open to all—novices to experts!

GLOBAL OCEANS AWARDS GALA
March 24, 2018

This year's gala will honor Dr. Gary Griggs. This is a benefit event to support the education programs of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Now accepting reservations!

ATTENTION TEACHERS
Start the new year with an inspiring field trip to the Seymour Center! Choose from three great ways to dive into scientific exploration and the Next Generation Science Standards.

NOW HIRING
UCSC STUDENTS
Be a part of our team! The Seymour Center is looking for qualified, enthusiastic UCSC students—apply today!

PARKING CHANGES
As of September 1, 2017, parking permits are required by UCSC. Seymour Center guests will receive three hours of free parking with paid admission.

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