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

Monday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

SCIENCE SUNDAY
August 18, 2019
1:30–2:30 PM
Join us for our upcoming Science Sunday, “A New Age of Dinoflagellates: Using AI and Robots to Study Harmful Algal Blooms.”

Join our teamATTENTION TEACHERS
Inspire your students with the best field trip of the year! Discovery Lab field trip applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available. Apply NOW!

Join our volunteer teamBECOME A VOLUNTEER!
Interested in learning and sharing marine science and conservation with others? We are now recruiting Exhibit Guides and School Programs Instructors! Applications due September 1. Apply today!

SANTA CRUZ MUNICIPAL WHARF EXPERIENCE
Now–August 24, 2019
Saturdays, 12–3 PM
Learn more about Monterey Bay, from a vantage point a half-mile out to sea, without ever leaving land!

YOUR DREAM WEDDING
Booking Now–August 2020
With breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and access to the aquarium, the Seymour Center is the ideal spot for your Santa Cruz ocean view wedding. Inquire today!

SEA OTTER
AWARENESS WEEK
September 24–29, 2019
Discover the vital role sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem during this annual recognition celebration.

TEACHER WORKSHOP
California Environmental Phenomena Summit October 3–4, 2019
Collaborate with local science experts and other educators to deepen your understanding of environmental phenomena.

JOIN OUR STAFF!
Apply to be the Volunteer Coordinator / Education Associate. Initial review date for this carreer staff position is July 4.

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