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

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

GLOBAL OCEANS GALA
March 23, 2019
The community is cordially invited to the 2019 Global Oceans Gala honoring John Laird. RSVP.

THANK YOU, MEMBERS!
March is member appreciation month! Whether you’re a current, renewing, or new member, we’ve got a way to say, “Thank you!” Learn more.

OCEAN EXPLORERS
Apply Today!
Summer camp information and applications are now online. Applications due Thursday, March 14, 2019 by 5 PM.

SCIENCE SUNDAY
March 17, 2019
1:30–2:30 PM
Join us for our upcoming Science Sunday, “Sea Star Wasting Syndrome: An Unfolding Story.”

BECOME AN EXHIBIT GUIDE VOLUNTEER
Apply by May 5, 2019
Make a difference for the ocean and join our team of exhibit guide volunteers. Apply today!

ENVIROTOKEN
Now through June 2019
Bring your own bag when you shop at New Leaf’s westside Santa Cruz location and receive an Envirotoken worth 10-cents that you can donate to the Seymour Center.

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