Arts & Entertainment

From time to time, ocean science runs squarely into art, literature, film, and more. From film previews to book signings, these activities are a relaxed and informative way to experience ocean and nature-inspired art and media.

Past activities include spectacular photographic shows, film previews, book signings and talks from authors, mixed media work as well as presentations. Join us for formal presentations or informal meet-and-greets with artists and authors throughout the year.


“Land of the Jaguars:
Wild Wetlands of South America”

A New Presentation by
Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

Saturday, February 2, 2019
3 PM* and 7 PM**
Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA

© Frans Lanting /


**Online tickets sales have ended. 7 PM show tickets will be available at the Rio Theatre box office beginning at 6 PM on February 2. Tickets are $30 at-the-door; cash or check ONLY.

The greatest cat in the Americas—the jaguar—is a symbol for strength, power, and wilderness. Jaguars thrive in the fabled Pantanal of Brazil, but in the Ibera wetlands of Argentina, they’ve been gone for nearly a century. Now one of the most ambitious wildlife projects in the world is working to bring them back—along with a “Noah’s Ark” of South American wildlife that was lost in a tragic era of exploitation and overhunting. Far-sighted conservationists Doug and Kris Tompkins have a vision of restoring this landscape to its primeval grandeur, and miraculously, it’s working.

Join us for a new presentation by renowned photographer Frans Lanting and his partner Chris Eckstrom in celebration of two wilderness areas in South America—Brazil’s Pantanal and Argentina’s Ibera. Frans and Chris recently returned from a month of travel in this unique part of the world with fresh impressions. They will regale us with their images, stories, and videos about the natural and human history of these spectacular wetlands which are home to the “giants” of South America: the giant anteater, giant otter, rhino-like tapirs, colorful macaws—the largest parrots in the world, endearing capybaras—Earth’s largest rodent, and of course, the jaguar—largest cat in the Americas. Frans and Chris will share personal observations and highlight conservation successes here that inspire hope.

Proceeds will benefit the marine science education and conservation programs at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at UC Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Lab.

Doors open one hour prior to show start time. Will call opens 90 minutes prior to show start time.


Ocean Sponsors:

David Morrell, Santa Cruz Real Estate-C21
Jo Lynne and Fred Jones


Coastal Sponsors:

Bay Photo Lab

Day One Solar

Karon Properties

Santa Cruz County Bank

Shirley and Allen Ginzburg


For more information about the show or how you can become a sponsor, please contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker at the Seymour Center, 831-459-3800

Below are examples of past events:

Artwork, photography, or exhibit openings

  • Sunflower StarA Perfect Day for an Albatross, Caren Loebel-Fried (illustrated children’s book)
  • Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom present: Into Africa
  • Running the Numbers, Chris Jordan (mixed media, traveling exhibit)
  • Tiny Drifters, Laura Beach (educational and graphic presentation of diatoms)
  • Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom present: Journeys to the Ends of the Earth
  • Sea Otters from Bryant Austin (photography)
  • Radiographs from the California Academy of Science
  • Peregrine Falcons from Glen Nevill (photography)
  • Underwater in Black and White, Art Hazeltine (photography)
  • Whimsical Visions of Undersea Life, Ket Tom-Conway (watercolor paintings)

Film screenings, openings, or sneak previews

Book signings

Other special events and presentations

Please check our calendar for current offerings.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


March 23, 2019
The community is cordially invited to the 2019 Global Oceans Gala honoring John Laird. Now accepting reservations; please RSVP by March 5, 2019.

February 27, 2019
Support Our Oceans—Help Locals “Seymour”! Your Giving Day gift of $9 or less will be used to underwrite a Free Day in fall 2019.

March 6, 2019
Join us for a morning of special hands-on activities and science investigations designed for homeschool families. Advanced registration recommended.

Apply by May 5, 2019
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Now through June 2019
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