Field Trips

Three great ways to visit

We have three great ways to immerse your class in marine science, research, and discovery. Marine Science Field Trips for K-12 and Community College are shown below.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not currently open to the public. However, we are happy to hold a field trip date and time for you. No payment will be required until we are certain that the Seymour Center can resume field trip programs. Read the three field trip options below for contact information.

Which of the following three field trip options work best for your class? See Field Trip Logistics & Fees.

  • Reserved School Tour

    Reserved School Tour

    Schedule a skillful guide to take your students through the sights and sounds of a working marine lab. While on tour, students discover how scientists learn from incredible marine mammals to help conserve their cousins in the wild. Marvel at the enormous “Ms. Blue,” one of the world’s largest whale skeletons. Discover how whales are suited for life in the sea and how scientists study the largest animals on the planet. See Field Trip Logistics & Fees for more information.

    To schedule a Reserved School Tour, visit our Field Trip Calendar for dates available.

    Then call (831) 459-3800 to confirm availability and make reservations. Reservations should be made at least three weeks in advance year-round, and far in advance for spring. Resources for your Field Trip will help you plan for a great visit.

  • Self-Guided Exhibit Exploration

    Self-Guided Exhibit Exploration

    We supply logistical information so you can create your own activities, or select from activities available on the Resources for your Field Trip page of our website. Live animals inspire your students to make their own observations and develop questions as scientists do. Knowledgeable docents illuminate how researchers work in the lab and in the field. Students will learn how marine scientists think and work to understand life in the ocean and the ocean itself. Self-guided groups are welcome in the Center’s exhibit hall and immediate surroundings but are not permitted on tours. See Field Trip Logistics & Fees for more information.

    To schedule a Self-Guided Exhibit Exploration, visit our Field Trip Calendar for dates currently available. Then call (831) 459-3800 to confirm availability and make reservations. Reservations are recommended at least two weeks in advance year-round, and far in advance for spring. Resources for your Field Trip will help you plan for a great visit.

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    FAQ

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Spotlight!

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WORLD OCEANS DAY
Monday, June 8, 2020
Join us for a virtual World Oceans Day celebration and take part in the Seymour Center Online Ocean Superhero Challenge.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
June 8, 2020, 11 AM–12 PM
Learn about exciting, current research from award-winning UC Santa Cruz students studying the oceans.

SELF-GUIDED COASTAL WALKING TOUR
Enjoy outdoor highlights of the spectacular Coastal Science Campus as you explore the network of trails with this guide to interpretive signs.

MARINE SCIENCE JOURNALING
Start your own marine science journal today with these cool observation activities with video links. Designed for ages seven and up.

SUNDAY SEASIDE CRAFTS–AT HOME!
Create ocean-inspired crafts and activities using materials found around the house. Find instructions for our latest craft: Camouflage Challenge.

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