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.

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

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  • 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 will see and learn about the fascinating hidden gems of the Coastal Science Campus. 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 currently 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 specially designed activities available on the Resources for your Field Trip page of our website. Live animals inspire your students to pose 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.

  • FAQ

    FAQ

    Questions? Field Trip questions answered here!

Days & Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

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A SEAL NAMED PATCHES
Sunday, November 19
Come for the science, bring the kids, and stay for the book signing in the exhibit hall.

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Docents lead daily tours, assist guests at the touch pools, educate the public about marine conservation, and so much more!

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.

ATTENTION TEACHERS
Start planning your class field trip to the Seymour Center. Field trip information and applications for the 2017-18 school year are available now.

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