Ocean Explorers Virtual Summer Camp

Our first priority is to protect the health of your families in this uncertain time of COVID-19. As a result, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, in consultation with university officials, will move our Ocean Explorers marine science programs to a virtual format this summer. Join us for great programs!

Marine Science programs for youth ages 7-14
Virtual camp sessions offered:
June 15  to August 7, 2020

– Enjoy a week of fun this summer learning about ocean science

– Investigate the incredible creatures that inhabit Monterey Bay

– Discover how marine scientists work with marine animals at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and Long Marine Lab to help conserve animals in the wild

Ocean Explorers experience the thrill of scientific discovery at a working marine lab.  Children actively learn in a distance learning format. Join us for online demonstrations, “live” interactions with scientists and animal trainers, and much more!

Ocean Explorers Session Descriptions

Schedule and Fees

How to Apply

Meet our Instructors

Ocean Explorers

To the researchers, volunteers, parents, and of course the campers…Thank you for a wonderful 2019 Ocean Explorers summer camp season! 

Curious about the Ocean Explorers experience? Here are some post-camp comments shared with us:

“I expected my daughter to learn something different with this program, but you exceeded our expectations!”

“He enjoyed everything. Especially working with the seals and dolphins, and building ROV’s. He loved every day of camp and wished it could be longer.”

“The program definitely fostered Libby’s love for science and learning.”

“It is our daughter’s absolute favorite camp ever!”

“Andrew wants to return to the camp again next year. He has definitely cut back on his plastic usage. He wants to work at Long Marine Lab in the future.”

“This is an incredible program and I truly appreciate the scholarship that made it possible for my children to attend. Thank you!”

“Olivia declares she wants to be a marine biologist. She is very excited about what she learned AND she recognized the opportunities that your camp provided that most kids don’t get to experience.”

“It was her first experience in marine science. And what a great way to get kids to learn to love science. School science isn’t always delivered in a way that really engages kids. I was so happy that she had an opportunity to learn science in a fun and engaging way.”

“He came home teaching us in great deal all that he learned about the health and well-being of animals, how to care for them, what to monitor, etc. We were amazed.”

“My daughter came home every day from camp excited and told me about the ROV’s they built, learning about each marine mammal and how to check them, and have fun experiences with them. My daughter is even more excited about her interest to study marine biology later in college.”

“Joel was learning and absorbing like a sponge—he was absolutely engaged for the entire program.”

“Lucas wasn’t overwhelmed or underwhelmed. This program is amazing.”

“The hands-on environment with classroom exposure plus variety of different learning applications made the camp stimulating.”

“It provided him with the independence and support to help his confidence.”

“Fabulous, well-trained, enthusiastic, and PATIENT instructors.”

“The [instructors] were absolutely amazing in all areas of leadership. Thank you!”

“They are fantastic—all the program instructors are wonderful, Katrina is simply amazing.”

“It is her ‘happy place.'”

“This program is the highlight of Libby’s summer. She absolutely loves it. She wants to volunteer for the Seymour Center as soon as she is old enough.”

“We cannot wait for next year. Thank you very much for offering this amazing program and running such a wonderful and critical facility. We moved to Atlanta, but still come back for this.”


Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to receive the announcement when registration opens for Ocean Explorers 2020, and keep your membership* to the Seymour Center active.

*Members (at the Dual/Family membership level or higher) of the Friends of Long Marine Lab receive priority registration and a reduced fee for Ocean Explorers programs.


Interested in supporting Ocean Explorers? You can become a program sponsor and bring marine science to more kids next year. Learn more!

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Explore an incredible world of marine mammal science from your own home this summer. Space is limited. Apply NOW!

Explore the intricate beauty of bat stars up close. Learn how they sense their surroundings and why they feel scratchy to the touch. Watch the 4-minute video here!

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

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

Enjoy outdoor highlights of the spectacular Coastal Science Campus as you explore the network of trails with this guide to interpretive signs.

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

Create ocean-inspired crafts and activities using materials found around the house. Find instructions for our latest craft: Camouflage Challenge.


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