Session Descriptions for Summer 2021

Seaside Sleuths (Ages 7-9)

Join us for an adventurous week of field trips, science investigations, crafts, and fun as we explore amazing creatures along the coast. At Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve, search for traces of nighttime vertebrate visitors and marvel at miniature macroinvertebrates. Explore local sandy beaches to find clues about mysterious animals from the depths, and dig for sand crabs along the shore at Natural Bridges State Beach. Go tidepooling to learn how incredible creatures like sea stars, crabs, and sea anemones are adapted to survive between the tides. Back at the lab, investigate your favorite tidepool animals, and work alongside our Aquarium Curator to learn how we take care of our incredible friends from the sea.

Participants bring their own lunches and snacks each day.

Masterful Marine Mammals (Ages 9-11 and 12-14)

Enjoy a week of outdoor conservation science in action with marine mammals and more, at the UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus. Discover how amazing dolphins, seals, and sea lions at Long Marine Lab collaborate with researchers to protect wild marine mammals. Gain first-hand experience in marine mammal training and animal care techniques from the experts. At spectacular Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve, explore how university students and researchers puzzle out a unique ecosystem. Enjoy beach adventures and intertidal exploration at Natural Bridges State Beach for a fun and memorable week.

Participants bring their own lunches and snacks each day.

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August 15, 2021, 1:30 PM
Join us–online! “Fascinating Fish Bones: Archaeology for the Future of Fishers and Fisheries.” Preregister.

Continue exploring the diversity of mollusks around the world with Mollusk Mates. Find the newest coloring pages, here.

Say hello to the new Seymour Center director — Jonathan Andres Hicken! Starting in mid-August, Jonathan will continue the important work of the Seymour Center. Learn more, here.

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