How to Apply

Ocean Explorers 2018 is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please send in a completed application.

Ocean Explorers brochure

  1. Due to the popularity of programs, participation is determined be a random drawing of applicants. Download an Ocean Explorers 2018 application.
  2. Mail completed applications to:
    Seymour Marine Discovery Center
    Attn: Ocean Explorers
    100 McAllister Way
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  3. Completed applications must be received by 5 PM, Thursday, March 22, 2018, to be included in the random drawing. If applying after March 22, 2018, you will be contacted if space is available.
  4. Applications are accepted by mail only. We do NOT accept applications by fax, phone, or e-mail.

Members Priority Registration

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 (see Session Fees). All applications received from current members by 5 PM, Thursday, March 22, 2018, will be included in the first random drawing before applications from the general public are drawn. Membership will NOT GUARANTEE your child a space in Ocean Explorers, but it does afford your application priority over the general public. If you would like to become a member or are unsure of your membership status, call (831) 459-3800.

Confirmation and Payment

  1. After the random drawing, selected applicants for each program will be contacted by email, by 5 PM, Friday, March 30, 2018. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list for each program they selected.
  2. Selected applicants must supply full payment by 5 PM, Friday, April 27, 2018. If payment is not received, your space cannot be held and will be offered to the next applicant on the waiting list.
  3. Applicants placed on the waiting list for programs will receive notification in early April informing them of their application status. Space occasionally becomes available, and wait-listed applicants are called until the space is filled.

Refund Policy

When notified of a cancellation at least two weeks in advance, we will attempt to fill the vacancy. If a replacement is found, we will refund the program cost minus a $50 cancellation fee. If we do not find a replacement, we are unable to refund any portion of the program fee.

Days & Hours

Open every day, 10 AM to 5 PM July and August

Spotlight!

Shark Science WeekSHARK SCIENCE WEEK!
For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Shark touching pool open every day!

Shark Science WeekSUMMER HOURS
The Seymour Center is open every day in July and August! Come explore your ocean and visit us 10 AM – 5 PM.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR UCSC STUDENTS!
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