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

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

FISH PHYSIOLOGY
November 11, 2018
1:30–2:30 PM
Can a fish drink too much? Join us for a lecture and book signing with the author of our newest exhibit, Squidtoons.

KEN NORRIS
MEMORIAL LECTURE
November 13, 2018
7–8:30 PM
“Oil and Gas Development Off California's Coast--Is More in Our Future?”

SCIENCE SUNDAY
November 18, 2018
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Turning off the Tap on California’s Trash: Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Removal. Photo: NOAA

LOCALS “SEYMOUR”
IN NOVEMBER
November 27–30, 2018
Santa Cruz County locals can visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for free! (Proof of residency required.)

PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEER NIGHT
November 28, 2018
6:30–8 PM
Learn more about becoming a volunteer, plus enjoy after-hours shopping in our Ocean Discovery Shop.

Join our teamUCSC UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENT OPPORTUNITY
Now accepting proposals for the 2018-19 Student Research and Education Awards. Application deadline: November 30, 2018.

Join our teamATTENTION TEACHERS
Apply NOW for the best science field trip of the year! Submit your application for Discovery Labs today.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR UCSC STUDENTS!
Seymour Center has positions open for UCSC students who want to work in a dynamic and exciting environment. To join our team, apply today!

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY
Every membership includes free admission for 12 months and other benefits. Join or renew online today!

Join our volunteer teamVOLUNTEER WITH US!
Looking for a way to make a difference? Interested in learning more about marine science and conservation? Feel great, learn lots, and make an impact—that's what happens when you become a Seymour Center volunteer!

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