How to Apply

Ocean Explorers 2017 is currently full. If you are interested in being added to our waitlist, please send in a completed application.

  1. Download an Ocean Explorers 2017 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 23, 2017, to be included in the random drawing. If applying after March 23, 2017, 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 23, 2017, 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 31, 2017. 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 21, 2017. 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 Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

Ken Norris Memorial Lecture October 24, 2017 6:30-8 PMKEN NORRIS MEMORIAL
LECTURE
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Join us for a lively and informative panel discussion about coho salmon, an iconic local species on the precarious edge of survival.

marine masquerade logoMARINE MASQUERADE
Friday, October 27, 2017

Kids–dress up if you wish, be a seal or a fish–and bring your parents for a night of scavenger hunts, creature crafts, flashlight tours to a whale of a skeleton, costume parade, music, and more.

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UCSC STUDENTS
Be a part of our team! The Seymour Center is looking for qualified, enthusiastic UCSC students—apply today!

PARKING CHANGES
As of September 1, 2017, parking permits are required. 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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