Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Learn more about exciting marine research behind the scenes and experience the spectacular surroundings of our location. Join us for one of these two tours:


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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

Younger Lagoon Reserve is now offering a virtual tour in both English and Spanish. This virtual tour follows the same stops as our behind-the-scenes hiking tour, and is led by a UCSC student! Click on the links below to access either of the tours.

Younger Lagoon Reserve Virtual Tour (English)

Reserva Younger Lagoon Paseo Virtual (Español)

Read more about the virtual tours, here.

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

*In-person Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours are currently suspended until further notice. Please check back for the latest update.

This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 10:30 AM.

See our Calendar for Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour dates.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 18 participants. Advance reservations highly recommended; call 831-459-3800. Tours are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested.


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Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Experience — Summer Only

*The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Experience is currently suspended until further notice. Please check back for the latest update.

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Tours

Come learn more about Monterey Bay, from a vantage point a half-mile out to sea, without ever leaving land! The Santa Cruz Wharf extends a half-mile out to sea in a dynamic and truly marine environment. Scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz utilize this easy access to ocean ecosystems to conduct research in sustainable energy, biological oceanography, harmful algal blooms, and marine mammals.

Seymour Center volunteers are available to answer your marine science questions Saturdays from noon to 3 PM, May 25 to September 5, 2020 (except June 27 or July 4).

Look for us near the end of the wharf.

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