Group Visits

Coming with a big group? Give us a heads up! We’ll help you customize a self-guided experience with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Coming with a school group? Head over to School Programs.

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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

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 habitats 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 Saturdays of each month beginning at 10:30 AM.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 18 participants. Advance reservations are highly recommended. 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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Dates & Availability
Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours are offered on selected Thursdays and Saturdays of each month beginning at 10:30 AM:

 

Duration
Approximately 90 minutes for entire tour. Plan extra time to explore the whale skeletons, shark pool, aquarium, and exhibits after your tour.
Virtual Tour

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 UC Santa Cruz student! Click on the links below to access either of the tours.

Younger Lagoon Reserve Virtual Tour Reserva Younger Lagoon Paseo Virtual

Marine Mammal Overlook Tour

Returning to Seymour Center Summer 2022, this 30 minute daily tour will take you behind the scenes to an overlook where you will see where and how marine mammal research happens at UC Santa Cruz. Subscribe to the mailing list, below, to hear first when these tours are back.