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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


Long Marine Lab100 McAllister WaySanta Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab is dedicated to educating people about the role scientific research plays in the understanding and conservation of the world's oceans.


The Seymour Center is a small aquarium, with exhibits and the largest blue whale skeleton on display in the world. There is a seawater touch table, a shark touch pool, and a wonderful Ocean Discovery Shop.

Volunteer opportunities are plentiful at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Volunteers are constantly learning about the latest in ocean science, marine biology, and ocean conservation.

Become a Seymour Marine Discovery Volunteer and

* contribute to the community
* explore the ocean and sea life
* learn about exciting marine science research firsthand from the experts
* attend special field trips, seminars, lectures, and outings
* make new friends
* share your knowledge with children and visitors from around the world
* enjoy social events and potlucks
* receive discounts in the Ocean Discovery Shop
* earn courtesy guest passes

It could change your life!

"Loved our visit here. Touch pools were so fun and the staff are so knowledgeable. One docent was our favorite, thank you Jack for being so much fun. The center is lucky to have such great volunteers." J.W., Folsom, CA

Over 200 volunteers continually support the Center in a variety of ways, from teaching underserved kids to painting whale bones to leading tours as a docent. Volunteers support day-to-day operations and many education programs that benefit the community. In return,our volunteers get a lifelong learning opportunity.


Would you recommend Seymour Marine Discovery Center?
2 reviews Write a review
by Don E. (July 12, 2015)
I have been a volunteer exhibit guide at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center since Oct of 2014. I never thought of myself as a volunteering type of person, usually shy in social situations. However, from the first training class I realized this was going to be FUN. My class contained the full gambit of people and age ranges. High school students to retired teachers and professionals. Everyone there for a common purpose, to learn about our Monterey Bay and the world's oceans and to share that knowledge with our community. The training is low key, informative and not time intensive. Center staff work hard to accommodate your time needs and personnel schedule. Spending a few hours a week with the Monterey Bay stretching out 50 yards away is not really work. It is very rewarding to interface with the Center visitors from our area, around the USA and the world. The greatest satisfaction are the children who truly love the touch pools. Come on over and join the fun.
by Martha S. from Santa Cruz, CA (July 9, 2015)
I've been volunteering at the Seymour Center for 6 years, and there are many who have been volunteering many years longer! There's just something about being in view of the ocean, sharing my enthusiasm about the ocean inhabitants and knowledge of the Seymour Center that keeps me coming back. And with the variety of exhibits, ocean critters, and scientific research - as well as variety of visitors, school groups, and other groups - each day is interesting and different. Plus there always something new to learn and opportunities to keep learning. All the Seymour Center staff are welcoming and continually grateful for our help - and there is a nice comaraderie with fellow volunteers (from high schoolers to senior citizens).

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