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Celebrate Our Earth

Two venerable institutions in our county stand out in the way they encourage our awareness of the beauty of our Earth and its need for scientific and loving stewardship. Both are planning special events to bring us together and heighten our awareness of how we can participate.Put these two events on your calendars!

Seymour Marine Discovery Center celebrates Earth Week with an emphasis on oceans April 18-23.

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Mount Madonna School celebrates with its Summit for the Planet April 29th. More to come in future newsletters!

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We can't think of two better places to spend time learning more about our Earth and doing something to help and celebrate this amazing habitat.


Earth Week at Seymour Marine Discovery Center
A Family Friendly Event

Join us for special celebrations throughout the year. From World Oceans Day to the Marine Masquerade there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of the fun events we celebrate. Check out our calendar for a complete list.

Earth Week

April 18-23, 2017

Each April, our Earth Week celebration includes free admission for anyone arriving via people power (bicycle, walking, etc.) or via public transportation. Learn more about the big blue planet called Earth. The Seymour Center thanks you for doing your part to reduce your carbon emissions!

Earth week ends with a special talk on Sunday, April 23 at 1:30 PM by artist Lily Simonson.

Artist as Explorer: Painting in Tandem with Scientific Field Research

Join Lily Simonson as she discusses her experiences as an artist who embeds herself in scientific research expeditions to remote environments–from scuba diving under the sea ice in Antarctica to exploring hydrothermal vents near the equator.

  • Lectures take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
  • Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
  • Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
  • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

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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:

Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours

Read the review of the Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour from Hill Tromper and then "book your tour!"
Younger Lagoon Reserve ToursThis 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 2:00 p.m.

See our Calendar for Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour dates.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free with admission and open to the public. They 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. Space is limited to 12 participants. Advance reservations and advance payment required. Call 831-459-3800.

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Tours - Spring and Summer only

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf ToursThis 30-minute guided tour offers insights into one of the longest wooden piers in the United States. The Santa Cruz Wharf extends a half-mile out to sea in a dynamic and truly marine environment. Scientists at 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 docents lead tours of the wharf every Saturday during spring and summer at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

Docents are available to answer your marine science questions from noon until 4:00 p.m. Saturdays during spring and summer.

Tours are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Meet at the Wharf Stage behind Olitas restaurant at the Eco Tour sign (located behind the elevator).

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Earth Week at Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Schedule the best field trip of the year! Openings still available for Reserved School Tours and Self-guided Exhibit Explorations.

April 18-23
Enjoy pop-up exhibits, arts and crafts and a special talk on Sunday.

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Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday
10 AM to 5 PM

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Daily Tours

Tuesday - Sunday, 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM

Morning Family Tours: 11 AM (30 min)

For families with small children, we provide an abbreviated 30-minute guided exploration.

Tours are free with paid admission and are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-ups begin one hour before tour time at the admissions desk. All participants must be present to sign up. Large groups (more than 9 people) cannot be accommodated on any single tour; please see Group Visits to schedule a tour just for your group.

Due to ongoing construction on the Coastal Science Campus, our daily tours may have limited accessibility. Please call (831) 459-3800 for current conditions.

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