Free tours of public beaches at Younger Lagoon Reserve have resumed

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Free tours of the Younger Lagoon Reserve are again offered in association with the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at UC Santa Cruz. Tours, which have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 precautions, are offered select Thursdays and Saturdays of each month starting at 10:30am.

Visits to the Younger Lagoon Reserve are free and open to the public. The number of places is limited to 18 participants. To reserve, call 831-459-3800 or register online. Virtual tours in English and Spanish are also available online.

The 90-minute hike takes visitors to the 72-acre nature preserve adjacent to the Seymour Center at UC Santa Cruz’s Coastal Science Campus. Part of the UC Nature Preserve System, the Younger Lagoon Preserve serves as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom for research, teaching, and public service. It contains various coastal habitats and is home to birds of prey, migrating seabirds, bobcats and other wildlife.

During the tour, visitors will learn about what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about how one of California’s few coastal lagoons works. Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to a community science project to document species in the reserve using iNaturalist.

More information about Seymour Center and Younger Lagoon Preserve tours is available online at seymourcenter.ucsc.edu.

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