Santa Cruz ECOTOUR

NEW! As of April 2014, the Santa Cruz EcoTour is now available as a Mobile Ranger smart phone app free from the iTunes store!  You can still use the maps below but the new app has improved and expanded content!SCWaves_graphic_May_2014_1275X1039




IMG_0909Discover Santa Cruz’s environmental resources and efforts to protect them at the Municipal Wharf.  With both a self-guided or guided tour option led by Seymour Marine Discovery Center Docents, web visitors can download an EcoTour map and brochure, to view “Green Spot” locations and topics featured on the EcoTour.  Guided tours are offered year-round for free on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM for thirty minutes each.  Extending half a mile out to sea, the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf is the longest Wharf in the U.S. and brings visitors into a true marine environment with whales, dolphins, sea lions, otters, fish, sea birds, and other marine life.

Guided tours feature…

Environmental Stewardship on the Wharf

Generating renewable energy and greening businesses.

Preventing local marine pollution.

Interpreting marine science research for the public.


Scientific Research on the Wharf

Monitoring water quality and harmful marine toxins.

Studying Sea Lion senses and intelligence.


r take a self-guided tour of the entire Santa Cruz coastline using your smart phone! Look for EcoTour Green Spots while you walk, bike, or drive and discover local environmental stewardship. Use the downloadable map brochure below or search the app store for your device: for the Mobile Ranger Wharf EcoTour;  it’s free to download!

Download the EcoTour map and brochure here.

Featured organizations…




Be sure to patronize the Monterey Bay Green Businesses along the EcoTour routeGreen Rebate Programs offer businesses on the Wharf the opportunity to reduce their operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. By “greening” businesses on the Wharf, Santa Cruz will take a large step in achieving its Climate Action Plan and the Wharf may serve as a model for others looking to achieve the same goal. The following Wharf businesses are currently enrolled in the Monterey Bay Green Business Program:

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