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Library & Community Center Outreach Programs

In addition to school outreach programs, we offer community outreaches at libraries and other community centers.Great for summer reading programs, after-school adventures, weekend upgrades and much more! The Living Coast Discovery Center has multiple programs for all ages designed for maximum movement, learning and of course, hands-on adventure with our animals and much more! 

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Library Outreach Program
A 45-60 minute educational program filled with lots of movement, interactions, and a hands-on discovery table for your families to enjoy!

Price: $175 for first program *travel fees may apply*
50% off each additional program, same day, same site

 Library Programs

Move It!
Animals slither, swim, jump, and fly in very interesting ways. Students will learn about local animals that call San Diego home. Through fun dance moves and up-close animal encounters, children will walk away knowing how to crawl like a tortoise and slither like a snake.

Hooterific
Ever wonder what it is like to walk in the shoes of an owl? Learn about the unique adaptations an owl has to help it survive. Students will learn about the beak, feathers, and wings as they dress up a classmate. And your class is sure to have a hooterific time meeting one of our owl ambassadors through this program!

Totally Tidepools
Life is tough in the tidepools! Children will discover some of the crazy ways animals stay safe. We will put on our claws, suction cups or feet and walk, swim or crawl to discover what amazing adaptations help animals survive. Full of movement, animal encounters and a discovery table, your families will be sure to “dive” into the world of tidepools.

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K-12 Outreach Program
A 60 minute educational program designed to be fun, engaging, and meet the new Common Core State Standards and the upcoming Next Generation Science Standards.

Price: $175 for first program *travel fees may apply*
50% off each additional program, same day, same site

 Kinder - 2nd Grade

Crawling Crabs (K)
Come crawl into the world of crabs and other crustacean relatives. Learn about adaptations with fun hands on exploration. Students will enjoy touching and observing crustacean molts. Students will also meet and hold real live crabs and other marine invertebrates.      

Slithering Snakes (K)
Slither yourself into the world of reptiles. Learn, through hands on exploration, the adaptations that make snakes a successful predator. Students will get to have an up close encounter with a snake and explore various biofacts that are found in a snake’s home.            
Arthropods All Around (1)
Arthropods are all around, just waiting to be observed by bug eyed scientists. With microscopes and magnifying glasses, the small world of arthropods will come alive. Students will get up close and personal with insects, arachnids, and other related local arthropods!

Budding Botanists (1)
Dig into the world of plant adaptations. Students will learn what it means to be a plant growing up in a dry place and how best to survive the hot conditions of Southern California. An engaging lab, where students will get to practice their observation skills and study the leaves of real native plants found right here in San Diego!
           
Beaks and Feet (1-2)
Discover what it means to be a bird expert. Through hands-on exploration and up close animal encounters, students will be able to build their own bird fit to survive its natural habitat. This interactive class is a perfect introduction to adaptations and considering how form fits function.

Perfect Pollinators (2)
What could be more perfect than learning about pollinators in a living garden? They’ll get hands-on with pollination and discover its importance to native species. Through fun, interactive role-play the students will get hands on with the entire pollination sequence!
              
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  3rd - 5th Grade

Crustacean Lab (3)
Ever wonder what it means to be a crab? Get up close with crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans as you explore the world of arthropods. From exoskeletons to real live animal encounters, students will learn what it means to be a marine invertebrate. Your students will be excited about their crabbing adventures and all that they learned in the crustacean lab.            
              
Survivor: A Shark’s Tail (3)
From kelp forests to open oceans, students will become shark experts on local species and YIKES may even get to touch real shark skin! This interactive lab teaches students about the many adaptations these top predators have to survive in the open ocean.
          
Geology Rocks (4)
There is so much to learn about the rock cycle. What better way to learn than with an edible rock you make yourself? Will you end up making a metamorphic, sedimentary, or igneous rock at the end of this fun activity? This rock cycle lab is sure to inspire the geologist in each of your students as they learn through hands on exploration about the processes that transform rocks and minerals. 

Survivor in the Saltmarsh (4)
Why do birds fly, fish swim, and crabs crawl? Discover, through up close encounters, what structures help saltmarsh organisms survive. Students will observe real wildlife found right here in south San Diego bay! Students become experts of the structure and function of saltmarsh organism adaptations.
              
Something’s Fishy (4-5)
Do you have the guts to discover…fish guts?! Introductory dissection lab designed for those students who are squeamish AND those raring to go!  Students will learn about the ins and outs (literally) of what makes a fish a fish. Through this fun, interactive dissection, students explore the internal and external parts that help a fish survive its marine habitat.
              
Something’s Squidy (4-5)
There is something squidy about this dissection. Students will learn about the internal and external parts that help a squid survive its ocean habitat. From three hearts to a reduced shell, the squid is a fascinating mollusk to scientifically study.
             

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 6th - 8th Grade

Plankton and Pollution (6-7)
Plankton can tell us a lot about the health of marine ecosystems. Using real microscopes and water samples, students will get to learn about these natural bioindicators. Students will engage in a discussion about human impact on natural habitats and begin to propose solutions that will help to protect our local waters.
             
Eat, Don’t Get Eaten (6-8)
Do your students have what it takes to be a field biologist? This program is a perfect introduction to everything ecology. Students will be challenged by the delicate balance of an ecological food web that must overcome disasters, natural and man-made alike. Students will get up close to real predator from a local San Diego ecosystem.
             
Fish N’ Me Anatomy (6-8)
Can fish tell us something about being a human? Through a fishy and fun dissection, students will compare what parts of a fish are similar to humans and what parts are very different. Mackrel provide an excellent model for scientific exploration and comparison of vascular systems.
              
Squid N’ Me Anatomy (6-8)
Do squid and humans have anything in common? Compare the anatomical parts of a squid and learn how its physiology is designed to help it survive a habitat very different than ours! This squidy dissection will have your students talking about the importance of adaptations to the survival of any species.
              
The Good, The Bad, and The Bizarre (7-8)
Discover the animal “gene pool lottery” that will produce good adaptations, bad traits, and bizarre appearances for wild animals. Students will model dominant and recessive traits with a chance to create an ultimate animal or be stuck with a bizarre organism. Students will be asked to critically discuss whether such mutations are harmful, beneficial, or neutral to their animal, as well as real life examples found right here on the marsh!
             
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 9th - 12th Grade

 Jr. Ichthyologist (9-12)
The fish off the California coast are all dying and it is up to you, a fish scientist, to help save them! Jr. Icthyologists will dissect mackerel to learn about their internal systems and discover what may have caused their mysterious death. Learn about the importance of protecting whole ecosystems, studying causes of population die offs, and why science is really important for meeting human needs.
              
Where’s My Shell? (9-12)
Mollusks are soft bodied animals with shells. But there is one mollusk that is missing its shell! Through this program, students will dissect squid and discover the answer to the mystery of a shell-less mollusk. Students will look for patterns and compare-contrast squid to other living mollusks.
           
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*CCSS: Common Core State Standards, NGSS: Next Generation Science Standards **Programs include scientific & engineering practices and crosscutting concepts that prepare students for success in the above listed performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards.


Preschool Outreach Program
A 30 minute educational program filled with lots of movement, interactions, and animal encounters that is sure to inspire the animal lover in all your kids!

Price: $125 for first program *travel fees may apply*
50% off each additional program, same day, same site

 PreK-TK

Move It! (PreK-TK)
Animals slither, swim, jump, and fly in very interesting ways. Students will learn about local animals that call San Diego home. Through fun dance moves and up-close animal encounters, children will walk away knowing how to crawl like a tortoise and slither like a snake.

Hooterific (PreK-TK)
Ever wonder what it is like to walk in the shoes of an owl? Learn about the unique adaptations an owl has to help it survive. Students will learn about the beak, feathers, and wings as they dress up a classmate. And your class is sure to have a hooterific time meeting one of our owl ambassadors through this program!

Totally Tidepools (PreK-TK)
Life is tough in the tidepools! Children will discover some of the crazy ways animals stay safe. We will put on our claws, suction cups or feet and walk, swim or crawl to discover what amazing adaptations help animals survive. Full of movement, animal encounters and a discovery table, your families will be sure to “dive” into the world of tidepools.

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Discovery Station
A 60 minute discovery booth featuring a local San Diego animal and hands-on science interaction, perfect for your next science night or community event.

Price: $150 for first hour
50% off each additional hour, same day, same site

 Discovery Stations

Radical Reptiles
Crawl into the world of reptiles, with our San Diego animal ambassadors. Learn about what all reptiles have in common. Look at snake skin up-close and compare the sizes of tortoises and sea turtles.

Science of Flight
Learn what it takes to live in the air! Meet one of our raptor ambassadors up-close and discover how feathers, hollow bones, and specially shaped wings adapt birds for flight. This table is sure to inspire the naturalist in all your students!

Seashore Splash
Life is tough in the tidepools! Children will discover some of the crazy ways tidepool animals are adapted for the rocky shores. With hands-on interaction, students will be able to touch, see, and discover what it takes to cling to a slippery home.


 San Diego Spotlight
Have a meeting or group that would love to meet an animal up close? This is a 15-20 minute appearance featuring a local San Diego animal. The animal care specialist will introduce the animal and teach the group about all its amazing adaptations.

Price: $75 for one animal ambassador *travel fees may apply*

San Diego Mingling
Have a community event or fundraiser coming up? Our animal ambassadors will be the talk of the town! This is a 45-60 minute appearance featuring a local San Diego animal. The animal care specialist will bring the animal around, mingling with your guests. Perfect for an evening auction, cocktail hour, or corporate event.

Price: $150 for one animal ambassador *travel fees may apply*

 Animal Ambassadors

Choose from these amazing animal ambassadors:

  • American Kestrel
  • Barn Owl
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Screech Owl
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rosy Boa
  • Gopher Snake
  • Kingsnake
  • Milksnake
  • Desert Tortoise
  • Chuckwalla

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For Information & Questions call the Education Department today! 619-409-5908