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The Living Coast Discovery Center offers fun and educational Day Camps programs year-round during school breaks for kids ages 4-18. 

Through animal encounters, games, arts and crafts, outdoor exploration, role play and career exploration, the world of our amazing native wildlife comes to life!  Our educational Day Camps are a fun way for your kids to learn during school breaks.

Summer Camps 2015!

Sunny San Diego offers the perfect venue for outdoor fun! Summer camps are back at the Living Coast Discovery Center June 8th – July 17th.

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 Pre K - Kinder

IMG_0029For children aged 4-6

Students MUST be at least 4 years old on first day of the program to attend

Choose from one of the great camps below


Super Senses
June 8-10: 9am – 12pm
$68 non-members ($62 members)

Sniff like a shark, touch like an octopus and hear like a barn owl.  As we use our five senses, we’ll examine the awesome ways animals use theirs.

Little Gardeners
June 11-12: 9am – 12pm
July 2-3: 9am – 12pm
$47 non-members ($43 members) 

Time to get grubby as we dig into our local soil! We’ll plant seeds, press flowers and explore for worms in the compost pile, all while visiting with our local wildlife. Budding gardeners will dig this camp! 

Tiny But Mighty New!
June 15-17: 9am – 12pm
June 29-July 1: 9am – 12pm
$68 non-members ($62 members) 

Some of the tiniest creatures have the most amazing Super Hero abilities!  From beetles with super strength to geckos that scale walls, we will explore the mighty creatures of our new SuperWild Seasonal Exhibit through games, crafts, and of course, hands-on animal encounters!

Rock Stars
June 18-19: 9am – 12pm
$47 non-members ($43 members) 

Come meet some of the coolest rock stars on the planet – California’s own amazing sea stars!  Discover sea stars and other shoreline celebrities up-close as we learn about life in a tide pool.

Radical Rays
June 22-24: 9am – 12pm
$68 non-members ($62 members) 

This is a camp all about one of the Living Coast’s most-loved animals: stingrays!  Through crafts, games and lots of up-close time with these graceful creatures, we’ll discover all of the radical ways of rays!

Squiggly Snakes and Leapin’ Lizards
June 25-26: 9am – 12pm
$47 non-members ($43 members) 

This camp is all about those radical reptiles! We’ll slither with snakes and lounge with lizards as we discover the scaly world of our local reptiles through games, crafts and up-close (and safe) animal encounters! 

Flashy Splashy Friends
July 6-8: 9am – 12pm
$68 non-members ($62 members) 

We will flap, fly, crawl and swim into the fun of snakes, birds, and fish that use color in unique ways every day! Campers will get hands-on with our NEW friends and learn how some animals want to blend in, while for others it is better to stand out! 

No Bones About It
July 9-10: 9am – 12pm
$47 non-members ($43 members) 

From tentacles that stick to insects that fly and creatures that crawl, this camp is all about those crazy animals that have no bones about them!  We will dig, dance, and discover how many of these critters live all around us and even get a chance to get hands-on!

Shark Bites
July 13-15: 9am – 12pm
$68 non-members ($62 members) 

Sharks are some of the coolest animals around!  In this camp, we will “swim” like sharks, feed sharks and even (gulp!) touch a shark! Through games, crafts and up-close encounters, we’ll sink our teeth into all things shark!

Turtles In My Sandbox
July 16-17: 9am – 12pm
$47 non-members ($43 members) 

Eggs buried in the sand, shells as big as a 5 year old…what can it be?  It’s turtles!  We’ll discover these awesome reptiles and learn how cool being cold blooded really is. Through games, crafts, and lots of hands-on animal encounters this camp is sure to be a splash!

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 1st – 3rd Graders







Survivor in the Saltmarsh
June 8-12: 9am – 12:30pm
July 6-10: 1pm – 4:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members) 

Sweetwater Marsh is home-sweet-home to amazing plant and animal life!  Prey animals are built tough for survival! From speed to camouflage we will explore how the animal kingdom tries NOT to get eaten, and learn how we can be a survivor in the saltmarsh too!

Combine with Trip to the Tropics June 8th – 12th or Super Powers of the SuperWild July 6th – 10th to make a full day!

Trip to the Tropics
June 8-12: 1pm – 4:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members) 

Hop on board for a tropical adventure! From feeding colorful fish to time with the sea turtles, we will explore the fascinating creatures of the tropics. Don’t worry we will be back in time for pick up!

Combine with Survivor in the Saltmarsh to make a full day!

Commotion in the Ocean
June 15-19: 9am – 12:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members) 

Make a real splash in a camp that’s all about ocean life!  Prepare to dive into a world of sea turtles, sharks, seahorses and more as we discover the amazing marine critters that call San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean home!

Combine with Jr. Apprentice to make a full day!

Jr. Apprentice
June 15-19: 1pm – 4:30pm
July 13-17: 9am – 12:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members) 

The perfect camp for budding biologists!  We’ll track wildlife on the marsh, explore life under the microscope, feed sharks and meet sea turtles up-close. We’ll even see what it takes to care for eagles, owls and endangered clapper rails.  Being a biologist has never been more fun!

Combine with Commotion in the Ocean June 15th – 19th or NIU July 13th – 17th to make a full day!

Super Powers of the SuperWild! New!
June 22-26: 9am – 12:30pm
July 6-10: 9am – 12:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members) 

This camp is all about the Superheroes of the wild world! Join our new animal ambassadors as we explore real life Super Hero abilities that these wild creatures use every day. We’ll get hands on with snakes that fish with lightning fast speed, birds that radiate heat, hulk sized insects, and reptiles that stretch to the extreme- and learn WHY and HOW they do it!

Combine with That’s Gross June 22nd – 26th or Survivor in the Saltmarsh July 6th – 10th to make a full day!

That’s Gross!
June 22-26: 1pm – 4:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members) 

Come discover the slimy, gooey, dirty, and sometimes smelly, animals and plants that call the Living Coast Discovery Center home!  From slippery squid to hairy tarantulas and owl pellets to poo – this camp will leave your child saying, “EWWW that’s gross and AWESOME!”

Combine with Super Powers of the SuperWild to make a full day!

Nature Investigators Unit (NIU)
June 29-July 3: 9am – 12:30pm
July 13-17: 1pm – 4:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members) 

Tank the Tortoise has gone missing! Join a week-long investigation to help solve the mystery of his disappearance and bring him home! Well examine clues, use real forensic science, investigate suspects, and meet lots of amazing animals along the way.

Combine with Wild n’ Wacky California June 28th – July 3rd or Jr. Apprentice July 13th – 17th to make a full day!

Wild n’ Wacky California
June 29-July 3: 1pm – 4:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members)

They may look strange but some of those wacky creatures can actually be the coolest!  From reptiles that change color to a Giant Pacific Octopus that squeezes and squishes, this camp is all about getting hands-on with those creatures that make you go…. “Weird!”

Combine with Nature Investigators Unit to make a full day!

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 4th – 6th Graders

IMG_0675Kayaks and Keepers – FULL

(Limit 14 campers)

June 15-19: 9am – 4:30pm 
June 29-July 3: 9am – 4:30pm
$230 non-members ($208 members) 
Full – A waitlist is available on first come first serve basis.

Think you have seen it all in Apprentice Camp? Think again! An unforgettable experience, this camp is all about new adventures!  Campers will spend two days off site (Tuesday and Thursday) kayaking south San Diego Bay. We will master kayaking techniques, paddle out to discover what dwells in the bay and of course, HAVE FUN! We will be on site at the Living Coast Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, learning what it takes to work with our new visitors in our SuperWild exhibit.  Each student will get hands on by helping our keepers feed, clean, and socialize our new critters as well as discovering the super powers they use every day!

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Bio Days
June 22-23: 9am – 4:00pm
July 6-7: 9am – 4:00pm
$140 non-members ($126 members)

An unforgettable experience for teens who are interested in a career working with animals!  Experience two days in the life of a keeper/aquarist first hand while working behind the scenes with staff biologists.  Prepare animal diets, clean enclosures and more while discovering the inner workings of a wildlife facility!

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Missed out? Check out our equivalent Biologist for a Weekend program. Click here to see our summer dates! Or call 619-409-5908 for other options.

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