Home   Programs   Day Camps

Day Camps

 

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 Day Camps Enrolling Now!
Your students will have lots of fun this summer at the Living Coast Discovery Center.
Come splash into a world of animal color, get up close with native species, and discover what
is special about San Diego habitats! Camps run June 9th-July 18th.

Click Here To Register

 Camps are based on graduating grade levels from the
2013-2014 School Year.

 

Registrations online today! For questions about a particular camp or registration, please call the education department at
619-409-5908!

 June 9th - 13th

Radical Rays
June 9th – 11th
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!

I Like to Move it, Move it!
June 9th – 11th
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$68 non- members ($62 members)

Animals have all the right moves! Can you walk like a crab, soar like an eagle or glide like a shark? We’ll jump, crawl, slither and run like animals during this active camp!

Turtles in My Sandbox
June 12th – 13th
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.

Rock Stars
June 12th – 13th
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$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.

 June 16th - 20th

No Bones About It! – NEW!
June 16th – 17th
9am – 12pm
$47 non- members ($43 members)

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

Animal Snackers
June 18th – 20th
9am – 12pm
$68 non- members ($62 members)

Would a mouse, cricket or raw fish make your tummy happy?  Maybe not but these “yummy treats” make delicious snacks for the Living Coast Discovery Center’s critters. Come discover who eats what and how animals chew, gulp and slurp their favorite foods.  (You’ll even get a chance to help feed some of the LCDC animals!)

Claws!
June 16th – 17th
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$47 non- members ($43 members)

Get ready to meet a crowd of crabby critters. We’ll crawl with crabs and lurch with lobsters in a camp that’s all about those crazy crustaceans.  It will be more than a pinch of fun!

Shark Bites
June 18th – 20th
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$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!

 June 23rd - 27th

Flashy Splashy Friends – NEW!
June 23rd – 25th
9am – 12pm
$68 non- members ($62 members)

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

Little Gardeners
June 26th – 27th
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!

Big Blue
June 23rd – 25th
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$68 non- members ($62 members)

Get ready to make a splash as we discover fascinating fish that call the ocean home. From sea horses that grab to sharks that nab, we’ll dive in to the big blue!

Hooterific
June 26th – 27th
1:30 – 4:30
$47 non- members ($43 members)

Get ready to take flight as we burrow into the incredible world of owls! We’ll explore silent wings, talons, beaks and even dissect owl pellets!  Don’t miss out- it’s going to be a hoot!

 June 30th - July 3rd

Tortuguitas
June 30th – July 1st
9am – 12pm
$47 non- members ($43 members)

Explore el mundo de las tortugas! In this bilingual (English/Spanish) program we will have close encounters with our sea turtles and their reptile friends. Get hands on as you explore the world of turtles and learn a little Spanish along the way. Perfect for English and Spanish speakers!

Squiggly Snakes and Leapin’ Lizards
July 2nd – 3rd
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!

No Bones About It! – NEW!
June 30th – July 1st
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$47 non- members ($43 members)

From tentacles that stick to insects that fly and sea life that crawls, 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!

Turtles in my Sandbox
July 2nd – 3rd
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$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.

 July 7th - 11th

Rock Stars
July 7th – 8th
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.

Shark Bites
July 9th – 11th
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!

Little Gardeners
July 7th – 8th 
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$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!

Radical Rays
July 9th – 11th
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$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!

 July 14th - 18th

Big Blue
July 14th – 16th
9am – 12pm
$68 non- members ($62 members)

Get ready to make a splash as we discover fascinating fish that call the ocean home. From sea horses that grab to sharks that nab, we’ll dive in to the big blue!

Claws!
July 17th – 18th
9am – 12pm
$47 non- members ($43 members)

Get ready to meet a crowd of crabby critters. We’ll crawl with crabs and lurch with lobsters in a camp that’s all about those crazy crustaceans.  It will be more than a pinch of fun!

Flashy Splashy Friends – NEW!
July 14th – 16th 
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$68 non- members ($62 members)

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

Tortuguitas
July 17th – 18th
1:30pm – 4:30pm
$47 non- members ($43 members)

Explore el mundo de las tortugas! In this bilingual (English/Spanish) program we will have close encounters with our sea turtles and their reptile friends. Get hands on as you explore the world of turtles and learn a little Spanish along the way.

Register Early! There is a 10% early bird discount until April 28th, 2014. Day camp programs are filled on a first paid, first served basis. Full registration must be paid in order to reserve a space. Children who do not meet the age/grade requirements for programs will not be enrolled.

Registrations online today! For questions about a particular camp or registration, please call the education department at
619-409-5908!

 June 9th - 13th

Sea Turtle Splash
June 9th – 13th
9am – 12:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members)

We’ll make a splash as we discover the amazing sea turtles that call the Living Coast and San Diego Bay home! Do they really live 100 years? Can they grow as big as you? Are they really green? From beak to tail, we’ll explore all things turtle!

Wild California
June 9th – 13th
1pm – 4:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members)

Some of the coolest cribs are found in California!  We’ll explore animal homes from the great kelp forest to the dry dessert!  Meet the animals that call these pads home and how they are perfectly adapted to live there.

 June 16th - 20th

Wild World of Color! – NEW!
June 16th – 20th
9am – 12:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members)

Do you know what lights up the darkest ocean, or why a parrot is blue? Find out as we dive into the strange, wonderful and wild world of color!  Campers will get hands-on with our NEW friends to learn how an animal’s coloring works with its habitat to help it find food, stay safe or send a message.

That’s Gross!
June 16th – 20th
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 home!  From slippery squid to hairy tarantulas and owl pellets to poop – this camp will leave your child saying, “EWWW that’s gross and AWESOME!”

 June 23rd - 27th

Nature Investigation Unit
June 23rd – 27th
9am – 12:30pm
$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.

Sea Turtle Splash
June 23rd – 27th
1pm – 4:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members)

We’ll make a splash as we discover the amazing sea turtles that call the Living Coast and San Diego Bay home! Do they really live 100 years? Can they grow as big as you? Are they really green? From beak to tail, we’ll explore all things turtle!

 June 30th - July 3rd (4 Day Camp)

Jr. Apprentice
June 30th – July 3rd
9am – 12:30pm
$92 non-members ($84 members)
4 day camp

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!

Trip to the Tropics
June 30th – July 3rd
1:00pm – 4:30pm
$92 non-members ($84 members)
4 day camp

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!

 July 7th - 11th

That’s Gross!
July 7th – 11th
9am – 12:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members)

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

Wild World of Color! – NEW!
July 7th – 11th
1:30PM – 4:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members)

Do you know what lights up the darkest ocean or why a parrot is blue? Find out as we dive into the strange, wonderful and wild world of color!  Campers will get hands-on with our NEW friends to learn how an animal’s coloring works with its habitat to help it find food, stay safe or send a message.

 July 14th - 18th

Wild California
July 14th – 18th
9am – 12:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members)

Some of the coolest cribs are found in California!  We’ll explore animal homes from the great kelp forest to the dry dessert!  Meet the animals that call these pads home and how they are perfectly adapted to live

Nature Investigation Unit
July 14th – 18th
1:30pm – 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.

Register Early! There is a 10% early bird discount until April 28th, 2014. Day camp programs are filled on a first paid, first served basis. Full registration must be paid in order to reserve a space. Children who do not meet the age/grade requirements for programs will not be enrolled.

 

Registrations online today! For questions about a particular camp or registration, please call the education department at
619-409-5908!

 June 9th - 13th

Apprentice
June 9th – 13th
9am – 12:30pm
$199 non-members ($179 members)
Limit 10 Campers

What is it like to work with animals? What is being a field biologist all about? How do you feed an octopus, hold a snake or clean a giant aquarium? This camp is a hands-on opportunity to learn what its like to be a keeper!

Splash of Science
June 9th – 13th
1pm – 4:30pm
$143 non-members ($129 members)
Limit 15 Campers

Did you know that an octopus can change the color and texture of its body, or that a chameleon can change its color to blend in?  In this camp we will get chatty with parrots, slimy with a Giant Pacific Octopus and hands-on with a Turaco. Come and join the world of scientists as we discover all the wild and weird ways that animals use color in nature!

 July 7th – 11th

Splash of Science
July 14th – 18th
9am – 12:30pm
$143 non-members ($129 members)
Limit 15 Campers

Did you know that an octopus can change the color and texture of its body, or that a chameleon can change its color to blend in?  In this camp, we will get chatty with parrots, slimy with a Giant Pacific Octopus and hands on with a Turaco in this camp. Come and join the world of scientists as we discover all the wild and weird ways that animals use color in nature!

Tortuga
July 14th – 18th
1:00pm – 4:30pm
$143 non-members ($129 members)
Limit 15 Campers

Explore the majestic life of las tortugas marinas in this bilingual (English/Spanish) program!  From the Mediterranean to Honolulu and Lima to San Diego, sea turtles travel el mundo!  Learn about their amazing journeys, their awesome adaptations and how you can help this marine reptile thrive!  Because of their international travels, we’ll learn some Spanish words and phrases throughout the camp!

Register Early! There is a 10% early bird discount until April 28th, 2014. Day camp programs are filled on a first paid, first served basis. Full registration must be paid in order to reserve a space. Children who do not meet the age/grade requirements for programs will not be enrolled.

Registrations online today! For questions about a particular camp or registration, please call the education department at
619-409-5908!

Need a full day of camps? Call us about a few different options! 619-409-5908

 June 23rd - 27th

Kayaks and Keepers
June 23rd – 27th
9am – 12:30pm
$199 non-members ($179 members)
Limit 10 campers

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 animals that are visiting for our Splash of Color exhibit.  Each student will get hands on by helping our keepers feed, clean, and socialize our new critters as well as discovering the crazy ways that they use color in nature.

Note: Drop off for camp Tuesday and Thursday will be at:

Pepper Park
3299 Tidelands Ave
National City, CA 91950

Safety is our first priority! Kayaking is provided by YMCA Aquatic Center where a 1 lifeguard to 6 student ratio is implemented as well as additional LCDC instructors (all first aid and CPR certified). No student is allowed near the water without wearing an approved life vest at any time.

 July 7th - 11th

Kayaks and Keepers
July 7th – 11th
9am – 12:30pm
$199 non-members ($179 members)
Limit 10 campers

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 animals that are visiting for our Splash of Color exhibit.  Each student will get hands on by helping our keepers feed, clean, and socialize our new critters as well as discovering the crazy ways that they use color in nature.

Note: Drop off for camp Tuesday and Thursday  will be at:

Pepper Park
3299 Tidelands Ave
National City, CA 91950

Safety is our first priority! Kayaking is provided by YMCA Aquatic Center where a 1 lifeguard to 6 student ratio is implemented as well as additional LCDC instructors (all first aid and CPR certified). No student is allowed near the water without wearing an approved life vest at any time.

Register Early! There is a 10% early bird discount until April 28th, 2014. Day camp programs are filled on a first paid, first served basis. Full registration must be paid in order to reserve a space. Children who do not meet the age/grade requirements for programs will not be enrolled.

Registrations online today! For questions about a particular camp or registration, please call the education department at
619-409-5908!

 June 16th -17th

Teens (Age 13-18)

Biologist Days
June 16th – 17th
9am – 4pm
$140 non-members ($126 members)

Limit 4 Campers

An unforgettable experience for teens who are interested in a career working with animals!  Experience two days in the life of a keeper and aquarist first hand while working behind the scenes with staff biologists.  Prepare animal diets, clean enclosures and discover firsthand the inner workings of a wildlife facility! Do you have what it takes to work in Animal Care? This is an unforgettable camp experience for teens 13-18yrs.

 July 7th - 8th

Teens (Age 13-18)

Biologist Days
July 7th – 8th
9am – 4pm
$140 non-members ($126 members)

Limit 4 Campers

An unforgettable experience for teens who are interested in a career working with animals!  Experience two days in the life of a keeper and aquarist first hand while working behind the scenes with staff biologists.  Prepare animal diets, clean enclosures and discover firsthand the inner workings of a wildlife facility! Do you have what it takes to work in Animal Care? This is an unforgettable camp experience for teens 13-18yrs.

Register Early!
There is a 10% early bird discount until April 28th, 2014. Day camp programs are filled on a first paid, first served basis. Full registration must be paid in order to reserve a space. Children who do not meet the age/grade requirements for programs will not be enrolled.

 

 Check out our full camp flier in PDF by clicking here

Click the image below for a handy dandy planning schedule in PDF!

T-Shirts!
Would your child like a camp shirt to commemorate their adventures? Check out the 2014 design! Each shirt is $10 while in stock.