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Wildlife Camps

We offer fun and educational Wildlife Day Camps year-round for kids ages 4-18.

Through animal encounters, games, arts & crafts, outdoor exploration, role play and career exploration, the world of our amazing native wildlife comes to life!  Our Wildlife Day camps are a fun and interactive way to educate kids about wildlife, conservation, and science.

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Summer Camp registration is open! Hurry before early bird ends April 19th April 26th.

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Summer Camps Schedule

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 Pre K - Kinder (ages 4+)

Pre K – Kinder (ages 4+)

All camps are 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

3-day camps: $78 (Members: $70)

2-day camps: $52 (Members:$47)

Turtle Trek- June 12 -1420170328_105309

Travel the Pacific with our sea turtle friends! We’ll “swim” from country to c
ountry discovering what makes each so fun and meeting meeting lots of new animals around the way. From crafts to games to hands on encounters, this camps will have your camps SWIMMING with excitement

No Bones About It- June 15-16

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

Who’s New at the Zoo- June 19-21

From reptiles to birds, to fish and amphibians, let’s take a trip around the globe and see
what’s new at the zoo! Through crafts, games, and many unique up-close animal encounters, come see our new seasonal exhibit animals right here at the Living Coast!

Snakes N’ Lizards- June 22-23

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!

Radical Rays- June 26-2820170328_141139

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!

Little Gardeners- June 29-30

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 and bug enthusiasts will dig this camp!

Shark Bites- July 5-7

Sharks are some of the coolest animals around!  In this camp, we’ll “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!

Tiny But Mighty- July 10-12

Some of the tiniest creatures have the most amazing Super Hero abilities! From beetles20170324_144222 with super strength to geckos that scale walls we will explore these mighty creatures of our new Super Wild Seasonal Exhibit through games, crafts, and of course, hands on animal encounters!

Turtles in my Sandbox- July 13-14

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!

Who’s New at the Zoo- July 17-19

From reptiles to birds, to fish and amphibians, let’s take a trip around the globe and see what’s new at the zoo! Through crafts, games, and many unique up-close animal encounters, come see our new seasonal exhibit animals right here at the Living Coast!

Rock Stars- July 20-21

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.

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 1st - 3rd Grade

1st – 3rd Grade

Morning camps- 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon camps- 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Combine morning and afternoon sessions for a full day camp!

All camps: $130 (Members: $117)*

*except Jr. Keeper July 5-7

$78 (Members: $70)

Jr. Keeper- June 5-9 Morning

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 Ridgway’s rails. Being a biologist has never been more fun!

Zoo Clues- June 12-16 Morning20170322_144726

How does a volcano work? What makes rain? How do animals survive in so many different environments? Through riddles, experiments, and up close animal encounters we will be solving mysteries in the natural world!

A Shark’s Tale- June 12-16 Afternoon

Did you know that sharks have survived for millions of years! This camp is all about what they have and how they live that has helped them stick around! We will get up close, hands on, help feed and discover some of their closest relatives as we play the ultimate game of survival!

That’s Gross!- June 19-21 Morning

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!”

Commotion in the Ocean- June 19-23 Afternoon

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!!

Species Invaders- June 26-30 Morning

Do you know what species are invading our city? We need your help finding ways to bring back our local animals! Learn what strategies scientists use and what kinds of species invaders we have in the oceans, on land, and in the air!

Sea Turtle Splash- June 26-30 Afternoon20170323_112020

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!

Jr. Keeper- July 5-7 Morning

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 Ridgway’s rails. Being a biologist has never been more fun!

Nature Investigators Unit- July 10-14 Morning
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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.

Zoo Clues- July 10-14 Afternoon

How does a volcano work? What makes rain? How do animals survive in so many different environments? Through riddles, experiments, and up close animal encounters we will be solving mysteries in the natural world!

Commotion in the Ocean- July 17-21 Morning

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!!

Species Invaders- July 17-21 Afternoon20170321_112515

Do you know what species are invading our city? We need your help finding ways to bring back our local animals! Learn what strategies scientists use and what kinds of species invaders we have in the oceans, on land, and in the air!

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 4th - 6th Grade

4th – 6th Grade

All camps are 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$260 (Members: $234)

Kayaks to Keepers- June 12-16

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! Monday, Wednesday and Friday we will be on site at the Living Coast learning what it takes to work with our new visitors 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.

Science of Sailing- June 19-23

What side of the boat does a pirate try to avoid…. The outside!  We will spend two days on a sail boat learning the ticks, trades and science of the sailing world while also doing fun experiments to figure out how sailing works!  Additionally we will spend some time with our amazing animals who have inspired science throughout time, we may even come up with some new ideas of our own!

Paddle the Pacific- June 26-30

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This one is all about the science of the sea! Campers will spend two days off site (Tuesday and Thursday) testing their balance while they paddle board around San Diego Bay. They will learn all about what dwells in the ocean (right below them!) through hands on feeds and encounters with some of our new critters as well as discovering what makes the ocean such as fascinating and mysterious place.

Kayaks to Keepers- July 10-14

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! Monday, Wednesday and Friday we will be on site at the Living Coast learning what it takes to work with our new visitors 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.

Paddle the Pacific- July 17-21

The next level after Kayak Camp this one is all about the science of the sea! Campers will spend two days off site (Tuesday and Thursday) testing their balance while they paddle board around San Diego Bay. They will learn all about what dwells in the ocean (right below them!) through hands on feeds and encounters with some of our new critters as well as discovering what makes the ocean such as fascinating and mysterious place.

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 Teens

Teens
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June 19 – 20 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

July 6-7 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$160 (Members $144)

Keeper 101

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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