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Wildlife Camps

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

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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 Pre K - Kinder Graduates

Pre K – Kinder (Limit 15 Campers)

3 Day Camps: $78 (Member Price $70)
2 Day Camps: $52 (Member Price $47)

All Pre K Camps: 9:00am – 12:30pm

Radical Rays
June 11 – 13
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!

Sea Wild, Bee Wild! – New
June 14 – 15 and July 5 – 6

We’re all a little wild! Come meet the wild critters that call San Diego home. We will get up close with those wacky sharks and rays and explore the wild side of beaches while learning if we can squggle like snakes or dance like bees! Get ready to show your wild side for this camp!

You, Me and our Wild Family Tree
June 18 – 20

Every family is wild, every family is unique! Come and meet some of the wild families that call San Diego home. Some may look similar, some may look different but all need the same things to stay safe. Come learn with us through lots of game and animal encounters, this camp will be sure to inspire!

Turtles in My Sandbox
June 21 – 22

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!

Shark Bites
June 25 – 27

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!

Rock Stars
June 28 – 29

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.

Little Gardeners
July 2 – 3

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!

I like to Move it!
July 9 – 11

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!

Squiggly Snakes and Leapin’ Lizards
July 12 – 13

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!

Who’s New at the Zoo?
July 16 – 18

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 unique animals that call the Living Coast home!

No Bones About It
July 19 – 20

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!

 1st - 3rd Grade Graduates

1st – 3rd Grade (Limit 20 Campers)

$130 (Member Price $117)

Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Session: 1pm – 4:30pm

Nature Investigators Unit
June 4 – 8 – Morning Session

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.

WILD Life!
June 11 – 15 – Morning Session
July 9 – 13 – Afternoon Session

It’s a wild life for most animals. From finding food every day to dealing with the hot sun, these critters have to get creative! This camp is all about discovering the wild side of life and getting creative. We will compete to build creature homes, discover what lies beneath and get up close and personal with some of our favorite creatures in this fun filled camp.

Commotion in the Ocean
June 11 – 15 – Afternoon Session
*July 2 – 6 (no camp July 4) – Morning session
*$104 ($93.60 Member Price)

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!!

A Sharks Tale
June 18 – 22 – Morning Session

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!

Zoo Clues
June 18 – 22 – Afternoon Session
July 16 – 20 – Morning Session

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!

That’s Gross!
June 25 – 29 – Morning Session

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!”

Jr. Keeper
June 25 – 29 – Afternoon Session

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 crows. Being a biologist has never been more fun!

Sea Turtle Splash
July 9 – 13 – Morning Session

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!

Survivor in the Saltmarsh
July 16 – 20 – Afternoon session

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 salt marsh too!

 4th - 6th Grade Graduates

4th – 6th Grade (Limit 13 Campers)

$260 (Member Price $234)

All 4th – 6th Grade Camps: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Kayaks to Keepers
June 11 – 15 and July 9 – 13

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 for our Passport to the Pacific exhibit. Each student will get hands on by helping our keepers feed, clean, and socialize our new critters as well as discovering the amazing abilities these crazy critters have!

Paddle the Pacific
June 18 – 22 and July 16 – 20

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.

Science of Sailing
June 25 – 29

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!


Teens (Limit 5 Campers)

$160 ( Member Price $144)

Keeper 101
June 11 – 12, June 25 – 26 and July 5 – 6

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!




Teens: can’t make it over Spring Break? Check out our Teen Program Keeper 101 page for other upcoming dates.



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