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Wildlife Camps

We offer fun and educational Wildlife Day Camps 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 Wildlife Day Camps are a fun way for your kids to learn during school breaks. 

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 PreK & Kindergarten

Big Blue – Unavailable

6/6 – 6/8, 9:00-12:30
$68 (members $62)

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!

Turtles in my Sandbox  – Unavailable

6/9 -6/10; 9:00-12:30
$47 (members $43)

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

6/13 – 6/15; 9:00-12:30
$68 (members $62)

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

6/16 – 6/17; 9:00-12:30
$47 (members $43)

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!

Turtle Trek

6/20 – 6/22 & 7/18 – 7/20; 9:00-12:30
$68 (members $62)

Travel the Pacific with our sea turtle friends! We’ll “swim” from country to country 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

Pacific Explorers

6/23 – 6/24 & 7/14 – 7/15; 9:00-12:30
$47 (members $43)

Turtles aren’t the only ones living in and around the pacific.  This camp is all about meeting those curious animals our turtle friends might meet as they travel.  Like true explorers, we will put on our science caps and get hands on in our exploration of the living earth!

Radical Rays (4 days)

7/5 – 7/8; 9:00-12:30
$92 (members $84)

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!

Fish School

7/11 – 7/13; 9:00-12:30
$68 (members $62)

Clownfish and seahorses! Flatfish and eels! Fish come in every color, shape and size you can imagine.  We’ll dive into the colorful and scaly world of fish through games, crafts and up-close looks at some finny friends!

Squiggly Snakes & Leapin’ Lizards

7/21 – 7/22; 9:00-12:30
$47 (members $43)

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! 


 1st-3rd Graders

Jr. Apprentice:

6/6 – 6/10 ; 9:00-12:30
7/11 – 7/15; 1:00 – 4:30
$115 ( members $104)

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!

Sea Turtle Splash:

6/6 – 6/10 ; 1:00-4:30  – Unavailable
7/18 – 7/22; 9:00 – 12:30
$115 ( members $104)

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

Travel Bug

6/13 – 6/17 & 7/11 – 7/15; 9:00-12:30
$115 (members $104)

Come join our turtle ambassadors in their new home and travel the Pacific Ocean. We will “fly,” “crawl,” and “swim” around the Pacific Ocean to encounter amazing new animals!

Risky Fishness

6/13 – 6/17; 1:00-4:30
$115 (members $104)

Why do some animals have deadly adaptations? From the seashore to the ocean floor we will explore the different tools researchers use to study the fascinating adaptations animals use to survive.  Would you be able to survive in their wild world, come and find out!

Survivor: A Shark’s Tail

6/20 – 6/24; 9:00-12:30
$115 (members $104)

Did you know that sharks have survived for millions of years! This camp is all 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!

Wild N’ Wacky California

6/20 – 6/24; 1:00-4:30
$115 (members $104)

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!

NIU: Nature Investigative Unit

6/27 – 7/1; 9:00-12:30
$115 (members $104)

 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. 

Commotion in the Ocean

6/27 – 7/1; 1:00-4:30
$115 ( members $104)

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!

That’s Gross (4 or 5 days)

7/5 – 7/8; 9:00-12:30
$92 (members $84)

7/18 – 7/22; 1:00-4:30
$115 ( members $104)

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!”

 Trip to the Tropics (4 days)

7/5 – 7/8; 1:00-4:30
$92 (members $84)

 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!

Travel Bug

7/11 – 7/15; 9:00-12:30
$115 (members $104)

Come join our turtle ambassadors in their new home and travel the Pacific Ocean. We will “fly,” “crawl,” and “swim” around the Pacific Ocean to encounter amazing new animals!

 4th - 6th Graders

Kayaks to Keepers

6/13 – 6/17 9:00-4:30 – Full
7/11 – 7/15 9:00-4:30 – Full
$230 (members $208)

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 they use every day!

*To be placed on the waitlist for the summer sessions of Kayaks to Keepers, please click on the “register now” button below.

Paddle The Pacific

6/27 – 7/1; 9:00-4:30
$230 (members $208)

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.  



Keeper 101
9:00 – 4:30
$140 (members $126)

Summer Sessions: 

6/20 – 6/21 – FULL!

7/5 – 7/6 – 3 spots left!

 7/7 – 7/8– FULL!

FULL! Weekend Sessions: 8/20 – 8/21

Call 619-409-5908 to see about adding a different weekend or summer session!

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 the Center’s staff biologists. Prepare animal diets, clean enclosures and more while discovering the inner workings of a wildlife facility.  (Limit 5 campers per session)

*To be placed on the waitlist for the sessions of Keeper 101, please click on the “register now” button below.



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Program Cancellation Policy: No refunds are given on programs cancelled by registrant less than 7 days prior to the program date. For cancellations made by registrant more than 7 days prior to first date of program an 80% refund will be given. LCDC reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event that LCDC cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded.

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Contact us education@thelivingcoast.org or (619) 409-5908



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