The Living Coast Discovery Center is an interactive learning environment displaying San Diego Bay’s native wildlife. Over 15,000 school children annually enjoy field trips to the Nature Center.
Field trips to the Discovery Center happen every day of the school year. During the field trip, students participate in a guided tour by a highly trained Discovery Center interpretive guide, with an emphasis on watershed protection, recycling, pollution, native plants and animals, as well as practicing responsible outdoor recreation. The tour is led through the Discovery Center’s native animal exhibits and classes have time to explore the trails of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.
Field trip scholarships are available to classes that would not otherwise be able to visit.
Teachers are required to attend a one-time orientation workshop where they receive instruction as well as a curriculum tool kit to prepare their students for the trip. The tool kit consists of a standards-based curriculum, pre- and post-tests and instructions needed to implement the lessons. Download Field Trip Orientation form here.
Chula Vista Elementary District teachers, do not need to attend the orientation.
Groups of 8 or fewer can be admitted without taking the Field Trip Orientation Workshop, but they do need to make a reservation. Materials for use during the visit will be provided by email in advance of the visit.
All groups need a reservation and are limited to 30 children at a time. Teachers, Scout and Youth Group Leaders: Call (619) 409-5900 for more information.
Contact us to see if your school is currently served by the Living Coast Discovery Center.