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Thank you for your interest in a Living Coast Program for your class!  We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Please carefully read the information below before applying.


Bring your Class on a Living Coast Field Trip
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Apply for a free Fall 2017 field trip

Each teacher that applies and is accepted will receive the following:

Preschool Program (TK – PreK) or Living Lab Program (K-12) good for up to 40 students and   5 chaperones for free.

Note: Our Educational Tours, Group Admissions, and Storytime programs are not included.

  • Spring funding has already been granted.  Applications now being accepted for 2017/18 school year.
  • It is highly recommended that accepted teachers attend a one-time field trip orientation before their class trip. (Cost of orientation is $25 to cover materials). If already certified, you do not need to attend again.
  • Extra chaperones are $12/person. We do not accept memberships, coupons or other discounts for programs. No siblings please.
  • Do not register yet! Wait for a confirmation email of sponsorship. Each email contains a unique registration code.
  • We cannot guarantee dates,  but we are willing to work with you.

Program Descriptions

 Preschool

Move It! (PreK-TK)
Students will learn about local animals that call San Diego home. 

Hooterific (PreK-TK)
Learn about the unique adaptations an owl has to help it survive. 

Totally Tidepools (PreK-TK)
We will put on our claws, suction cups or feet and walk, swim or crawl to discover what amazing adaptations help animals survive. 

Note: Our Storytime Program is not available under this sponsorship program.

 Grades K-2

Crawling Crabs (K)
Come crawl into the world of crabs and other crustacean relatives. Learn about adaptations with fun hands on exploration. 

Slithering Snakes (K)
Slither yourself into the world of reptiles. Learn, through hands on exploration, the adaptations that make snakes a successful predator. 

Arthropods All Around (1)
Arthropods are all around, just waiting to be observed by bug eyed scientists. With microscopes and magnifying glasses, the small world of arthropods will come alive. 

Beaks and Feet (1)
Come soar into the world of birds and find out what structures they have to help them survive. Students will get to “try out” different beaks to see how successful they are.

Budding Botanists (1)
Dig into the world of plant adaptations. Students will learn what it means to be a plant growing up in a dry place and how best to survive the hot conditions of Southern California.

Footprints on the Marsh (2)
Students will record and tally different species observed while hiking through the wetland. A focus on bird species will be emphasized with bird beak and feet comparisons.

Mudpile Mountain (2)
Dig into the Earth’s natural processes, with this fun lab! Students will be introduced to the forces that shape our Earth by getting to build their very own mountain. 

Perfect Pollinators (2)
What could be more perfect than learning about pollinators in a living garden? They’ll get hands-on with pollination and discover its importance to native species. 

 Grades 3-5

New! Compost Program (3-5)
Get dirty in our outdoor compost and worm gardens. You and your students will have an opportunity to learn about the “Whats, Whys, and Hows of Composting”.

Crustacean Lab (3)
Ever wonder what it means to be a crab? From exoskeletons to real live animal encounters, students will learn what it means to be a marine invertebrate.

Survivor: A Shark’s Tail (3)
From kelp forests to open oceans, students will become shark experts on local species and YIKES may even get to meet a shark up-close! 

Archaeological Dig (3)
Come see a real archaeological wonder found right here on the Sweetwater Marsh Refuge. Explore an ancient midden (trash pile) left behind by the Kumeyaay Indians.

Survivor in the Saltmarsh (4)
Why do birds fly, fish swim, and crabs crawl? Discover, through up close encounters, what structures help saltmarsh organisms survive.

Geology Rocks (4-5) – Weathering & Erosion
Geology is fun when you come to the nature center. Come learn what processes affect our landscape with interactive weathering and erosion experiments.

Geology Rocks (4-5) – Rock Cycle
What better way to learn than with an edible rock you make yourself? Will you end up making a metamorphic, sedimentary, or igneous rock at the end of this fun activity?

Something’s Fishy (4-5)
Get your hands all scaly and slimy with this dissection. Through this fun, interactive dissection, students explore the internal and external parts that help a fish survive.

Something’s Squidy (4-5)
There is something squidy about this dissection. Students will learn about the internal and external parts that help a squid survive its ocean habitat.

Food Chain Hunt (5)
Students will study important aspects of ecology such as adaptations, predator-prey relations, and the recycling of organic matter. Then students will apply their new knowledge by looking for evidence of different animal species while hiking the trails around the refuge.

 Grades 6-8

Watershed Chemistry (6)
Learn what it is like to be an ecologist monitoring the state of local waterways. This lab will include a variety of real experiments and tests such as salinity, pH, and oxygen levels that are sure to get students excited about science! 

Plankton and Pollution (6-7)
Plankton can tell us a lot about the health of marine ecosystems. Using real microscopes and water samples, students will get to learn about these natural bioindicators. 

New! Compost Program (6-8)
Get dirty in our outdoor compost and worm gardens. You and your students will have an opportunity to learn about the “Whats, Whys, and Hows of Composting”.

Eat, Don’t Get Eaten (6-8)
This program is a perfect introduction to everything ecology. Be challenged by the delicate balance of an ecological food web that must overcome natural and man-made disasters.

Fish N’ Me Anatomy (6-8)
Can fish tell us something about being a human? Through a fishy and fun dissection, students will compare what parts of a fish are similar to humans and what are different.

Squid N’ Me Anatomy (6-8)
Do squid and humans have anything in common? Compare the anatomical parts of a squid and learn how its physiology is designed to help it survive a habitat very different than ours!

The Good, The Bad, and The Bizarre (7-8)
Discover the animal “gene pool lottery” that will produce good adaptations, bad traits, and bizarre appearances for wild animals. Students will model dominant and recessive traits with a chance to create an ultimate animal or be stuck with a bizarre organism. 

 Grades 9-12

Jr. Ichthyologist (9-12)
Jr. Ichthyologists will dissect fish to learn about their internal systems and discover what may have caused their mysterious death. Learn about the importance of protecting whole ecosystems, studying causes of population die offs, and why science is really important.

Where’s My Shell? (9-12)
Through this program, students will dissect squid and discover the answer to the mystery of a shell-less mollusk. Students will look for patterns and compare-contrast squid to other living mollusks.

A.W.E. Chemistry! (9-12)
Experience real-life chemistry with Advanced-Watershed-Ecosystems (A.W.E.) Learn the importance of variables such as salinity, pH, turbidity, and oxygen when it comes to monitoring the health of an ecosystem!                                                        

 

Apply Now to Bring Your Class!


Have Us Come To Your School

We do not currently have grant funding to provide free outreaches. Please check back at a later date. 

Sponsorship Details

Each teacher that applies and is accepted will receive the following:

Our Wild San Diego Outreach Program (K-12) good for one class of up to 40 students for free.

  • Teachers may apply for multiple classes WITHIN THEIR GRADE. You will be prompted to list the names and e-mails of additional teachers when you apply.
  • Applications may be submitted May 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 for 2016/17 school year.*
  • Do not register yet! Wait for a confirmation email of sponsorship. Each email contains a unique registration code.
  • Once approved for your scholarships, you may register to have The Living Coast come to multiple classes in one day (pending all teachers from those classes have been approved for the scholarship).

Program Descriptions

 

 Grades K-2

Crawling Crabs (K)
Come crawl into the world of crabs and other crustacean relatives. Learn about adaptations with fun hands on exploration. 

Slithering Snakes (K)
Slither yourself into the world of reptiles. Learn, through hands on exploration, the adaptations that make snakes a successful predator. 

Arthropods All Around (1)
Arthropods are all around, just waiting to be observed by bug eyed scientists. With microscopes and magnifying glasses, the small world of arthropods will come alive. 

Beaks and Feet (1)
Come soar into the world of birds and find out what structures they have to help them survive. Students will get to “try out” different beaks to see how successful they are.

Budding Botanists (1)
Dig into the world of plant adaptations. Students will learn what it means to be a plant growing up in a dry place and how best to survive the hot conditions of Southern California.

Perfect Pollinators (2)
What could be more perfect than learning about pollinators in a living garden? They’ll get hands-on with pollination and discover its importance to native species. 

 Grades 3-5

Crustacean Lab (3)
Ever wonder what it means to be a crab? From exoskeletons to real live animal encounters, students will learn what it means to be a marine invertebrate.

Survivor: A Shark’s Tail (3)
From kelp forests to open oceans, students will become shark experts on local species and YIKES may even get to meet a shark up-close! 

Survivor in the Saltmarsh (4)
Why do birds fly, fish swim, and crabs crawl? Discover, through up close encounters, what structures help saltmarsh organisms survive.

Geology Rocks (4-5) – Rock Cycle
What better way to learn than with an edible rock you make yourself? Will you end up making a metamorphic, sedimentary, or igneous rock at the end of this fun activity?

Something’s Fishy (4-5)
Get your hands all scaly and slimy with this dissection. Through this fun, interactive dissection, students explore the internal and external parts that help a fish survive.

Something’s Squidy (4-5)
There is something squidy about this dissection. Students will learn about the internal and external parts that help a squid survive its ocean habitat.

 Grades 6-8

Plankton and Pollution (6-7)
Plankton can tell us a lot about the health of marine ecosystems. Using real microscopes and water samples, students will get to learn about these natural bioindicators. 

Eat, Don’t Get Eaten (6-8)
This program is a perfect introduction to everything ecology. Be challenged by the delicate balance of an ecological food web that must overcome natural and man-made disasters.

Fish N’ Me Anatomy (6-8)
Can fish tell us something about being a human? Through a fishy and fun dissection, students will compare what parts of a fish are similar to humans and what are different.

Squid N’ Me Anatomy (6-8)
Do squid and humans have anything in common? Compare the anatomical parts of a squid and learn how its physiology is designed to help it survive a habitat very different than ours!

The Good, The Bad, and The Bizarre (7-8)
Discover the animal “gene pool lottery” that will produce good adaptations, bad traits, and bizarre appearances for wild animals. Students will model dominant and recessive traits with a chance to create an ultimate animal or be stuck with a bizarre organism. 

 Grades 9-12

Jr. Ichthyologist (9-12)
Jr. Ichthyologists will dissect fish to learn about their internal systems and discover what may have caused their mysterious death. Learn about the importance of protecting whole ecosystems, studying causes of population die offs, and why science is really important.

Where’s My Shell? (9-12)
Through this program, students will dissect squid and discover the answer to the mystery of a shell-less mollusk. Students will look for patterns and compare-contrast squid to other living mollusks.

 


*Preference will be given to schools that apply early and meet all requirements. Preference will be given to Title 1 schools but it is not a requirement for funding.  There are a limited number of sponsored field trips available, and we may close the application process when all trips have been awarded.
**Please allow for up to one week to receive a response to your application. If you do not hear from us or have questions, call 619-409-5908.

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