Join us at the Living Coast Discovery Center for our annual Coastweeks Celebration!
We’ll be celebrating our magnificent coastal resources and our local coastal wildlife through two weeks of fun-filled family activities, additional animal encounters, and more, all highlighting the special places and species of our unique local coastline habitats.
Get to know the beautiful birds that make the coastal California wetlands their home. Discover the endangered light-footed clapper rail and what the Discovery Center is doing to help this rare local bird. We’ll have bird games, bird stories, and bird activies and crafts all day! Join us for a docent lead bird tour on Saturdays 9/22, 9/29, & 10/6!
*Would you like to join us for a Bird walk/tour?
Just meet us at the front desk at the scheduled dates & times below:
Sunday, 9/22/13: 11:15am
Sunday, 9/29/13: 11:15am
Sunday, 10/6/13: 11:15am
The Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is a unique ecosystem that many animals, birds and plants call home. Join us for an opportunity to see the marsh from all angles by pre-registering for a unique kayaking trip or searching for crabs on our protected beaches. Learn about the marsh through a variety crafts, experiments, hands-on stations, animal encounters and onsite exhibits all while visiting with local wildlife.
*Interested in kayaking with us and CV Kayak? Call 619-409-5909 for info and reservations
*Interested in crabbing with us? Just meet us up front at 1pm on Mondays during Coastweeks. You’ll want to bring shoes that you can get muddy, a reusable bottle for water, and sun protection.
Take a look beneath the surface! Many spineless wonders, also known as invertebrates, make their home along San Diego’s coasts. Come explore the wide range of life that exists in each of the tidal zones. Touch sea stars, urchins and snails, and other marine critters. Discover the most intelligent invertebrate, the octopus, and see if she can open the most challenging of toys to retrieve a special treat (1:00pm). Head to the shoreline for a plankton tow to see how most marine creatures begin life in this unique habitat.
Wednesday is water day! Chula Vista’s watershed includes more than 350,000 human residents plus our wildlife neighbors. Come learn how you can reduce your water footprint through small, easy changes that can make a big difference. We’ll have a ‘wet naturalist’ in our Ray tank throughout the day to introduce you to some amazing aquatic creatures. When’s the last time you saw a baby bat ray up close?
Did you know that the endangered Eastern Pacific green sea turtle makes its home right here in San Diego Bay? Watch the Center’s four sea turtles through our up-close viewing windows, and enjoy a variety of turtle crafts, turtle games and other hands-on stations. Make your trip extra special by signing up for a VIP animal encounter to get to feed our sea turtles! (limited space available and preregistration required).
Catch a glimpse of the awesome fish that make the waters of San Diego their home. Explore their diverse habitats and unique anatomy up-close through dissections, dress up, games and crafts! Don’t forget to grab your Seafood Watch card, or download the app, before leaving to be a powerful part of the solution towards healthier fish populations on our coast.
Saturday is the day for sharks and rays! Through interactive stations, hands on games, and an up-close and personal look at some adorable baby sharks, discover how these amazing animals have survived for over 400 million years. Make your trip extra special by signing up for a VIP animal encounter to get to feed our sharks and rays (limited space available and preregistration required).
We’ve partnered up with Chula Vista Kayak to offer our guests (ages 6yrs and up) a unique opportunity at a huge discount on the San Diego Bay during CoastWeeks. You’ll spend 2 hours soaking up beautiful views, relaxing waterways, and plentiful wildlife with an experienced guide. Times for these tours have been chosen based on tide levels to give you the best trip possible!
Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call Harry at Chula Vista Kayaks to save your space: (619) 422-3600.
Two Hour Guided Tours:
$22 for a single kayak
$30 for a tandem (2 people)
September 23th: 10am
October 1st: 8am
September 28th at 3pm
October 5th at 8am
(If you have your heart set on kayaking during any other time or on a different day, we can help with that, too.)