Send the Kids to Winter Day Camp

Send the Kids to Winter Day Camp

Camps run Dec 29 Through Jan 5
Let your kids swim with the fishes (figuratively), hang with the sea turtles, run with the lizards, and fly with the owls!
Give the gift of exploration of our wild San Diego this winter season. Winter Day Camps are filling up fast!
Click here for more information
Questions? Contact Living Coast Education Team!
Telephone: 619-409-5908

For more information or to register online, visit: LCDC Winter Camps

Living Coast Discovery Center Closed Dec. 25

Living Coast Discovery Center Closed Dec. 25 — Party on Dec. 31

The Living Coast Discovery Center will be closed on December 25, 2014 so that our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families. We will resume our regular hours (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM) on Friday, Dec. 26th. We’re open on New Years Day and New Years Eve in case you’re looking for something to do — and we’re having New Years Eve party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

We’ll have food, drinks, fun and games, culminating in the East Coast Ball Drop.  Click here for more information.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at The Living Coast Discovery Center!

LCDC in the news

We’ve been busy: What a week for media!

First there was last Tuesday’s Chula Vista City Council Meeting in which LCDC Executive Director Ben Vallejos thanked outgoing Mayor Charyl Cox for all her support.  See the video here.

On Wednesday, Fox 5 News’ Jason Handman came to the Living Coast to visit a few of our Animal Ambassadors and talk about Winter Day Camps for kids and our family-friendly New Years Eve celebration. Many thanks to our lead educator, Elizabeth Argyle, for showing Jason around!

Then, on Thursday LCDC’s Animal Care Manager Lindsay Bradshaw, brought Indi, our Chuckwalla, to San Diego 6’s Wake Up San Diego to talk about Gift Memberships and our Animal Care Wish List. Take a look at both News stories below.

Wednesday’s story on Fox 5

Thursday’s segment on San Diego 6

Giving Tuesday Huge Success PS You Can Keep Giving

LDCD heroes give big to support Animal Care on #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, was a worldwide special day of giving.  We put together a great Wish List of necessary items for the care of our animals. We were able to raise over $700 for our animals!

If you gave to support our Wish List, thank you!

If you still want to give, even though #GivingTuesday has passed, there are still a few things on our Wish List



Winter Day Camps for Kids

Winter Day Camps Dec 29-Jan 5

Hands on learning at day camp.

Winter Day Camps at the Living Coast Discovery Center are fun and educational Day Camp programs, for kids aged 4-18, held during the two-week winter break for most schools. 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 Thanksgiving camps sold out earlier this year so, if you’re interested, click here to register or to get more information!

Available Camps:

  • No Bones About It (Pre K – Kinder): Dec 29th – 31st, 9AM to Noon
    • $43 for LCDC Members, $47 for non members.
  • Radical Rays (Pre K – Kinder): January 1st – 2nd, 9AM to Noon
    • $62 for LCDC Members, $68 for non members.
  • Commotion in the Ocean (1st – 3rd Grade): Dec 29th – Jan 2nd, 9AM to 12:30 PM
    • $104 for LCDC Members, $115 for non members.
  • Survivor in the Salt Marsh (1st – 3rd Grade): Dec 29th – Jan 2nd,1-4:30 PM
    • $179 for LCDC Members, $199 for non members.
  • Wild and Wacky California (1st – 3rd Grade): January 5th – 9th, 9 AM to 12:30 PM
    • $104 for LCDC Members, $115 for non members.
  • Nature Investigation Unit –NIU (1st – 3rd Grade): January 5th – 9th, 1-4:30 PM
    • $104 for LCDC Members, $115 for non members.
  • Apprentice (4th – 6th Grade): Dec 29th – Jan 2nd, 9AM to 12:30 PM
    • $179 for LCDC Members, $199 for non members.
  • Ecosystem Explorers (4th – 6th Grade): January 5th – 9th, 9 AM to 12:30 PM
    • $178 for LCDC Members, $199 for non members.

For more information, contact the Living Coast Education Department
Telephone: 619-409-5908
Online: Winter Day Camps

Giving Tuesday December 2

The Living Coast Discovery Center is participating in Giving Tuesday, a national initiative designed to encourage individuals to give to non-profits during a dedicated day of giving. There is a day for giving thanks, a day for deals, a day for shopping small, and a day for shopping online, but December 2, 2014 is a special day for giving back to the community.

Please consider making a gift in support of our animal ambassadors on #GivingTuesday.

Our goal is to raise $5000 in support of our animals during this 24-hour on-line campaign. If you would like to give, please visit our wish list.  Thanks in advance for choosing to support the animals that call the Living Coast home on #GivingTuesday!

If you have any questions about Giving Tuesday, please contact: Jessica LaFave at 619-409-5900 or

More information

What your donation supports

Jaws! (Our toothy friends)- $49
Your donation could help purchase equipment such as filters, chillers, pumps, skimmers, hoses, and other items that aren’t flashy, but necessary to keep the Leopard Sharks’ habitat in great condition. Give now.

Home is Where the Heart is! – $30
Your donation helps us make perches, swings, feeding platforms, and the plants and trees to make our Burrowing Owls feel right at home! Give now.

Octopus Garden! – $13
Your donation could help keep our intelligent inverts, like Howie the Giant Pacific Octopus, busy and engaged! Give now.

 Here Comes the Sun! – $22
Your donation will not only help to provide sunning supplies but also tasty treats for Indy and other reptiles at the Living Coast! Give now.

Go Fish!  – $25
Your donation could provide much needed items to help keep Mr. Moray and his fishy friends healthy all year long! Give now.

 Handle with Care! – $40
Your donation could help us purchase the equipment needed to safely handle our birds so they can continue to be ambassadors and educate people about their species and habitats. Give now.

TLC for Wildlife! – $75
Your donation could help provide veterinary visits and check-ups, medical equipment, and supplies needed for long term care of Sapphire and other animals with special needs. Give now.


What is #Giving Tuesday?
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

For more information, visit