SuperWild-Themed Sleepovers

SuperWild-Themed Sleepovers

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Two Super Wild Snooze Overnight Adventures at the Living Coast

Living Coast Discovery Center’s Family Overnight Adventures are one-of-a-kind experiences, for kids and adults, that include a full evening of fun activities and animal encounters finished with a movie and cozy indoor camping. Seasonal Snooze participants will explore the new critters of our Seasonal exhibit after dark, through animal encounters, feedings and nature hikes. This overnight adventure will be sure to leave you saying “super!” Your price is only $45 per person (and only $40 pp for Living Coast Members!) and includes all activities, animal encounters, take-home crafts and breakfast/snacks. Full payment required to reserve spots for the Seasonal Snooze.

Two dates to choose from for Super Wild Snooze: March 28-29 or July 11-12

Time: 5:45pm Saturday through 9:30a, Sunday
Ages: 5 and older (Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

See the chart below for a look at just some of the SuperWild animals for your encounter. For more information — or to reserve your space — contact the Living Coast Education Department at 619-409-5908, email Education@thelivingcoast.org or visit Family Overnights. You can also read Anatomy of a Family Overnight Adventure to learn more.

Animal Super Power
Blue White’s Tree Frog Invisibility
Chameleon Speed/Stretch
Blue Death Feigning Beetle Adaptation
Giant Blue Tongue Skink Hulk Size
Moon Jellies Invisibility
Toco Toucan Adaptation
Rainbow Trout Strength/Speed

 

Spring Day Camps for Kids and Teens

Living Coast’s Spring Day Camps March 23 — April 3

Spring Break is coming and the Living Coast Discovery Center has super fun, super educational Day Camps for kids (4-12) and Bio Days for teens (13-18)!

Check out the Spring Day Camp Schedule below, tips for getting your teen involved in Bio Days above that, and New for Spring camps right here. For more information, visit our Day Camps page. To register, visit our Reservations page.

 

New for Spring!

SuperWildLogoTiny but Mighty — NEW for Pre-K through Kinder! Some of the tiniest creatures have the most amazing Superhero abilities! From beetles with super strength to geckos that scale walls, we will explore the mighty creatures of our new SuperWild Seasonal Exhibit through games, crafts, and of course, hands on animal encounters! See the schedule below for details, or click here to reserve.

 

SuperWildLogoSuper Powers of the SuperWild! — NEW for 1st through 3rd Grade! This camp is all about the Superheroes of the wild world! Join our new animal ambassadors as we explore real life super powers that these wild creatures use every day. We’ll get hands on with snakes that fish with lightning fast speed, birds that radiate heat, hulk sized insects, and reptiles that stretch to the extreme- and learn WHY and HOW they do it! See the schedule below for details, or click here to sign up.

Kayaks to Keepers — Now All Day and with NEW Animals for 4th-6th Graders Think you have seen it all in Apprentice Camp? Think again! 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 SuperWild exhibit. Each student will get hands on by helping our keepers feed, clean, and socialize our new critters as well as discovering the super powers they use every day. See the schedule below for details, or click here to RSVP.

 

Spring Day Camp Schedule

Camp Times Dates Grade/Age Price Member Price
Tiny But Mighty (NEW) 9am – 12pm March 23rd – 25th Pre K – Kinder $68 $62
Turtles In My Sandbox 9am – 12pm March 26th – 27th Pre K – Kinder $47 $43
Shark Bites 9am – 12pm March 30th – April 1st Pre K – Kinder $68 $62
Little Gardeners 9am – 12pm Aprl 2nd – 3rd Pre K – Kinder $47 $43
Nature Investigation Unit (NIU) 9am – 12:30pm March 23rd – 27th 1st – 3rd Grade $115 $104
Sea Turtle Splash 1:00 – 4:30 March 23rd – 27th 1st – 3rd Grade $115 $104
Super Powers of the Super Wild! (NEW) 9am – 12:30pm March 30th – April 3rd 1st – 3rd Grade $115 $104
That’s Gross! 1:00 – 4:30 March 30th – April 3rd 1st – 3rd Grade $115 $104
Kayaks to Keepers (NEW) 9am – 4:30pm March 30th – April 3rd 4th – 6th Grade $230 $208
Bio Days 9am – 4pm March 30th – 31st 12 – 18 years old $140 $126

 

Sea Urchins’ Teeth and Aristotle’s Lantern

Sea Urchins’ Teeth and Aristotle’s Lantern

Sea UrchinDid you know? The Purple Sea Urchin has protective large spines, pincers (called pedicellariae), tube feet and five teeth, arranged in a circle at the bottom of its body, that it uses to scrape algae from rock surfaces?  At the Living Coast, you can find Purple Sea Urchins (like those pictured here) and Red Sea Urchins in the Bay East area of our Discovery Center Gallery.

 

aristotlelanternHere’s what Aristotle had to say about this arrangement of teeth: “In reality the mouth-apparatus of the urchin is continuous from one end to the other, but to outward appearance it is not so, but looks like a horn lantern with the panes of horn left out.” Oh, yeah, in addition to philosophy, Aristotle wrote about Urchins in The History of Animals. In later years this lantern-like mouth came to be known as “Aristotle’s Lantern”. Possibly because of the drawing he included, which you can see here.

Aristotole's LanternThe urchin uses its Horn Lantern (if you’re Aristotle) or Aristotle’s Lantern (if you’re every other biologist in the world) to scrape away algae growing on rocks and create a depression that becomes the sea urchin’s hideaway.  Sometimes a sea urchin grows larger than its dugout depression and gets stuck — for life.  Once trapped, the urchin can only feed on particles that drift by with the current.

 Whichever lantern you use to refer to an Urchin’s mouth, those teeth are pretty formidable. In areas without a lot of predators (like sea stars and sea otters), purple urchins are known for dramatically altering the kelp forest ecosystem and leaving behind a vast bare area, known as an urchin barren.

For more information, visit:
Aristotle’s Lantern
The History of Animals Book IV by Aristotle

Did you Know? Moray Eels

Did you Know? Moray Eels

Moray Eel in the Discovery Center Gallery at the Living Coast.

Here are five things you need to know about Moray Eels — and one extra Living Coast tidbit.

  1. The moray eel gets its color from the protective mucus it secretes that covers its body. This mucus contains a substance that is toxic to some species.
  2. This fish has poor eyesight but a very good sense of smell.
  3. Morays hatch in Baja California’s warmer water and the larvae drift north to southern California.
  4. They can live up to 30 years
  5. Although the species name, mordax, means “prone to bite,” these animals are actually very timid and do not intentionally bite humans. Lacking gill covers, they must pump water across their gills by opening and closing their mouths, resulting in their sharp teeth being exposed. This makes them appear aggressive, but they are just breathing
Not aggressive. Just breathing. Snarky, though.

 Little-Known (OK, Widely Known) Living Coast Fact:Our Eel has a column in our newsletter in which he describes the Featured Animal and then says something snarky about it. Want to check him out? We send just 2 newsletters a month! Click here for a quick sign-up.

 

March 7: Birds and Books with Bernd Heinrich

March 7: Birds and Books with Bernd Heinrich

The San Diego Audubon Society presents Birds and Books at Living Coast Discovery Center, as part of their 19th Annual San Diego Bird Festival. The talk, by Bernd Heinrich, author of The Homing Instinct, will take place at the Living Coast on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Birds and Books is free with admission to the Living coast and admissions for Bird Festival attendees are 50% off for this event.  Just mention Bird Festival for your discount — then stay and enjoy the Living Coast Discovery Center.

The Homing Instinct will be available for purchase at the event. From Amazon.com: Heinrich explores the fascinating science chipping away at the mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home if they are displaced from it; and how the tiniest of songbirds are equipped for solar and magnetic orienteering over vast distances.

Links:
Birds and Books Event
Audubon Society’s 19th Annual Bird Festival
The Homing Instinct on Amazon.com

Partnering with the San Diego Audubon Society on events like this is just one of the many ways we strive to bring fun,educational opportunities to Living Coast members and guests.

In the News: KPBS looks at Fins & Feathers

In the News: KPBS looks at Fins & Feathers

Dwane Brown came to the Living Coast recently where we discussed which traits humans share with fish, and how wetlands and habitat losses affect local bird communities. Check out the story about Our Wild San Diego below!

Spring Break Day Camp Early Bird Discounts

The Living Coast Offers Early Bird Discounts for

Spring Day Camps Feb. 6-13!

Spring Break is coming!  Do you have something fun and educational for your kids to do?  The Living Coast Discovery Center offers fun, educational nature day camps for kids aged 4-18 — and special discounts to parents for registering early!

Our Early Bird Discount runs Feb 6th through the 13th so mark your calendars! Check out what’s new for spring camps below or see the whole schedule on our Nature Day Camps Page.  If you’ve got teens, check out how to sell them on Bio Days.

New for Spring!

Tiny but Mighty – NEW for Pre-K through Kinder!
March 23 – 25: 9am – 12pm
$68 non-members ($62 members)

Some of the tiniest creatures have the most amazing Superhero abilities!  From beetles with super strength to geckos that scale walls, we will explore the mighty creatures of our new SuperWild Seasonal Exhibit through games, crafts, and of course, hands on animal encounters!

Super Powers of the SuperWild! – NEW for 1st through 3rd Grade!
March 30 – April 3: 9am – 12:30pm
$115 non-members ($104 members)

This camp is all about the Superheroes of the wild world! Join our new animal ambassadors as we explore real life super powers that these wild creatures use every day. We’ll get hands on with snakes that fish with lightning fast speed, birds that radiate heat, hulk sized insects, and reptiles that stretch to the extreme- and learn WHY and HOW they do it!

Kayaks to Keepers – Now All Day and with NEW Animals (for 4th-6th Graders!
March 30 – April 3: 9am – 4:30pm
$230 non-members ($208 members)

Think you have seen it all in Apprentice Camp? Think again! 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 SuperWild exhibit.  Each student will get hands on by helping our keepers feed, clean, and socialize our new critters as well as discovering the super powers they use every day

Day Camp Links:
Spring Day Camps: http://www.thelivingcoast.org/programs/day-camps/
Sell Your Teen on Bio Days: http://www.thelivingcoast.org/bio-days-2015

 

 Schedule

Camp Times Dates Grade/Age Price Member Price
Tiny But Mighty 9am – 12pm March 23rd – 25th  Pre K – Kinder $68 $62
Turtles In My Sandbox 9am – 12pm March 26th – 27th  Pre K – Kinder $47 $43
Shark Bites 9am – 12pm March 30th – April 1st Pre K – Kinder $68 $62
Little Gardeners 9am – 12pm Aprl 2nd – 3rd  Pre K – Kinder $47 $43
Nature Investigation Unit (NIU) 9am – 12:30pm March 23rd – 27th  1st – 3rd Grade $115 $104
Sea Turtle Splash 1:00 – 4:30 March 23rd – 27th  1st – 3rd Grade $115 $104
Super Powers of the Super Wild! 9am – 12:30pm March 30th – April 3rd  1st – 3rd Grade $115 $104
That’s Gross! 1:00 – 4:30 March 30th – April 3rd  1st – 3rd Grade $115 $104
Kayaks to Keepers 9am – 4:30pm March 30th – April 3rd  4th – 6th Grade $230 $208
Bio Days 9am – 4pm March 30th – 31st 12 – 18 years old $140 $126