Summer Camp Early Bird Discounts End 4-26-15!

The last day to take advantage of an Early Bird Discount for Summer Camps at the Living Coast is Sunday, April 26, 2015.

IMG_0675Early Bird Discounts are a tradition at the Living Coast and they’re the best way to save money and reserve space for your young Biologist. We have half-day camps for Pre-K and Kinder (ages 4-6); full & half day camps for 1st-3rd graders; Kayaks and Keepers (grade 4-6); and Bio Days (teens only). Camps will sell out soon so make sure to register before April 26th to reserve your space and save.


Not only are our popular nature Day Camps on San Diego Bay filling up, but rates will go up on April 26. Don’t wait!

Summer Camp CalendarFor more information on Summer Day Camps at the Living Coast, click here.
If you’re ready to register, click here.

Reserve your spot in one of our fun, exciting and educational day camps before our Early Bird Discount Ends April 26!!

Did You Know? Greater Roadrunner

Jessie LooneyThe Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is most common in desert areas, but it can also be found in chaparral, grasslands, open woodlands and agricultural areas. It is a poor flyer but can run at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. It uses its long tail as a type of rudder to help it keep its balance while running. Our Roadrunner came to us for our SuperWild exhibit, which celebrates animal super powers.

He’ll be staying with us after SuperWild ends (September 7) and can be found next to our Burrowing Owls on Raptor Row (which features native birds that cannot survive in the wild on their own). He recently slowed down enough for us to snap a few photos of him, which you can see above and below — and his unique eating habits might be the focus of an upcoming talk, feeding event or VIP Animal Encounter. We’ll keep you posted!

Spring Day Camp 2015 Highlights

IMG_0006Spring Day Camps a Success!

Here are just some of the highlights and photos (left and below) of our recent Spring Day Camps at the Living Coast Discovery Center.  Thanks to all the little biologists who came out to learn fun things about the animals, plants and habitats of San Diego Bay. Thanks also to the parents, guardians and grandparents who brought their kids to the Living Coast this spring!

We’re looking forward to seeing you again this summer – if not sooner!

 Super Powers of the SuperWild: These superheroes-in-training got to discover animal super powers (adaptations), create their own hybrid creature, and tackle all kinds of fun obstacles. They were also the first to meet the Animal Ambassadors from our SuperWild exhibit.

Kayaks and Keepers: Instructor Janani says her arms got a workout at this camp that explored the bay from the water and animals from the Living Coast.

Nature Investigative Unit: Camp manager Amanda was concerned that our tortoises, who were hibernating until just before camp started, wouldn’t wake up in time to star as the Missing Animals in our detective caper. But they surprised us and were ready to roll with the campers in the nick of time!

Bio Days: What a great way to learn, feeding animals, cleaning enclosures and shadowing members of our Animal Care staff were just a few highlights. Instructor Marian says the teens loved fishing for mollies from the bay and thought that feeding baby stingrays was the best.

Little Gardeners: Our Pre-K and Kinder camp was full of giggles as the kids dug in the dirt and discovered all kinds of interesting things about plants and bugs!

It’s not too early to register your young ones for our very popular Summer Day Camps on San Diego Bay.  The best way to make sure you get those kids registered — and save money — is to take advantage of our Early Bird Discounts, which run April 10-24. Click here for more information.

Here are those great Spring Day Camp photos!


Celebrate Earth Day at the Living Coast

Celebrate Earth Day at the Living Coast

Earth Day at the Living Coast10am – 5pm Saturday, April 18th, 2015

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the Living Coast Discovery Center? Come explore the Sweetwater Marsh walking trails, get up close to burrowing owls, and touch stingrays in our Shark and Ray Experience. Local artists will feature cool ways you can enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature!

And of course get hands-on with fun crafts that will leave lasting impressions on generations to come.

 Note: Some activities may require a small fee to cover the cost of materials.

Did You Know? Bird Poop Frog

Did You Know? Bird Poop Frog:

Bird Poop FrogThe Bird Poop Frog (it’s really called that) is also called the Pied Warty Frog or the Hill Garden Bug-eyed Frog and its Latin name is Theloderma asperum. But just look at it.  This frog sits on branches and blends in with any other bird droppings that might be there, making it virtually invisible to something searching for a tasty frog snack.

This adaptation is like a super power, which is why the Bird Poop Frog is one of the animal stars of our SuperWild exhibit. For more information on SuperWild, visit, or come visit us at the Living Coast.

SuperWild Grand Opening

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SuperWild Grand Opening!

We have been feverishly working on our 2015 Seasonal Exhibit and we are proud to introduce you to the animal ambassadors, the art, the displays, and the educational components surrounding…

SuperWild: Discovering Animal Super Powers

This special family-friendly exhibit celebrates the amazing world of animal super-heroes, combined with original local artwork. SuperWild, which runs March 28 through September 7, is included with regular admission to the Living Coast. The public grand opening for SuperWild was held on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the day, guests were invited (in super-hero costume, if they wished) to explore the Living Coast’s beautiful exhibits to meet the new animal residents, as well as take part in special SuperWild-themed arts and crafts, animal keeper presentations, cookie decorating, a presentation about the exhibit, and local artist booths.

Below are pictures of just some of the amazing SuperWild animals, who possess natural adaptations that we consider Superpowers! Take a look!