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About Us

The Living Coast Discovery Center inspires care and exploration of the living Earth by connecting people with coastal animals, plants and habitats. 

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing environmental education on coastal resource conservation, and instilling a respect for nature and wildlife in people of all ages.


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We are open to the public 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Discover local wildlife from around Southern California and learn how you can do your part to protect the environment. 

Guest Adventures

From VIP Animal Encounters, daily feedings to tours and wildlife camps, we have adventures for everyone!


For more than 30 years, the Living Coast Discovery Center Boystouchpool2has reached thousands of children through field trips, outreaches, scout programs, and other community education programs.

Upcoming Events

Check out our upcoming events, overnights, and camps, or host your own event here!

Support Us

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on support from community members like yourself. Whether it’s a membership, volunteer time, donation, or sharing our message with your friends, we thank you for your CVNC-IMG_4988_smallsupport!



Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Living Coast Discovery Center is to:

  • Partner in collaborative research and restoration of coastal wetlands and bays.
  • Provide student-focused education through STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
  • Increase knowledge of coastal environments, climate change adaptation, and human coexistence with the natural resources of San Diego Bay.

Who We Are

We are a small community of staff, over 300 volunteers, more than 1000 animals and plants, and a nationwide base of partners.  Learn more about our Board of Directors.

Formerly operated by the City of Chula Vista, the Living Coast transitioned in 2010 from a public, taxpayer-funded institution to an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  We rely on donations, memberships, and scientific and educational grants to offset costs of operations.