Living Coast - Animal Encounters - Barn Owl

(Updated February 2023)

Open Wednesday-Sunday, No Reservation Required!

We are open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. No reservations or advanced tickets are required. Private tours are available to reserve Mondays & Tuesdays.

Masks are recommended for all guests, program participants, and shuttle passengers.

Private Group Tours

Book an experience you and your family will never forget. You will be escorted on a private tour around the Living Coast, visiting native wildlife such as sea turtles, sharks & rays, and eagles. Complete your tour with an up-close encounter of your choosing!

Private Group Tour includes:

  • 2-hour private tour by a highly trained educator
  • Admission for up to 10 people
  • Encounter with one of our animal ambassadors

Virtual Wildlife Programs

Enhance your virtual birthday/anniversary parties, meetings, and education programs with private, virtual animal encounters

Discover our family-friendly wildlife series: Living Coast In Your Living Room and SECOND NATURE.

Watch live animal videos and keep in touch on our social media channels


We would like to thank the community for their support during this unprecedented time. If you have the ability, we are accepting donations to support our animal care needs during the closure. Alternatively, you can purchase a membership that will support our current operating costs while providing you unlimited admission and member benefits for an entire year, starting from the day we re-open. Please click here for membership information.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission to inspire the community to connect with and care for our coastal environment. 

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Schools, Educators, & Community Programs

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Our Wild San Diego Outreaches

Bring scientific exploration of the natural world to your classroom with the Living Coast’s outreach program! We’ll bring hands-on activities, up-close animal interactions, dissections, scientific tools, and more! Our trained staff will wear a mask, follow all recent safety guidelines including daily temperature screening, and adhere to social distancing while on-site. Our team will work with you to follow any safety policies and procedures you require for outside vendors. Email for questions regarding this program.

Virtual Field Trips and Resources

Thanks to the generous support of Chula Vista Elementary School District and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services (Southern California Urban Refuge Program) we developed Virtual Field Trip Experiences and resources for you and your students. All programs are NGSS and CCSS aligned.

Virtual Wildlife Encounters for Classes or Camps

This educational opportunity comes complete with an animal encounter, a guiding worksheet for students, and a trained educator able to facilitate a quick 15-minute mini-lesson for your class. Students can ask their questions and record their observations as they get up close with one of our animal ambassadors.