The Living Coast - Field Trips - Octopus

Coastal Education Program for CVESD

Since opening in 1987, the Living Coast and Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) have partnered together to provide standards-based, hands-on science classes to all schools throughout the district.


Resource Teacher Contact Info

Karen Quirós  | karen.quiros@cvesd.org | (619) 476-7836


The Living Coast Discovery Center - Guided Tours

Program Structure

The Coastal Education Program at the Living Coast involves a hands-on, standards-based lesson with the Science Resource teacher or a Living Coast staff member. The day will also include a guided tour with a Docent Volunteer, time to explore the Living Coast exhibits, and a provided lunch space with storage for lunches. Exact program schedule varies by grade level. Click below to read about your grade-specific program.

Kinder | 1st – 3rd | 4th – 5th | 6th – 8th

Program Fees

This program is generously subsidized by the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
$100 / K-3 Class $125 / 4-8 Class $10 / extra chaperone *Call for SDC class information

Other Fees

  • $2/charter school student
  • $20/fish or squid dissection class program

Free Transportation Sponsorship

Through the Unified Port of San Diego, transportation can be covered for your entire grade level! You must register online during the Registration Period* for a chance to win! Winners will be contacted by your resource teacher, Karen Quiros.

Port of San Diego, Waterfront of Opportunity

2021-2022 Important Dates

Open Session: October – June
Registration Period: Date TBD

Winter Session: Select classes only.
Free Transportation Lottery: Date TBD


FREE Composting for Kids Outreach Program
Grades 3-8

We come to your classroom and teach the “Whats, Whys, and Hows of Composting”.  If you have a compost bin on site, we also spend time turning the pile together. Email Katharine@thelivingcoast.org to find out more. Virtual option(s) now available.