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.
$4/student – $12/extra adults – 1:10 Free Adult Chaperones – Student aides free with credentials

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 Fall or Spring Registration Period* for a chance to win! Winners will be contacted by your resource teacher, Karen Quiros.

Port of San Diego, Waterfront of Opportunity

2020-2021 Important Dates

Fall Session: August 31 – January 22
Registration Period: Virtual Program begins Aug 31. More details soon.

*Lottery for free transportation: Not available Fall Session.

Winter/Spring Session: January 22 – June 15
Registration Period of Lottery: N/A due to COVID-19

*Lottery for free transportation: Not available Spring Session.


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.