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Educational Programs for All

Since opening in 1987, the Living Coast Discovery Center has offered a variety of educational programs right here on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Sweetwater Marsh. Discover why annually 25,000 kids attend programs at the Living Coast!

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Education Department Contact Info

education@thelivingcoast.org | (619) 409-5908


Partner Program Information

The Living Coast - Kids Programs Outdoors

Living Labs

Living Lab Programs involve a one-hour standards-based lesson with a Living Coast staff member. The day will also include time to explore the Living Coast animal exhibits and a provided lunch space with storage for lunches. Exact program schedule varies by group size. Click below to read about your age-specific program.

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Education Tours

Education Tours involve a one-hour tour around the outside of the facility including sea turtles, shark & ray, and raptors! Groups are welcome to stay for self-guided exploration of the exhibits, aquariums, trails, and lunch.

Program Fees

  • $200 / class (includes 20 students & 2 adults)
  • $10 / extra adult (maximum of 8 additional)
  • $50 / shuttle (for groups arriving by car/walking)

*Programs are sold based on group size. When purchasing, please select based on total students in group.


Sample Schedules

(Exact Schedule May Vary)

Partner Living Lab for 21 – 40 students

9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

  • 9:30 – 11:30 Living Lab & Scavenger Hunt
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Self-Exploration

Partner Living Lab for 61 – 80 students

9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • 9:30 – 11:30 Group A & B Living Lab & Scavenger Hunt
  • 9:30 – 11:30 Group C & D Self-Exploration & Lunch
  • 11:30 – 1:30 Group A & B Lunch & Self-Exploration
  • 11:30 – 1:30 Group C & D Living Lab & Scavenger Hunt

Partner Education Tour for 21 – 40 students

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • 9:30 – 11:30 Education Tour & Scavenger Hunt
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Self-Exploration

Partner Education Tour for 61 – 80 students

9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • 9:30 – 11:30
    • Group A: Education & Scavenger Hunt
    • Group B: Self Exploration & Lunch
  • 11:30 – 1:30
    • Group A: Lunch & Self Exploration
    • Group B: Education Tour & Scavenger Hunt