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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 a guided tour with a Docent Volunteer, 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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Wildlife Tours

Wildlife tours are 2-hours and included a guided tour of the entire facility and an animal encounter of your choice. Animal availability subject to change at discretion of staff.

Program Fees

  • $250 / class (includes 25 students & 3 adults)
  • $10 / extra person (student or adult)
  • $50 / shuttle (for groups arriving by car/walking)

Sample Schedules

(Exact Schedule May Vary)

Living Lab – Small Group | Max. 37 students

Early Start

9:30 – 12:30

  • 9:30 – 11:30 Program & Tour
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00 – 1:30 Self-Exploration

Normal Start

10:00 – 2:00

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Program & Tour
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30 – 2:00 Self-Exploration

Living Lab – Large Group | Min. 38 students – Max. 74 students

Early Start

9:30 – 1:30

  • 9:30 – 11:30 Group A & B Program & Tour
  • 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 Program & Tour

Normal Start

10:00 – 2:00

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Group A & B Program & Tour
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Group C & D Self-Exploration & Lunch
  • 12:00 – 2:00 Group A & B Lunch & Self-Exploration
  • 12:00 – 2:00 Group C & D Program & Tour

Wildlife Tour Only – Small Group | No Min. – Max. 37 students

Early Arrival

9:30 – 12:30

  • 9:30 – 11:30 Wildlife Tour & Animal Encounter
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Self-Exploration

Late Arrival

10:00 – 1:00

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Wildlife Tour & Animal Encounter
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30 – 1:00 Self-Exploration

Wildlife Tour Only – Large Group | Min. 38 students – Max. 74 students

Early Arrival

9:30 – 1:30

  • 9:30 – 11:30
    • Group A: Wildlife Tour & Animal Encounter
    • Group B: Self Exploration & Lunch
  • 11:30 – 1:30
    • Group A: Lunch & Self Exploration
    • Group B: Wildlife Tour & Animal Encounter

Late Arrival

10:00 – 2:00

  • 10:00 – 12:00
    • Group A: Wildlife Tour & Animal Encounter
    • Group B: Self Exploration & Lunch
  • 12:00 – 2:00
    • Group A: Lunch & Self Exploration
    • Group B: Wildlife Tour & Animal Encounter