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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


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Living Labs & Educational Tours

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 grade-specific program.

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Program Fees

Living Labs & Educational Tour

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

Educational Tour Only

$8/student | $12/extra adults | 1:10 Free Adult Chaperones | Student aides free with credentials


Living Lab – Small Group | Min. 15 students – Max. 50 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 – Medium Group | Min. 51 students – Max. 75 students

Early Start

9:30 – 12:30

  • 9:30 – 10:30
    • Group A Program
    • Group B Tour
    • Group C Self-Exploration and Lunch
  • 10:30 – 11:30
    • Group A Tour
    • Group B Self-Exploration and Lunch
    • Group C Program
  • 11:30 – 12:30
    • Group A Self-Exploration and Lunch
    • Group B Program
    • Group C Tour

Normal Start

10:00 – 1:00

  • 9:30 – 10:30
    • Group A Program
    • Group B Tour
    • Group C Self-Exploration and Lunch
  • 10:30 – 11:30
    • Group A Tour
    • Group B Self-Exploration and Lunch
    • Group C Program
  • 11:30 – 12:30
    • Group A Self-Exploration and Lunch
    • Group B Program
    • Group C Tour

Living Lab – Large Group | Min. 76 students – Max. 100 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

Educational Tour Only – Small Group | No Min. – Max. 50 students

Early Arrival

9:30 – 12:30

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

Late Arrival

10:00 – 1:00

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

Educational Tour Only – Large Group | Min. 51 students – Max. 100 students

It is highly recommended you do not do this option for large groups of students. Please call 619-409-5908 to discuss the reasons why and how we can accommodate your group.