The Living Coast - Field Trips - Turtle Lagoon

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 every year teachers bring their classes to the Living Coast!

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Education Department Contact Info | (619) 409-5908

The Living Coast - Field Trips - Preschool

Preschool Programs

Begin exploring the natural world! We have numerous educational classes that are designed to be fun, engaging, and age-appropriate. Preschool programs will include a 30-minute lesson and craft facilitated by the Living Coast Education Instructor. Fees include admission to animal exhibits and a provided lunch space with storage.

Program Fees

  • $300 / class (includes 32 preschoolers + 3 adults)
  • $10 / extra chaperone (staff or parent, no siblings)
  • $50 / shuttle (for groups arriving by car/walking)

K – 12 Programs

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K – 12 Programs involve a one-hour standards-based lesson with a Living Coast staff member. Exact program schedule varies by group size.

Starting January 1, 2024: K – 12 Programs will be station-based, with some stations being led by Living Coast staff members and docents. If docents are unavailable, classroom teachers and/or chaperones are required to lead stations using provided resources. Exact program schedule and stations varies by group size and program type.

Program Fees

  • $300 / class (includes 32 students & 3 adults)
  • $10 / extra chaperone (no siblings)
  • $50 / shuttle (for groups arriving by car/walking)

Included with Fees

  • Program by trained staff
  • Scavenger hunts for exploring aquarium
  • Trail backpacks with teacher-led activities
  • Exploration of exhibits including turtles, sharks, and eagles
  • Provided lunch space with storage
The Living Coast - Field Trips - K-12

Title 1 School Financial Aid

Through the generous support of local organizations and foundations, financial support is available for Title 1 schools.

2023-2024 Important Dates

School Registration Opens: July 1
Last Day to Apply for Title 1 Aid: March 15, 2024