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

education@thelivingcoast.org | (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 learning. Preschool programs will include a 45-minute lesson and craft. Fees include admission to animal exhibits and a provided lunch space with storage. Exact program schedule may vary. Maximum group size per time block: 40

Program Descriptions |   Plan Your Visit

Program Fees

  • $200 / class (includes 20 preschoolers + 3 adults)
  • $10 / extra person (preschooler or adult)
  • $50 / shuttle (for groups arriving by car/walking)

K-12 Programs

Living Labs

The Living Coast - Field Trips - Raptor Talk

Living Lab Programs involve a one-hour standards-based lesson with a Living Coast staff member. The day will also include a guided wildlife 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. Maximum group size per time block: 40

K-2 | 3-5 | 6-8 | 9-12
Teacher Resources | Plan Your Visit

Wildlife Tour

The Living Coast - Field Trips - Sharks

Wildlife Tours Only involve a 1.5-hour guided tour with a Living Coast team member. The day will also include an animal encounter, time to explore the Living Coast exhibits, and a provided lunch space with storage for lunches. Exact program schedule varies by group size.

Maximum group size per time block: 40

The Living Coast - Field Trips - K-12

Program Fees

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

Title 1 School Financial Aid

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


2021-2022 Important Dates

School Registration Opens: July 1
Teacher Open House: TBD
Last Day to Apply for Title 1 Aide: March 15, 2022