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. 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 Descriptions |   Plan Your Visit

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

Living Labs

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Living Lab Programs involve a one-hour standards-based lesson with a Living Coast staff member. Exact program schedule varies by group size. Click below to read about your grade-specific program.

Program Descriptions:

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

The Living Coast - Field Trips - K-12

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

  • Lab 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

Title 1 School Financial Aid

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


2022-2023 Important Dates

School Registration Opens: July 1
Last Day to Apply for Title 1 Aide: March 15, 2023