The Living Coast - Field Trips - Chameleon

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.

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Education Department Contact Info

education@thelivingcoast.org | (619) 409-5908


Registering For Your Field Trip

Pick Your Program

Kinder – 2nd | 3rd – 5th | 6th – 8th | 9th – 12th

Register Your Class(es) Online

https://tickets.thelivingcoast.org
Username: School Name
Password: School Name (first letter capitalized)
Tutorial Page

Flag Your Confirmation Email(s)

Please print or save your confirmation emails which include important information such as program costs, gate code access, and requirements for sponsorships.

Reserve Your Bus(es) Online

Failure to arrange your transportation will result in the loss of your dates, sponsorships, and potentially future dates to attend. There is also a $50 cancellation fee payable to the Living Coast Discovery Center for all cancellations less than 7 days out. And a $100 no show/no call fee for failing to attend your field trip.


Planning for Your Field Trip

Pre-Lesson Resources

Extend the learning, beyond the field trip! The resource page has a packet of pre-activities to help prepare your students for their field trip to the Living Coast.

Send Field Trip Packets Home

In accordance with your school or district policies, make sure to have all field trip paperwork filled out and filed with your school secretary, principal, or district office. To help you get started, here is a field trip sample packet prepared by the Living Coast.

Collect Money for Program Fees

Please remind parent chaperones that memberships, groupons, coupons, or other deals do not apply towards program fees. No exceptions. One payment accepted for group/class at time of check-in. So if paying by cash, please collect ahead of time and have your group totals ready at check-in.

Preschool Program

$200 per class (20 kids & 3 adults) | $10 per extra person (up to 17) | $50 per shuttle (for groups arriving by car or walking | Student 1:1 aides free with credentials

Living Labs or Wildlife Tour

$250 per class (25 kids & 3 adults) | $10 per extra person (up to 12) | $50 per shuttle (for groups arriving by car or walking | Student 1:1 aides free with credentials

Arrange Purchase Orders

If paying by purchase order, please submit the invoice you receive in your confirmation email to your organization, school, or district. Purchase orders must be received by the field trip date in order to be processed directly to your accounting department. All other invoices will be sent to the email of the teacher/leader that registered the program within 2 weeks following the conclusion of the final field trip on the order.

Arrange Chaperones and/or Parent Drivers

The Living Coast shuttle must be arranged for groups arriving by carpool or walking. $50 fee if you require use of the shuttle. Parents and Chaperones arriving by personal car, must park in the parking lot and wait for the shuttle or school bus to take them in. No exceptions.

Did you arrange your school bus?

Failure to arrange your transportation will result in the loss of your dates, sponsorships, and potentially future dates to attend. There is also a $50 cancellation fee payable to the Living Coast Discovery Center for all cancellations less than 7 days out. And a $100 no show/no call fee for failing to attend your field trip.

Complete the Requirements of Your Sponsorship

If you have won free admission through our sponsorship program, make sure to complete the requirements listed in your confirmation email. Failure to do so may result in the loss of your free admission sponsorship.


What to Bring

  1. Class list and group assignments
  2. Helpful chaperones, no siblings
  3. One payment per registration/class (change is not made for over-drafted checks)
  4. Total group numbers organized by students, adults (teachers+chaperones), aides(ID required)
  5. Sustainable lunches
  6. Prepared students  

After the Field Trip

Final Invoice

Any unpaid program fees will be invoiced to your school or district and emailed directly to the email of the person registering. If a PO was submitted ahead of time, the invoice may be directed to your accounts payable. However, it is the responsibility of the lead teacher/organizer to follow up on payments. Late payments may incur additional fees.

Complete the Requirements of Your Sponsorship

Make sure to complete the requirements of your sponsorship within 1 week of your field trip date. Failure to do so may result in the loss of your free transportation sponsorship.

Post Lesson Resources

The resource page has a packet of post- activities to help extend the learning beyond the field trip!

Field Trip Survey

Help us improve our program by completing this 5-minute survey.


Frequently Asked Questions

How many chaperones can I bring?

A maximum of 20 adults, including teachers/staff, for preschool programs and a maximum of 15 adults, including teachers/staff, for K-12 programs and tours. This is per class/group registered.

Are siblings allowed?

No. Please explain to parents that we want helpful chaperones that supervise student behaviors during the 1-3 hours of self-exploration. Siblings distract from that ability.

How is payment handled?

One lead teacher/organizer is responsible for knowing the total group numbers: children, adults (includes teachers), and one-on-one aides (requires ID). At check in, payment can be collected if paying at the door. All non-paid fees will be invoiced to the school or organization within 2 weeks of the final field trip on the order.

Do you accept checks?

Yes, but we do not recommend it for day of payments. We do not reimburse for overpaid checks. No exceptions. Cash or credit is preferred if settling program fees day of. Check is preferred if paying by mail after program. All payments must be received by 30 days of final invoice date.

What if I have a late parent chaperone?

Typically we give the lead teacher or organizer the wristbands for all adults in the group. It is up to you to distribute appropriately. Late parent chaperones, with no wristband from teacher, will not be admitted into the program and may not even have access to the refuge if they miss the shuttle service.

What if the parent or class is arriving by car?

Park in our parking lot and wait for the shuttle. You must register for the shuttle service if you require a shuttle. There is a $50 shuttle fee.

What is the schedule for the day?

Please consult the program descriptions page for the most up-to-date sample schedule. All schedules are subject to change. Docent volunteers for guided tours are not guaranteed. Adjustments, maps, and directions will be provided upon arrival.

Kinder – 2nd | 3rd – 5th | 6th – 8th | 9th – 12th

How do I comment on my experience?

The best way is to fill out a survey about your program experience so that we can continue to improve our efforts: Program Evaluation Form
If you had anything specific you needed to address, please contact the Education Department: education@thelivingcoast.org