The Living Coast - Field Trips - Raptor

The Living Coast Discovery Center is fortunate to receive support from local organizations and foundations to sponsor programs so that they can be offered free of cost to eligible classes, teachers, and groups. Please read below to learn about these opportunities. This year we are offering a new and exciting program!

Generously sponsored by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Unified Port of San Diego, Nordson Foundation, Conrad Prebys Foundation, San Diego Gas & Electric, and others, this program is free for K-12 classes from Title 1 or qualified schools.

Field Trip Sponsorships

Living Lab Field Trip – K-12

This year, we are offering in person or virtual field trips! Please specify in your application which version you prefer.

Sponsored programs at the Living Coast are now operating on a block schedule to allow a deeper connection with nature. Programs will be 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM or 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This includes program rotations, lunch, and self-guided time to explore the exhibits.

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Outreaches to Your School or Site

Our Wild San Diego Outreach Program – K-12

A 1-hour outreach to your school or site:

  • A highly trained educator to lead hands-on science lesson
  • If applicable, an animal ambassador
  • Pre- and Post- lesson resources for extended learning beyond the lesson
  • Additional programming available for multiple classes
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The Living Coast - Kids Programs

Coastal Climate Champions – Middle School

A 4-part series includes:

  • Introduction to climate change
  • Study of local climate patterns
  • Human impacts and effects
  • Final student-driven project

Generously sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric, this program is completely free to middle school classes from Title 1 or at-risk schools. This program will be customized to your needs including the option to be all virtual, or a hybrid of virtual and in-person.

If interested, email:

Composting 101 – Grades 3 -12

A virtual or in-person compost lesson from our Master Compost Team:

  • Introduction to composting
  • Help with school compost bin and garden
  • Program tailored to fit your students’ level

Generously sponsored by City of Chula Vista, this program is completely free to elementary school classes from CVESD schools. This program will be customized to your needs, including the option to be all virtual or an outreach to your school.

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To sign up, email:

Need Help with Transportation Costs?

ArtsBusXpress can sponsor your transportation cost to attend an onsite field trip to the Living Coast! Visit their website for more information.

Virtual Lesson – K-12 (Live Zoom)

San Diego County K-12 Public and Charter Teachers can apply for program funding, provided by ArtsBusXpress, a nonprofit organization that connects students with arts and science opportunities. Once you submit, ArtsBusXpress will review your application.  Subject to approval, ArtsBusXpress will notify you and the Living Coast team. If you are interested in a virtual program, please reach out to the Living Coast first.

Apply here:

Thanks to Our Sponsors

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