Everyday Feedings & Talks

Green Sea Turtles
11:00am

Signature Event - Green Sea Turtles

Bald & Golden Eagles
1:00pm

Signature Event - Bald & Golden Eagles

Sharks & Rays
1:30pm

Signature Event - Sharks & Rays

Private Animal Encounters

Signature Event - Private Animal Encounters

(Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before scheduled feedings or activities. Shuttle pick ups are every 15 minutes at the entrance).

*Want to add an additional animal experience to your admission? Visit our Animal Encounters page.


Other Adventures
(free with admission)

Sweetwater Safari Hikes

Saturdays 11:30 a.m. *

Enjoy an interactive, guided trail hike with one of our wildlife educators. You’ll get binoculars, bird ID sheets, and more. We’ll learn about the natural flora & fauna and talk about the history of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This program is generously sponsored by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This hike counts towards one of the requirements for the Trail to Bay Challenge, more information about this program found here.

*Subject to availability. If a wildlife educator is unavailable, the trail walk is self-guided. Backpacks can be checked out from the front desk for free any day of the week.

Bird Walks

(September – May)

Second Saturday of every month at 11:30 a.m.

The Sweetwater Bird Walk offers those interested in viewing wildlife a unique opportunity to see a new side of South San Diego Bay. Guests will walk the trails of the National Wildlife Refuge, where they can come face to face with snowy egrets, ospreys, burrowing owls, Ridgway’s rails, and more.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guide books you have and binoculars. Limited loaner binoculars may be available to use during the walk

Living Coast Discovery Center - Volunteers

Wildlife Guided Tours

Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 2:45 p.m.

Enjoy learning about the wildlife that calls the Living Coast Discovery Center home. Led by one of our docent volunteers, guests will get to hear stories about our animal ambassadors and learn about their wild counter parts. Depending on the group, the docent may focus on the raptors, shorebirds, sharks & rays, turtles, plants, and natural history of the surrounding area and wildlife refuge. Feel free to ask the docent questions about wildlife that interests you!

Compost Workshops

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Come join the fun, learn all about the wonders of soils, and get discounts on outdoor composting units. We’ll cover practical ways to set up home composting systems in order to organically beautify our landscape and lessen our ecological footprint! This program is generously sponsored by the City of Chula Vista. Learn more.

Living Coast Discovery Center - recycle

Small Actions, Big Effects

Pest control kills more than pests. Poison and glue traps meant for rodents will adversely affect everything that eats them- mammals, snakes,  and birds of prey. The best pest control is to install an owl box in your yard and let nature do the rest. The next best thing is to use live traps and relocate rodents.

Upcoming Events

We host family-friendly, educational and interactive events throughout the year. Get up close with our resident animal ambassadors and learn about Southern California wildlife. Check out our Events Calendar to find out what’s coming.