The Living Coast Discovery Center - Wildlife encounter with a snake

Summer Session

June 6 – July 22

Perfect for nature and animal-lovers, we offer week-long wildlife camps for ages 4-15. Full of animal encounters, games, and outdoor activities, kids will discover science and conservation while increasing their passion and knowledge of local wildlife.


PreK – Kinder (ages 4+)

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mon -Tues: $64 (Members $58)
Wed – Fri: $96 (Members $87)

1st – 3rd

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Full Week: $160 (Members $144)

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Full Week: $280 (Members $252)

4th – 6th

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Full Week: $295 (Members $266)

7th – 9th

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Jr. Researcher camp has an option for a sponsorship, generously provided by UCSD Scripps Research Institute. If interested, please apply here. Applications will be approved based on need and other factors. Applications are accepted through May 14th and will be reviewed starting May 15th. Due to the partnership with UCSD, campers must be fully vaccinated to participate in this camp.


1. Do you offer extended care / times?

Extended care is offered in the form of extended drop off and pick up windows, during which campers may engage in games and activities with staff supervision. Drop off for all camps is 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Pick up times are based on your camp registration. Half day pick up is 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and full day pick up is 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Evening care is not available at this time.

2. Do you offer single day options during the Spring or Summer?

Because of the school break system, we only offer week long options during Spring or Summer. You are more than welcome to have your child attend any number of days M-F during these sessions, but you will need to reserve a full week session to reserve your child’s spot.

3. What safety measures do you have in place to protect against the spread of COVID?

Our camps are following all the CDC, County, and State Health official guidelines. The following protocols will be in place:

  • Frequent hand washing will be encouraged to both campers and staff.
  • Our Facilities Team follows all guidelines in frequent sanitizing, cleaning, and disinfecting of commonly touched spaces.
  • Parents are asked to remain in their car during drop-off and pick-up times to avoid unnecessary contact with campers.

Full safety protocols and details can be found here: Camp Info

4. What will my child get to see and do at your camp?

The Living Coast Discovery Center strives to bring the excitement of nature exploration, scientific inquiry, and wildlife connection to your students. Campers will get to meet at least one animal up-close, explore the trails, visit various exhibits, feed some of our ambassadors, practice hands-on science, create recycled arts and crafts, and more.

If your camper is staying all day, please make sure to pack plenty of water, a lunch, and two extra snacks. Sunscreen, appropriate shoes, and a hat are all important too!

5. What about the shuttle? How do I get in past the gate?

Due to our sensitive wildlife on the Refuge, parents are unable to drive directly to the Living Coast. This year, we will be arranging for parents to drive on to the designated drop-off and pick-up location during the drop-off and pick-up window times. Please make sure to arrive during these windows. If you are going to be late/early, make sure to call our Education Team (619-409-5908) immediately so we can inform you of the procedure for accessing the site.

Parents will be able to drop-off and pick-up their campers at our Camp Zone.

6. My registration isn’t adding to the cart / It’s only charging my shirt and gift shop fees, help!

When a particular week fills up, a waitlist is started. Our system automatically does not charge you when you are being put on the waitlist. It is recommended you do not add a t-shirt or gift shop to your cart, as you will still be charged for these even though there is no guarantee a spot will open for your camper. If spots become available, we will begin calling the waitlist in order of registration.

Missed the check in/out window? Call our Mainline 619-409-5900

Other Add-Ons

Camp T-Shirts are only $12

Don’t forget to add your camp t-shirt for only $12 so your camper can have something to remember his or her camp experience by! Note: It is best to select the t-shirt during the first camp of the season. Not sure yet? You can decide during the camp week, just let the camp coordinator know. Remember, t-shirts do sell out!

The Living Coasat - Giftshop and tshirt

Gift Shop Credit

Want your camper to have an extra momento from the Living Coast gift shop? Add gift shop credit to your registration so your little camper can get his or her souvenir on the last day of camp. We suggest reserving this for the last camp of the season. You can always send cash for gift shop day too! Note: We do not allow your camper to purchase snacks or drinks during our trip to the gift shop.


Military Discounts Available

Please call 619-409-5908 for the discount code. Military discount is 10% off camp prices and families may be subject to verification at check-in. Discounts cannot be combined. Discounts do not apply towards t-shirt or gift shop credit sales.

Membership Prices

All current members of the Living Coast automatically receive 10% reduced price at checkout. Put your active member ID number in during registration to have this discount automatically applied. Lost your member card? Please call membership at 619-409-5940 to get your ID number.

Cancellation Policy & Camp Info

No refunds are given on programs canceled by registrant less than 7 days prior to the program date.  For cancellations made by registrant more than 7 days prior to first date of program an 80% refund will be given.  LCDC reserves the right to cancel any program.  In the event that LCDC cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded.

More camp information can be found here: Camp Info

Wildlife Day Camps are generously sponsored by the State Coastal Conservancy and the San Diego Foundation.