Girl & Boy Scout Programs

The Living Coast Discovery Center offers Girl & Boy Scouts a variety of unique opportunities to earn recognitions and connect with nature and each other, all while exploring local wildlife! Each 1.5-hour interactive program is designed for maximum hands-on learning within the Discovery Center’s living “classroom” located on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Each scout program includes one animal encounter.

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Girl Scout Programs


Clovers Story

Buzz, buzz, buzz! Bees take Clover and her friends on an amazing journey learning how they can use resources wisely! Scouts will learn the many ways they can make little changes that have big impacts, such as recycling food or carpooling. Through a craft, trail walk, and an encounter with an animal ambassador, scouts will learn it’s cool to conserve by using resources wisely!


Bugs Journey

Bugs come in all shapes and sizes! We will talk to experts, go on bug hunts, see what our new friends like to eat, and even who likes to eat them! Complete with up close and personal animal encounters. Girls scouts will learn how the tiniest creatures can help us in the biggest ways and even create a bug model to take home and inspire others!


Animal Habitats

Have you ever met a Red Tailed Hawk or come face to face with a Green Sea turtle? Come meet the animals that call southern California habitats home! We will explore their adaptations to survive, what they eat, how they move, and even participate in a special activity to help keep their home clean. Through live animal encounters, trail hikes, and special animal feeding, your scouts will become environmental ambassadors and help spread the word!

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Boy Scout Programs


Down & Dirty

In this animal habitat adventure, scouts will meet some requirements for the Down and Dirty badge. Hiking on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife refuge and getting hands-on with inverts at the Living Coast, scouts will discover how animals and plants are adapted to survive in aquatic and tide pool habitats.


Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

In this adventure, Bears will explore the outdoor world of mammals, birds, plants, and more! They will understand that every living thing has a home—often very close by. Scouts will also discover that almost every living thing’s neighborhood is home to at least one type of living thing. Protecting those homes, called habitats, is up to everyone, and Bears can help!


Nova WILD!

This Living Coast adventure takes scouts through the food chain and food web and helps meet requirements for the Nova WILD! badge. Through exciting activities like a hike on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge and building their own marble maze, scouts will learn about native food chains and have the opportunity to get close to amazing local animals and discover their place in the food web.

Fees: $300

  • Admission for up to 30 people (includes scouts, adults, and siblings of all ages)
    • Participants can visit the center until 5:00 PM
  • Private classroom space during the program
  • 1.5 hour interactive program
    • 1 Animal encounter
    • Badge specific activities

Living Coast Discovery Center Patches are available for purchase onsite – 3 to choose from!  Click here for designs

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the event will be refunded 80%. Cancellations made less than 7 days, no refunds will be given.  A $15 administrative fee may be charged for each program session change.  LCDC reserves the right to cancel any program.  In the event that LCDC cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded.