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Wildlife Day Camps

We offer fun and educational Wildlife Day Camps year-round for kids. 

Through animal encounters, games, arts & crafts, outdoor exploration, role play, and career exploration, the world of our amazing native wildlife comes to life!  Our Wildlife Day Camps are a fun and interactive way to educate kids about wildlife, conservation, and science.

Scholarships now available. Learn more here

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Summer Camp Sessions 

Session dates: June 10 – July 26 

 PreK to Kindergarten

PreK – Kindergarten

Half Day 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (No full day sessions available) 

  • $87 for 3 day session (Members $78)
  • $58 for 2 day session (Members $52)

Slithering Snakes N’ Leaping Lizards

  • June 10 – 11
  • This camp is all about radical reptiles! We’ll slither with snakes and lounge with lizards as we discover the scaly world of our local reptiles through games, crafts and visits from some of our reptile friends! 

Flashy Splashy

  • June 12 – 14
  • Some animals use color to attract attention while others use it to warn us. Join us as we learn all about our colorful animals, and see how flashy they can be.

Sea Wild Bee Wild

  • June 17 – 18
  • Come “bee” wild with us as we learn about local animals that live near our homes! This camp will focus on looking and acting like animals that live in San Diego.

Nose to Toes

  • June 19 – 21
  • In this camp, we will explore all of the flappy, swimmy, crawly parts of the animal’s that live at the center. We’ll compare tails to fins, flippers to feet and wings to arms as we discover what makes each animal unique.

Pacific Explorer

  • June 24 – 25
  • Get ready for an adventure as we explore the biggest ocean in the world! Explorers will uncover interesting animals from all over the Pacific ocean in this fun camp.

Web Footed Friends

  • June 26 – 28
  • Fly in for some feathery fun! We’ll grab binoculars to spy on bay divers, learn what it’s like to eat with a beak, make a nest and uncover the mysteries of feathers and flight.

Big Blue

  • July 1 – 3  
  • Get ready to make a splash as we discover fascinating fish that call the ocean home. From sea horses that grab to sharks that nab, we’ll dive in to the big blue!

Tale of Tails

  • July 8 – 9
  • Come shake your tail feathers in this fun camp! Join us as we look at animals with tails and discover how they help them and learn that not all tails are the same.

Animal Snackers

  • July 10 – 12
  • Would a mouse, cricket or raw fish make your tummy happy?  Maybe not, but these treats make delicious snacks for our critters here at the center. Come discover who eats what and how animals chew, gulp and slurp their favorite foods.

Little Gardeners

  • July 15 – 16
  • Time to get grubby as we dig into our local soil! We’ll plant seeds, press flowers and explore for worms in the compost pile, all while visiting with our local wildlife. Budding gardeners will dig this camp!

Favorite Friends

  • July 17 – 19
  • The Living Coast has so many fun and cool animals, but we all have our favorites. Join us as we visit some of our favorite animal friends!


  • July 22 – 23
  • Explore el mundo de las tortugas! In this bilingual (English/Spanish) program we will have close encounters with our sea turtles and their reptile friends. Non-Spanish speakers are welcome to join this fun camp!

New! Habitat Heroes

  • July 24 – 26
  • Do you love animals and want to learn how to become their hero? Then join us as we learn about what humans can do to help the planet through fun recycling crafts, making compost, and learning about keeping our backyards animal friendly.

 1st to 3rd Grade

1st – 3rd Grade

  • Half Day 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • $145 for 5 day session (Members $130)
  • Full Day 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • $260 for 5 day session (Members $234)

NIU (Half Day Only)

  • June 10 – 14
  • Tank the Tortoise has gone missing! Join a week-long investigation to help solve the mystery of his disappearance and bring him home! Well examine clues, use real forensic science, investigate suspects, and meet lots of amazing animals along the way.

Wild N’ Wacky California

  • June 17 – 21
  • They may look strange but some of those wacky creatures can actually be the coolest!  From reptiles that change color to a Giant Pacific Octopus that squeezes and squishes, this camp is all about getting hands-on with those creatures that make you go….Weird!

Zoo Clues

  • June 24 – 28
  • How does a volcano work? What makes rain? How do animals survive in so many different environments? Through riddles, experiments, and up close animal encounters we will be solving mysteries in the natural world!

New! Planet Protectors (3 Day Only)

  • July 1 – 3
  • We all love the planet and want to protect it, but may not know where to start. Come with us as we discover more about recycling, animals that need our protection, and find fun new ways to make crafts and games from things we may have otherwise thrown away.

Risky Fishiness

  • July 8 – 12
  • Some animals really do mean business when it comes to protecting themselves. Come with us as we investigate plants and animals that use spines, spikes, poison, and venom to protect themselves from the world!

Wild Life

  • July 15 – 19
  • Life is not always easy as an animal and you must learn how to adapt to survive. From finding food to dealing with the hot sun, these critters have to get creative! Campers will compete to build homes, discover unique ways animals feed, and get up close to some of our favorite animals in this fun filled camp.

Survivor in the Saltmarsh

  • July 22 – 26
  • Prey animals are built tough for survival! From speed to camouflage we will explore how the animal kingdom tries NOT to get eaten.

 4th to 6th Grade

4th – 6th Grade

Full Day 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • $270 for 5 day session (Members $243)

Science of Sailing

  • June 17 – 21
  • Campers will spend two days off site sailing. They will learn the science behind sailing, and discover what is below the waves. While at the Living Coast, campers will take part in exciting science experiments and activities.

Paddle the Pacific

  • June 24 – 28
  • Think you have the skills and balance to master paddle boarding? Join us as we spend two days on San Diego Bay practicing our paddling and learning about animals that live in the Pacific Ocean.

Surfing the Seas

  • July 8 – 12
  • Ready to show off those surfing skills? Campers will spend two days surfing around San Diego Bay. We will work on our balance and coordination while also discovering more about the health and well-being of the ocean.

Kayaks to Keepers

  • July 15 – 19
  • An unforgettable experience, this camp is all about new adventures! Get ready to discover what dwells in the bay and have fun kayaking while you are at it!

Paddle the Pacific

  • July 22 – 26
  • Think you have the skills and balance to master paddle boarding? Join us as we spend two days on San Diego Bay practicing our paddling and learning about animals that live in the Pacific Ocean.

 6th to 10th Grade

6th – 10th Grade

  • Full Day 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • $260 for 5 day session (Members $234)

New! Jr. Counselor

  • Weeks of:
    • June 17 -21
    • June 24 – 28
    • July 8 – 12
    • July 15 – 19
    • July 22 – 26
  • Do you have a nature lover that is ready to develop his or her skills as a leader? Our Jr. Counselor is an exciting new program designed to help our young leaders learn from our educational staff with hands-on experiences. Through this program, youth will acquire basic professional skills like working with others, leading youth in basic activities, as well as knowledge about the animals at the center. 

 7th to 12th Grade

Teens (7th – 12th Grade)

  • Full Day 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • $160 for 2-day session (Members $144)*

*Note: Early Bird Pricing does not apply to the Keeper 101 program.

Keeper 101

  • Two-Days:
    • June 13 -14
    • July 1 – 2
    • July 15 – 16
    • July 17 – 18
  • Ever wondered what it takes to be a Keeper? Try it out with two days of behind-the-scenes, up-close animal experiences! 


Can’t make a summer session? Check out our Keeper 101 page for upcoming weekend dates.

 Camp Shirts & Other Add-Ons

Camp T-Shirts are only $10

Don’t forget to add your camp t-shirt for only $10 so your camper can have something to remember his or her 2019 year by! Note: It is best to select the t-shirt during the first camp of the season. We will also sell these at check-in for cash if you want to decide later.

camp tshirt 2019

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.

Gift Shop picture


Military Discounts Available

Please call 619-409-5908 for the discount code. Military discount is 10% off all products in cart and families may be subject to verification at check-in. Discounts cannot be combined.

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

Cancellation Policy

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: https://sites.google.com/site/lcdccamppage/

Camp Scholarships Now Available

Thanks to the generous support of Sprouts Farmers Market – Chula Vista & Eastlake and the Roseman Family.Sprouts CV-EL

To Apply

 Click Here

Scholarship Details:

  • Scholarships are awarded to families that have extreme financial burdens and could otherwise not attend camp
  • Families may apply for all children in their household
  • Awards are based on the application as funding is available
  • Please allow 1-2 weeks for a response to your application
  • Scholarships do NOT apply to the following:
    • Jr. Counselor camps
    • Keeper 101 camps
  • T-shirt costs are not covered by the scholarship. T-shirts may be purchased for $10 on the first day of camp.
  • Gift shop credit is not included. You may send your camper(s) with money on the last day of camp to purchase souvenirs in our gift shop.
  • Again, please allow 1-2 weeks for a response. If you have questions or need to verify your scholarship status, please call 619-409-5908


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