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Wildlife Day Camps

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Perfect for nature and animal-lovers, we offer wildlife camps for ages 4-18. Full of animal encounters, games, and outdoor activities, kids will discover science and conservation while increasing their passion and knowledge of local wildlife. Whether it’s Tortuguitas (our bilingual camp!) Zoolympics, or Paddleboarding, campers will have a great time and make some feathered, scaly friends along the way.

Summer Session: June 8 – July 24

 Pre K – Kindergarten (ages 4-5)

Half day only: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$87 for 3 day session (Members $78)
$58 for 2 day session (Members $52)

Tale of Tails
June 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.

Fly, Crawl, Swim!
June 10 – 12
July 1 – July 3

Animals move in many different ways! Let’s move and learn about how animals get around and how humans can learn from them too. We will discover the differences between animals through hands-on interactions, crafts, dance, songs, and games. Join us as we discover why animals fly, crawl, and swim!

June 15 – 16

Get ready to meet a crowd of crabby critters. We’ll crawl with crabs and lurch with lobsters in a camp that’s all about those crazy crustaceans. It will be more than a pinch of fun!

Who’s New at the Zoo?
June 17 – 19

From reptiles to birds, to fish and amphibians, let’s take a trip around the globe and see what’s new at the zoo! Through crafts, games, and many unique up-close animal encounters, come see our new animals right here at the Living Coast!

Tortuguitas (bilingual)
June 22 – 23
July 13-14

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!

Family Ties
June 17 – 19

Ever wondered what animals are related? What connects a ray with a shark? The animal kingdom is made up of all kinds of families. Discover which animals are related and how we are related to other animals.

Squiggly Snakes & Leapin’ Lizards
June 29 – 30

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! 

July 6 – 7

Get ready to take flight as we burrow into the incredible world of owls! We’ll explore silent wings, talons, and beaks!  Don’t miss out—it’s going to be a hoot!

Animal Snackers
July 8 – 10

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.

Habitat Heroes
July 15-17

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.

Ocean Outlaws
July 22 – 24

The ocean can be untamed and full of dangerous creatures. Come learn about the Ocean Outlaws thriving off our coastlines and how they are able to do so. From Lionfish and Jellies to Seahorses and Sharks, we will explore what makes these animals so dangerous but mesmerizing.


 1st - 3rd Grade (ages 6-8)

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)

Zoo Clues
June 8 – 12 (Half Day Only)

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!

June 15 – 19
July 13 – 17

Can you jump as far as a frog?  Can you balance like a mountain goat?  Can you forage as well as a raccoon?  Compete and find out in our ZOOlympics!  Learn about some amazing animal abilities and join in our own friendly games to test how we compare to our animal friends.

Wild ‘N’ Wacky CA
June 22 – 26

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!

Planet Protectors
June 29 – July 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.

Native Navigators
July 6 – 10

San Diego is known as one of the biggest areas for diversity when it comes to plants and animals. Join us as we navigate through different ecosystems in San Diego and learn about animals that are native to this area, as well as compare them to others across the planet.

Risky Fishness
July 20 – July 24

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!

 4th - 6th Grade (ages 9-12)

Full day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$270 for 5 day session (Members $243)

Adaptation Adventurers
June 15 – 19

Scientists and researchers use clues from nature to design many cool things. From helicopters to parachutes, we’ll explore nature-inspired inventions and then it will be your turn to create an invention of your own! Get ready to discover biomimicry and have fun kayaking while you are at it!

Surfing the Seas
June 22 – 26
July 13 – 17

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.

Science of Sailing
June 29 – July 3

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
July 6 – 10

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 - 12th Grade (ages 12-18)

Jr. Counselor
6th-10th Grade

Full Day 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$260 for 5 day session (Members $234)
June 15 –  19 or June 22 –  26
June 29 –  July 3
July 6 –  10 or July 13 –  17

Do you have a nature lover that is ready to develop his or her skills as a leader? This is a great introduction to working around kids, animals, and educational setting for your young adult.

Keeper 101*
6th-12th Grade

Full Day 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$160 for 2 day session (Members $144)
June 22 – 23
July 6 – 7
July 13 – 14

An unforgettable experience for teens who are interested in a career working with animals! Experience two days in the life of a keeper/aquarist first hand while working behind the scenes with staff biologists. Prepare animal diets, clean enclosures and more while discovering the inner workings of a wildlife facility!

*Keeper 101 does not qualify for early-bird pricing.

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General Information


PreK – Kinder
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Single Days: $29 (Members $26)
Two Days: $58 (Members $52)
Three Days: $87 (Members $78)

1st – 3rd
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Single Days: $29 (Members $26)
Full Week: $145 (Members $130)

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Single Days: $52 (Members $46)
Full Week: $260 (Members $234)

4th – 6th
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Single Days: $54 (Members $49)
Full Week: $270 (Members $243)

6th – 12th
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Available for Spring & Summer Sessions Only)
Jr. Counselor: $260 (Members $234)
Keeper 101: $160 (Members $144)


1. Do you offer extended care / times?
At this time we offer camps in half-day (9 – 12:30) and full-day options (9-4:30) depending on the age of your student. We are continuing to look into adding additional resources to extend our camp features, but currently do not have that option 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 student’s spot.

3. Why don’t you offer 4th – 6th grade in the Winter session?
Our 4th – 6th grade adventure camps are extremely popular during the Spring and Summer, which attend offsite water activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing. We do not see the same demand for these camps during the winter holidays due to family schedules and commitments at this time of the year.

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, perform fun hands-on science, create recycled arts and crafts, and much more.

5. What about the shuttle? Can I ride in too?
Due to our sensitive wildlife on the refuge, we do not allow parents to drive into the Refuge. Instead, campers have an adventure right from the parking lot riding our passenger shuttle along the private access road. We will meet parents and campers right out in our guest parking lot to sign your child in to camp. If you would like to visit the Living Coast during camp, we open at 10:00 a.m. and you are welcome to enjoy the trails from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. while you wait. 

 Camp Shirts & Other Add-Ons

Camp T-Shirts are only $12
(Available for Spring & Summer Sessions Only)
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. We will also sell these at check-in for cash if you want to decide later.

camp shirt - Irish


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/



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