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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.

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Fall Camps: Nov 25 – 27 (single days)

 Pre K – Kindergarten

Half day: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$29 / day (Members $26)

Ocean Outlaws

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

1st – 3rd Grade

Half day: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$29 / day (Members $26)

Full day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$52 / day (Members $47)

Built to Hunt

Predators have amazing abilities!  We’ll investigate eagles, sharks, snakes and some animals that are sure to surprise you.  From talons to teeth, we’ll explore the many tricks predators have up their sleeves to be successful hunters and how their prey tries to get away.

 4th – 6th Grade

Full day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$54 / day (Members $49)

Ecosystem Explorers (includes field trips!)

Adventures await in this action packed camp! Take a trip with us to visit 3 common ecosystems of San Diego County. We will explore the ocean, upland, and marsh ecosystems with unique experiences such as hiking, tide pooling, and more! Daily field trips include Cabrillo National Park to examine tide pools on Monday, Pepper Park to explore the marsh on Tuesday, and Otay Valley Regional Park to hike the upland habitat on Wednesday. 

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Winter Session: Dec 23, 26, 27 (single days)

Early-bird pricing ends December 1

 Pre K – Kindergarten

Half day: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$29 / day (Members $26)

Fish School

Big fish, small fish, orange fish, rainbow fish! There are so many types of fish in the sea! Come learn about the many colors, sizes, and types of fish as we discover how fish swim through the ocean avoiding their mighty predators and finding their food.

 1st - 3rd Grade

Half day: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$31 / day (Members $28)

Full day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$54 / day (Members $49)

Species Invaders– includes field trips! 

Do you know what species are invading our oceans, land, and air? We need your help finding ways to bring back our local animals! In this adventurous camp, your little scientist will discover who is invading, meet some species savers, and have fun all in a good days work. This camp includes daily field trips to local sites for more adventures and fun. We will search Hilltop Park for bugs on Monday, look for marine invaders at Bayside Park on Tuesday, and look through the plant life at Pepper Park on Wednesday.

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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: $56 (Members $50)
Full Week: $280 (Members $252)

6th – 10th
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Available for Spring & Summer Sessions Only)
Full Week: $260 (Members $234)


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 $10
(Available for Spring & Summer Sessions Only)
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.

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.

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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/


Thank you to the generous support of Sprouts Farmers Market – Chula Vista & Eastlake and the Roseman Family for providing camp scholarships this past Summer!

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