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Coastal Education Program

Karen Quirós  karen.quiros@cvesd.org (619) 476-7836
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/cvesdfieldtrips/home

Since opening in 1987, The Living Coast and Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) have partnered together to provide standards-based, hands-on science classes to schools throughout the district.

Program Descriptions:
All programs are standards-based for TK-12. They are aligned with the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and the previous CA State Science Standards. Programs for PreK through Kinder are 1.5 – 3 hours, programs for Grades 1-3 are 2 – 4 hours and programs for Grades 4-12 are 4 hours long.

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A Coastal Education Program at the Living Coast involves a hands-on, standards-based lesson with the Science Resource teacher and a guided tour with a Living Coast Docent. The lesson usually includes time on the trails, animal encounters, and/or the use of scientific equipment. The tour of the Living Coast includes Turtle Lagoon, Raptor Row, Eagle Mesa, the Shorebird Aviary and time to touch animals in the Shark and Ray Experience.


Free Transportation Sponsorship:
Through the Unified Port of San Diego, transportation can be covered for your entire grade level! You must register online during the Fall or Spring Registration Period* for a chance to win! Winners will be contacted by your resource teacher, Karen Quiros.

2019-2020 Important Dates:
Fall Session: August 1 – January 24
Registration Period for Lottery: July 19 – July 31
*Lottery for free transportation: All Classes that register during session, Cut off is 11:59pm July 31

Winter/Spring Session: January 27 – June 3
Registration Period of Lottery: November 4 –  November 13
*Lottery for free transportation: All Classes that register during session, Cut off is 11:59pm November 13

  Register Now!


Contact the CVESD Resource Science Teacher, Karen Quiros, at (619) 476-7836 or karen.quiros@cvesd.org to see if your school is currently served by the CVESD Coastal Education Program and begin your adventure today!

Composting for Kids Outreach Program (Free)

New! Composting Program for Chula Vista schools! Perfect for Grades 3-8, we come to your classroom and teach the “Whats, Whys, and Hows of Composting”.  If you have a compost bin on site, we also spend time turning the pile together. Email Katharine@thelivingcoast.org to find out more.