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Sponsorships Now Available for K – 12


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Each teacher that applies and is accepted will receive the following:

Living Lab Program (K-12) good for all students in your class, grade level, or related periods (Middle & High School only) and 1 adult per 6 students that attend the trip for free.

Note: Our Educational Tours, Group Admissions, and Storytime programs are not included. Transportation is not included in our Living Lab sponsorship program.

  • Sponsored field trips are password protected and require acceptance before registration can be completed.
  • It is highly recommended that accepted teachers attend a one-time field trip orientation before their class trip. (Cost of orientation is $25 to cover materials). If already certified, you do not need to attend again.
  • Extra adults are $12/person. We do not accept memberships, coupons or other discounts for program fees. Siblings are not covered in the sponsorship and are highly discouraged from attending the field trip.
  • Sponsored students are required to complete pre- and post- tests depending on the sponsorship. (Check your confirmation email or click on Living Coast Field Trip Resources to the right for further details). If you do not complete your pre/post test, your school will be responsible to pay full admission cost for your program.
  • New this year: Teachers are no longer automatically free. Teachers and teacher’s aides are now being counted in adult ratios. You will receive 1 complimentary adult admission per 6 students that actually attend the field trip. Extra adults are $12. Note: Student aides and nurses are still complimentary to help any student that has special needs. Aides and nurses must be active staff of your school or district. ID may be required at check in for verification.
  • Grades preK/TK may apply, but we currently do not have any funding available. Should funding become available, we will go back through the applications in the order they were received. If you are applying for grades preK / TK, please register for your preschool program here and should funds become available we will apply them to your fees.

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Program Descriptions

 Watershed Living Labs

Sponsored by the Unified Port of San Diego

Students will have an opportunity to learn about local animals and habitats while exploring how water interconnects us all! Through these hands-on living labs students will discover how they can make a difference and protect the oceans, including San Diego Bay, and local watershed systems.

Programs available to this sponsorship include: 

  • Kindergarten: Crawling Crabs
  • 1st Grade: Beaks and Feet
  • 2nd Grade: Footprints on the Marsh
  • 3rd Grade: Crustacean Lab
  • 4th Grade: Squid Dissection
  • 5th Grade:Fish Dissection
  • Middle School: Watershed Chemistry
  • High School: A.W.E. Chemistry

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 Refuge Living Labs

Sponsored by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services

Come explore the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Students in this program will spend most of their time outdoors, learning about natural resources and ecosystems. They will discover why wildlife refuges are important to native species and learn how they can make a positive impact on local habitats.

Programs available to this sponsorship include: 

  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade: Footprints on the Marsh
  • 3rd Grade – 5th Grade: Food Chain Hunt
  • Middle School: Eat, Don’t Get Eaten
  • High School: A.W.E. Chemistry 

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 Planting Living Labs

Sponsored by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services

Students will have an opportunity to make a difference on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. In this program, students will spend most of their time outdoors, learning about natural resources and ecosystems. In addition, they will participate in a restoration project helping to plant native plants and clear invasive species from the refuge.

Programs available to this sponsorship include: 

  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade: Footprints on the Marsh
  • 3rd Grade – 5th Grade: Food Chain Hunt
  • Middle School: Eat, Don’t Get Eaten
  • High School: A.W.E. Chemistry

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Each teacher that applies and is accepted will receive the following:

Our Wild San Diego Outreach Program (grades K-12) good for one class of up to 40 students for free.

Note: Our Composting for Kids, Discovery Stations, Spotlights, and Special Events programs are not included.

  • Currently accepting applications for grades K – 12 for 2019/2020 school year until further notice. If you are applying you must wait to register. The Education Department will contact you to process your Sponsored outreach registration.
  • Grades preK/TK may apply, but we currently do not have any funding available. Should funding become available, we will go back through the applications in the order they were received. If you are applying for grades preK / TK, please register for an outreach here and should funds become available we will apply them to your outreach program.
  • Preference is given to Title 1 and/or Downtown/Central SD Schools, but is not a requirement of the application. 
  • Sponsored students are required to complete pre- and post- tests depending on the sponsorship. (Information will be included in your confirmation email). If they do not complete the pre/post tests, your school will be responsible to pay full cost of the program.
  • Sponsored teachers are required to complete a post- program survey. (Link to survey will be included in your confirmation email). If you do not complete the post- program survey within 2-weeks of your program, your school will be responsible to pay full cost of the program.

Program Descriptions

 Preschool

*Currently not available for funding at this time

Move It! (PreK-TK)
Students will learn about local animals that call San Diego home. 

Hooterific (PreK-TK)
Learn about the unique adaptations an owl has to help it survive. 

Totally Tidepools (PreK-TK)
We will put on our claws, suction cups or feet and walk, swim or crawl to discover what amazing adaptations help animals survive. 

 Grades K-2

Crawling Crabs (K)
Come crawl into the world of crabs and other crustacean relatives. Learn about adaptations with fun hands on exploration. 

Slithering Snakes (K)
Slither yourself into the world of reptiles. Learn, through hands on exploration, the adaptations that make snakes a successful predator. 

Arthropods All Around (1)
Arthropods are all around, just waiting to be observed by bug eyed scientists. With microscopes and magnifying glasses, the small world of arthropods will come alive. 

Budding Botanists (1)
Dig into the world of plant adaptations. Students will learn what it means to be a plant growing up in a dry place and how best to survive the hot conditions of Southern California.

Jr. Ornithologist (1-2)
Come soar into the world of birds and find out what structures they have to help them survive. Students will get to “try out” different beaks to see how successful they are.

Perfect Pollinators (2)
What could be more perfect than learning about pollinators in a living garden? They’ll get hands-on with pollination and discover its importance to native species. 

 Grades 3-5

Crustacean Lab (3)
Ever wonder what it means to be a crab? From exoskeletons to real live animal encounters, students will learn what it means to be a marine invertebrate.

A Shark’s Tail (3)
From kelp forests to open oceans, students will become shark experts on local species and YIKES may even get to meet a shark up-close! 

Survivor in the Saltmarsh (4)
Why do birds fly, fish swim, and crabs crawl? Discover, through up close encounters, what structures help saltmarsh organisms survive.

Fish Dissection (4-5)
Get your hands all scaly and slimy with this dissection. Through this fun, interactive dissection, students explore the internal and external parts that help a fish survive.

Squid Dissection (4-5)
There is something squidy about this dissection. Students will learn about the internal and external parts that help a squid survive its ocean habitat.

 Grades 6-8

Eat, Don’t Get Eaten (6-8)
This program is a perfect introduction to everything ecology. Be challenged by the delicate balance of an ecological food web that must overcome natural and man-made disasters.

Fish Dissection (6-8)
Can fish tell us something about being a human? Through a fishy and fun dissection, students will compare what parts of a fish are similar to humans and what are different.

Squid Dissection(6-8)
Do squid and humans have anything in common? Compare the anatomical parts of a squid and learn how its physiology is designed to help it survive a habitat very different than ours!

The Good, The Bad, and The Bizarre (7-8)
Discover the animal “gene pool lottery” that will produce good adaptations, bad traits, and bizarre appearances for wild animals. Students will model dominant and recessive traits with a chance to create an ultimate animal or be stuck with a bizarre organism. 

 Grades 9-12

Jr. Ichthyologist (9-12)
Jr. Ichthyologists will dissect fish to learn about their internal systems and discover what may have caused their mysterious death. Learn about the importance of protecting whole ecosystems, studying causes of population die offs, and why science is really important.

Where’s My Shell? (9-12)
Through this program, students will dissect squid and discover the answer to the mystery of a shell-less mollusk. Students will look for patterns and compare-contrast squid to other living mollusks.


*Note: Schools must be a PreK-12th Grade school within San Diego County. Preference will be given to schools that apply early and meet all requirements. Preference will be given to Title 1 schools, but it is not a requirement for funding. There are a limited number of sponsored field trips and/or outreaches available, and we may close the application process when all trips have been awarded.