Now Open

We are open to the public Wednesday-Sunday. No reservations required.

Members enjoy unlimited admission for a year, exclusive pricing on programs, and exclusive animal encounters.

Membership Perks

Unlimited admission for 12 months.

Exclusive access to member-only events, exhibit previews, and pre-sale event tickets.

Member pricing on special events, day camps, overnight adventures, and birthday parties.

Discount on gift shop merchandise.

Membership Levels

$119 Household – For up to 6 named adults or children in the same household.
Plus two 2-for-1 admission coupons.

$119 Grandparents – For up to 6 named adults or children including grandchildren.
Plus two 2-for-1 admission coupons.

$70 Dual – 2 people.
Plus two 2-for-1 admission coupons.

$40 Individual – 1 person.
Plus one 2-for-1 admission coupons.

Add Ons

$40 Bring-A-Guest – Receive free admission for one accompanying guest per visit. Guest must accompany at least one named member.

$20 Add-A-Child (age 3-12) to any membership.

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Member Events & Promotions

Thank you for being a member of the Living Coast Discovery Center!

Mark Your Calendar!

Members Get Free Admission

Living Coast members get free general admission to more than 30 museums, historic sites, gardens, and more throughout San Diego County from May 1-18, 2022 during The Big Exchange! 

Details are subject to change at any moment without advance notice.

Each membership is reciprocal per guest or membership status. Maximum of four people per membership. For example, a single membership would enjoy a similar access for one attendee at a participating museum. A family membership might enjoy entrance for up to four guests at another participating museum.

We’re Open!

Members Get Free Admission

We are open Wednesday – Sunday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. You will have the opportunity to see all of our exhibits including Turtle Lagoon, Shark & Ray, and Raptor Row. You may even see some new faces! The nature trails will also be open to take in beautiful views of San Diego Bay.

Member-Only Facebook Group

Members Get Exclusive Access

We’ve created a Facebook group, just for you! We hope you’ll connect with us and other members, ask questions, and stay up to date on member content. Click here to request access. 

Private Group Tours

Members receive $100 off!

Book an experience you and your family will never forget. While the Living Coast is closed to the public, you will be escorted on a private tour around the Living Coast, visiting native wildlife such as sea turtles, sharks & rays, and eagles. Complete your tour with an up-close encounter of your choosing!

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Kayak Tours & Rentals

Members receive 50% off!

Enjoy the beauty of our San Diego Bay and its wildlife. You’ll love exploring serene and largely untouched areas around the Chula Vista Bayfront. Head out on your own or book a guided tour with an experienced guide to learn about the wildlife of this nature reserve. You may even catch a glimpse of some of the Living Coast’s animal ambassador’s wild counterparts, such as green sea turtles, shorebirds and more!

Visit or call 619-422-3600 for more information.  Provide your Living Coast Discovery Center membership information when you make a reservation to receive this exclusive offer.

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Together we can serve our mission to inspire the community to connect with and care for our coastal environment. We invite you to join the Conservation Circle and enjoy even more benefits of membership while supporting the Living Coast Discovery Center’s vision for a thriving natural coast through engaged conservation.

Conservation Circle Membership Levels:

$250 Exploring

All Household/Grandparent level benefits, plus (1) accompanying guest per visit, and an invitation to special exhibit openings.

$500 Caring

All Exploring level benefits, plus (2) one-time use guest passes, (1) private educational tour, recognition in the Annual Report, and digital recognition.

$750 Inspiring

All Caring level benefits, plus (2) additional one-time use guest passes, (1) VIP animal encounter for 6 people and a digital member spotlight.

We are Grateful to Have the Continued Support our Conservation Circle Members

Inspiring Level Members: Jennifer Austin, Jeanne Bonk and James Bonk, Madeline Mattingly and Krista Mattingly, Patricia Martin and David Noji, Donna Mcallister and Gene Mcallister, Marjorie Noyes and Patrick Noyes, Rebecca Vesterfelt and Louis Cohen, Jessica Villanueva and Joseph Rangus

Caring Level Members: Debra Dodson and Michael Meacham, Cindy Dunlevy and David Dunlevy, Ellen Gross, Glenda McKibben and Robert McKibben, Robert Ross, Loretta Sconce

Contact Us

Membership Office

We are working remotely and responses may be slightly delayed.
Call: 619-409-5900  | Email:

Member FAQs

Temporary Closure Questions

I had an active membership during the temporary closure. Will my membership be extended? Thank you for being a member of the Living Coast family.  Your membership was automatically paused during our temporary closure and will automatically resume starting April 30.  Please contact us directly at to receive detailed information about your specific membership expiration date.  

I’m a member, how can I support the Living Coast? Thank you for your support! By renewing or upgrading your membership today you can donate your membership grace period in support of the Living Coast’s conservation and education programs. Your membership dues are a critical investment needed to fund daily animal feedings, exhibit cleaning, and enrichment. Thank you again for being a member of the Living Coast family, we can’t wait to welcome you back for a visit!

I have renewed my membership or I became a member during the temporary closure. Will I receive a membership card? Thank you for supporting the Living Coast Discovery Center! We are not mailing out physical membership cards at this time. However, if you provided an email address you will receive a digital membership card which will include your member ID number and full membership description that can be used to start enjoying member perks instantly. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us at or 619-409-5940.

General Membership Questions

Can family or friends use my membership card? Membership cards are not transferable; only the individuals named on the membership card are entitled to use member benefits.

Can I bring a guest when I visit? Your membership is good for all named individuals on your membership card. If you’ve purchased the Bring-a-Guest option will you receive complimentary admission during regular business hours for one accompanying guest on each visit? The Bring-a-Guest benefit is not valid for educational programs including field trips. You may also receive single-use Guest Passes or 2-for-1 Coupons that you’re welcome to use for your guests. The physical Guest Passes and 2-for-1 Coupons must be turned in at the admission counter at the time of admission.

Do I need a membership card to receive my member benefits? All active members are able to check-in with a photo I.D. at our admission counter. You are also able to use your digital membership receipt at check in to enjoy periodic reciprocal benefits. See our Member Events & Promotions above for current offers. To request a replacement card contact the Membership Department by email or by phone at 619-409-5940 to request a replacement card. There is a $5.00 fee for replacement cards.

What is the easiest way for me to update my contact information? To update your information contact the Membership Department by email or by phone at 619-409-5940.

How can I sign up to receive the member-only e-newsletter? To begin receiving the member-only electronic newsletter, please contacts the Membership Department by email or by phone at 619-409-5940. We will need the following information to send you the monthly e-newsletter: First and last name of the primary member and a valid email address.

Can I use my membership to attend special events or educational programs such as field trips? Memberships, coupons, Groupons®, or other discounts are not valid towards special events, school field trips, and other educational programs. Our educational program fees go to support educational programs for your students’ schools, scout groups, and wildlife camps. Membership fees cover general admission to the facility and member-only events.

Automatic Membership Renewal Questions

Will my payment information be kept safe? Yes, we take precautions to protect your information. We collect credit card or bank account information, names, addresses, and other data related to your transaction when you make a payment through our site. We use this information to process your payment. Account information for Automatic Membership Renewals/Recurring Pledges/Monthly Giving is encrypted and stored securely via SafeSave™ for automatic processing of your future payments. Notify us at anytime if you wish to discontinue your pledge.

What if I decide I don’t want to renew my membership next year? You can contact us by phone at 619-409-5900 or by email at 30 days prior to your scheduled automatic renewal to opt-out of the renewal. We will also send you a payment reminder a month prior to charging your account on file.

Corporate Memberships

Support your employees and the Living Coast Discovery Center!

 Benefits include, but are not limited to, family membership for each employee, prominent placement of company logo, complimentary tickets to the annual Farm to Bay fundraiser and more! We welcome companies of all sizes to learn more about the benefits of corporate membership.

Please contact Lori Coons, Director of Development, at 619-409-5902 or