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 and exhibit previews.

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

Discount on gift shop merchandise.

Membership Levels

$149 Household – For up to 6 named adults or children in the same household.
Plus two 2-for-1 admission coupons.

$149 Grandparents – For up to 6 named adults or children, including grandchildren.
Plus two 2-for-1 admission coupons.

$89 Dual – 2 people.
Plus two 2-for-1 admission coupons.

$49 Individual – 1 person.
Plus one 2-for-1 admission coupon.

Add Ons

$49 Bring-A-Guest – Receive free admission for one accompanying guest per visit. Guest must accompany at least one named member.

$30 Add-A-Child (age 3-12) to any membership.

Member Updates & Promotions

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

Plan Your Visit

Members Get Free Admission

What’s better than a summers in sunny San Diego? A summer in sunny San Diego with a Living Coast Discovery Center membership! Check out some of our upcoming programs and events. There is something everyone in the family will enjoy.

*Subject to change.

National Zookeeper Week: July 21

Members Get Free Admission

This place looks like a zoo! That’s because it is, a zoo and aquarium in fact. The Living Coast is proud of the dozens of animal care keepers and hundreds of animal care volunteers, who keep our animal ambassadors happy and healthy. Join us and learn how you too can care for our local wildlife.

Member-Only Morning: July 13

Members Get Exclusive Access

Join us for a member-only morning shark presentation and feed on Shark Awareness day, July 13 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM. Learn the truth about common shark myths while viewing leopard sharks, guitarfish, bat rays, and more in our 21,000-gallon shark and ray exhibit!

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 updated on member content. Click here to request access.

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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.

Living Coast Discovery Center - Conservation Circle

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 of our Conservation Circle Members

Inspiring Level Members:

Jeanne and James Bonk, Debra Dodson and Michael Meacham, Jessica and Robert Gonzalez, Charlene Krusas, Kathrin Mautino, Donna and Gene McAllister, Marianne Meivers, T. Nelson Family, Marjorie and Daniel Noyes, and Joseph Rangus.

Caring Level Members: Louis Cohen, Cindy and David Dunlevy, Christine and Douglas Evans, Stephan Hegyi, Evelyn Kezar, Lois and Dennis Klepin, Elaine Morrison, Robert Ross, Shauna Stokes and Joel Chew.

Contact Us

Membership Office

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

Member FAQs

General Membership Questions

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

How do I make corrections/updates to my current membership? The primary member can update their membership information at the time of purchase. Additionally, once per year, members may update the names of the additional members by providing the following information to the Membership Department:

·        Member ID (optional)

·        Primary member’s first and last name

·        Primary phone number and email address

·        First and last names of the additional members to be removed from the membership

·        First and last name of the additional members to be added to the membership

Please email updates to or call (619) 409-5940.

Can I bring a guest when I visit? Your membership is good for all named individuals on your membership. If you’ve purchased the Bring-a-Guest option you will receive complimentary admission during regular business hours for one accompanying guest on each visit. Like all membership benefits, 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.

What is the easiest way for me to update my contact information? To update your information, contact the Membership Department by emailing 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 contact the Membership Department by emailing 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 for 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.

In the event you are unable to use your membership for any reason the Living Coast Discovery Center does not offer refunds. All memberships are considered final sale, non refundable, and non transferable.

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.

Referral Membership Questions

Get rewarded for something you already do –  sharing your love for the Living Coast with friends. Every time you refer a friend and they become a member, you each get three extra months added to your Living Coast memberships. They get a 15-month membership for the price of 12, and you get three extra months added to your existing Living Coast membership for free.

To qualify as a new member, you must not have been named on a Living Coast membership in the past.
Referred members must include the referring member’s ID number and name at the time purchase.  Retroactive rewards are not possible.
3 Month extensions will only be applied to active memberships. It cannot be applied to an expired membership. 
Cannot be combined with other offers, discounts, or promotions.

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 your 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 Torio, Director of Development, at (619) 409-5902 or