What's New @ The Living Coast Discovery Center

By Courtney Daly-Pavone January 27, 2023

The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista is one of the best kept secrets in San Diego. It's a lovely place to spend the day. The aquarium houses marine animals, raptors, and snakes that are native to San Diego. Each exhibit is informative, interactive, and there are docents on hand to answer the most inquisitive child's questions. We hadn't visited the aquarium in years thanks to the shutdown, but it was on my mind so we went back to see what's new at The Living Coast Discovery Center.

In addition to strolling through the aquarium which also includes nature trails, and a pollinator garden there are Daily Animal PresentationsPresentations about eagles, a sea turtle, sharks & rays run Wednesday through Sunday

11:00 AM: Eagle Presentation
1:00 PM: Sea Turtle Presentation
1:30 PM: Shark & Ray Presentation


There are Spring and Summer Wildlife Day Camps at the Living Coast for kids in grades Pre-K through 6th grade. Campers can learn about local wildlife and conservation, and there are animal interactions.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your special day at the Living Coast. Each party includes admission for up to 20 guests (ages 2+) 2 Animal Encounters, Crafts, a private a decorated space, and more! You can also celebrate a birthday or anniversary with a Virtual Wildlife Encounter.

Scout Programs

Get a few steps closer to completing your Journey or Adventure Badge program with the Living Coast Discovery Center. Scouts will have an opportunity to learn about local wildlife, discover ways they can make a difference, and meet an animal friend up-close. This program runs approximately 45-minutes and some come with an optional activity or craft to be completed at home.

 Available Scout Programs:

  • Daisies – Clover’s Story
  • Daisies – Rosie’s Story
  • Brownies – Bugs Journey Badge
  • Juniors – Animal Habitats Journey Badge
  • Bears – Fur, Feathers, & Ferns


Compost Garden

Take a walk through the Compost Garden and learn how you can use your food waste to your advantage (and avoid sending it to the landfill). Reduce your carbon footprint and grow your garden with nutrient-rich soils regardless of If you have a backyard. Take it a step further and attend a free-with-admission compost workshops

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