The Living Coast Discovery Center inspires care and exploration of the living Earth by connecting people with coastal animals, plants and habitats. We showcase the unique animals and plants of Southern California. Located just six miles south of downtown San Diego, the Center sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.
Have you ever gone swimming in the open water and caught a glimpse of other creatures swimming with you? The Living Coast aquariums are home to Moray eels, Leopard sharks, stingrays, and other marine life found in San Diego Bay.
The Living Coast is not a natural history museum. Rescued birds thrive at exhibits like Raptor Row and Eagle Mesa. Owls, roadrunners and eagles are just a few of our resident native birds.
The Living Coast Discovery Center is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing environmental education on coastal resource conservation, and instilling a respect for nature and wildlife in people of all ages.
We do this by providing interactive wildlife learning experiences. Our curators and volunteer docents introduce guests to the way our native creatures live in their natural habitats.
For more than 25 years, the Living Coast Discovery Center has hosted thousands of school children every year for field trips, science classes, scout events and other kid-friendly opportunities.
Endangered Species Breeding & Release Program
The Living Coast partners with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, and independent biologists to captive – breed and release one of California’s most endangered water birds – the Light-footed Clapper Rail.
The Living Coast Discovery Center inspires the care and exploration of the living Earth by connecting people with coastal animals, plants and habitats.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Living Coast Discovery Center is to:
Partner in collaborative research and restoration of coastal wetlands and bays. Provide student-focused education through STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Increase knowledge of coastal environments, climate change adaptation, and human coexistence with the natural resources of San Diego Bay.
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