Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on San Diego Bay. Founded in 1987 as the Chula Vista Nature Interpretive Center, we have served the San Diego community for over 30 years. We are open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.

We are a community of staff, volunteers, wildlife ambassadors, and a nationwide base of partners.

Our Mission
To inspire the community to connect with and care for our coastal environment.

Our Vision
A thriving natural coast through engaged conservation.

For more than 30 years, we have reached thousands of children through field trips, outreaches, scout programs, and other community education programs. On average, we see 80,000 visitors each year, including families, school groups, and special events.



Service Area: Local (city | town | county)


1000 Gunpowder Point Dr.
Chula Vista CA 91910

Living Lab Programs involve a one-hour standards-based lesson with a Living Coast staff member. Exact program schedul…

Climate Change, Conservation (Wildlife/Habitat), Marine & Coastal, Outdoor Learning, STEM
Curriculum & instructional materials
Direct teaching
Field trips
Grant funding
Materials & supplies
Pre-K/Early Childhood
2nd Grade Students / Youth
3rd Grade Students / Youth
4th Grade Students / Youthmore...
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