Living Coast Discovery Center
Mission Statement

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.

General Information

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a living, breathing, flapping, buzzing and splashing home to the unique animals and plants of Southern California. 7 miles south of downtown San Diego, the Nature Center sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The Nature Center's aquariums are home to endangered green sea turtles, moray eels, leopard sharks, jellies, stingrays, octopuses and other marine life found in San Diego Bay. Rescued birds thrive in exhibits like Raptor Row and Eagle Mesa. Owls, hawks, falcons and eagles are just a few of the resident native birds. Endangered light-footed clapper rails are captively bred at the Nature Center for release in salt marsh habitat throughout Southern California.The Chula Vista Nature Center meets its mission by providing interactive wildlife learning experiences for all ages. The professional staff and volunteer docents introduce guests to the way our native creatures live in their natural habitats andand encourage connections between people and our native wildlife.

Contact Information

Nature Area:
1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91910, San Diego


Phone: 619-409-5900
Email: cvncinfo@cvnc.us
Web Site: www.chulavistanaturecenter.org

Contact:
Wendy Spaulding
619-409-5904
Wendy@cvnc.us

Programs and Services

Services:
Conservation Programs, Education - Environmental, Education - Outdoor, Education - Schools or School Based, Education - Other, Recreation

Programs:
The education programs at the Chula Vista Nature Center are based on the programmatic theory that encouters with wildlife in a zoological setting will help people develop caring attitudes towards animals and the environment. Program offerings include Day Camps, Scout programs, Overnight programs, weekend family programs, composting workshops, preschool-aged programs, birthday parties, guided nature and bird walks, bilingual interpretive graphics and tours, guided kayak adventures, Family Nature Nights programs, special events, field trips, outreach programs, teacher training, docent trainings and teen volunteer opportunities.

Ages:
Pre-K, Grade K-3, Grade 4-6, Grade 7-8, High School, College, Adult, All Ages

The Chula Vista Nature Center is a living, breathing, flapping, buzzing and splashing home to the unique animals and plants of Southern California. 7 miles south of downtown San Diego, the Nature Center sits on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The Nature Center's aquariums are home to endangered green sea turtles, moray eels, leopard sharks, jellies, stingrays, octopuses and other marine life found in San Diego Bay. Rescued birds thrive in exhibits like Raptor Row and Eagle Mesa. Owls, hawks, falcons and eagles are just a few of the resident native birds. Endangered light-footed clapper rails are captively bred at the Nature Center for release in salt marsh habitat throughout Southern California.The Chula Vista Nature Center meets its mission by providing interactive wildlife learning experiences for all ages. The professional staff and volunteer docents introduce guests to the way our native creatures live in their natural habitats andand encourage connections between people and our native wildlife.