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Coastal Education Programs

Living Coast Discover Center

Karen Quiros karen.quiros@cvesd.org, (619) 476-7836

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/cvesdfieldtrips/home

The Chula VIsta Elementary School District funds a full-time Science Resource Teacher, Karen Quiros, who works closely with the Living Coast Discovery Center staff to provide K-8 Coastal Education Programs at the Living Coast Discovery Center. This partnership was established to provide standards-based, hands-on science classes to schools throughout the district since the Center opened in 1987!

Coastal Education Program Descriptions

All programs offered are standards- based for Kindergarten- Eighth graders. They are aligned with the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and the previous CA State Science Standards. Programs for Preschoolers and Kindergartners are either 1.5-3 hours long, programs for 1st-3rd graders can be 2-4 hours long and programs for 4th- 8th graders are 4 hours long. The Coastal Education Program can take up to 38 students per program. The primary grades may bring up to 3 classes on one day and secondary classes can bring one class per day. There are 24+ different programs available for grades Kindergarten- 8th. For programs and descriptions please click here.

Program Structure:

A study trip to the Living Coast involves a focused instructional time with the Science Resource teacher and a guided tour with a Discovery Center Docent. The tour of the Living Coast includes Turtle Lagoon, Raptor Row, Eagle Mesa, the Shorebird Aviary and time to touch animals in the Shark and Ray Experience.

Registration Procedure:

NEW convenient online registration now available!! You can go to https://tickets.thelivingcoast.org/ or click REGISTER.

Your login is your school name as all one word with the first letter capitalized. For detailed instructions on how to register online, please click here.

There are two Registration Sessions each year; one in the beginning of the school year for classes wanting to attend during the Fall Session and one in November for classes wanting to attend during the Winter/Spring Session.

  • Fall 2016 Registration Session: July 26th-29th
  • Fall 2016 Session Field Trips: August 1, 2016- January 20, 2017
  • Fall Open House: July 26th 3:30-5pm (Online registration, information about programs and lottery for free transportation provided by the Unified Port of San Diego)
  • Winter/Spring Registration Session: November 9th- 16th
  • Winter/Spring Field Trips Session: January 23, 2017- June 2, 2017
  • Winter/Spring Open House: November 9th, 3:30-5pm

Thank you Unified Port of San Diego, Environmental Services Department!

$37,250 Additional Funding for Transportation Costs from the United Port of San Diego Following a very successful period of funding from the Port of San Diego the Port's Environmental Committe has a awarded another 3 years of funding that will allow students to have access to a Coastal Education Program. The largest obstacle for teachers planning a study trip is the high cost of transportation. The funding from the Port eliminates this obstacle and allows equal access for all students in the CVESD to participate in this highly valuable experience. Thank you United Port of San Diego!

5,400 CVESD students visit the Discovery Center with Unified Port of San Diego Environmental Funding

In 2009 the Chula Vista Elementary School District’s Coastal Education Program located at the Chula Vista Nature Center was awarded $23,250 by the San Diego Unified Port’s Environmental Services Program to provide transportation for students over a three year period. The funding was extended for an extra year so over the past four years the Port's Environmental Services Program funding has allowed over 5,400 students from 220 classes from the CVESD to take a study trip to the Discovery Center. When these students visited the Center they were able to touch crabs and snakes, catch insects, use magnifying glasses, binoculars and microscopes, hike on the trails looking for animals and evidence of animals, see a bald eagle, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays face to face, restore the upland habitat with native plants, collect and view plankton and gain a new respect for the coastal flora and fauna. Many times these students formed an emotional attachment with the creatures they were observing or touching and were horrified to see the beach, their new favorite animal’s habitat, littered with trash. The knowledge these students gain during their trip to the Discovery Center moves them to care and take part in activities that benefit the health of the San Diego Bay. Each year the Coastal Education Program is able to serve about 5,000 CVESD students and over the past four years the Port has been able to fund 26% of the total students coming on a study trip to a Coastal Education Program at the Living Coast Discovery Center. Thank you Unified Port of San Diego!

About the Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center has been an important community asset for more than 25 years in San Diego’s South Bay. After the City of Chula Vista’s severe budget cuts, this unique treasure recently transitioned successfully into its own independent nonprofit organization.

The Discovery Center is providing exciting new programs, exhibits and guest opportunities. Day camps are now offered in conjunction with local school calendared breaks. The camps provide an affordable fun, hands-on educational experience for local families. In addition to these fun day camps, the Discovery Center is also offering a new Overnight Adventures program for families, scouts and other groups.

The Living Coast Discovery Center is truly a regional gem that continues to provide a world-class museum with hands-on exhibits and live animal encounters while promoting coastal resource conservation and environmental stewardship through education.

What's New at the Living Coast Discovery Center?

Seasonal Day Camps! Time to go wild at the Discovery Center for kids ages 4-12! Enroll now at www.thelivingcoast.org

Overnight Adventures! After a full evening of fun activities, we will snuggle down in our sleeping bags for a movie and cozy indoor camping in the Discovery Center's auditorium. Don't miss an evening of discovery and fun! For information on Overnight Camps, click here.

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