Since 2010, more than 22,000 students have participated in the Coastal Education Program at the Living Coast Discovery Center, where children get to learn about the importance of waste reduction, pollution prevention and watershed awareness.
The program provides K-8 grade students with hands-on science classes and focused instruction that aligns with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards to provide an integrated and high-quality environmental education.
Last year, the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) was awarded $68,800 by the Port of San Diego’s Environmental Advisory Committee for its Coastal Education Program. Continued funding from the Port of San Diego will allow approximately 20,800 more students and 2,400 chaperoning adults the chance to explore the Living Coast Discovery Center for the next five years.
The district funds a full-time Science Resource Teacher who works with the Living Coast Discovery Center staff to coordinate more than 24 different programs and special field trips. During visits, students learn about the Southern California coast and receive a guided tour of Turtle Lagoon, Eagle Mesa, Raptor Row, and the Shorebird Aviary.
Fall Session registration begins at the beginning of the school year, and Winter/Spring Session registration begins in November. Programs for preschoolers and kindergartners are approximately 1.5-3 hours long, programs for 1st-3rd graders are about 2-4 hours long, and programs for 4th-8th graders can last 4 hours.
For more information about registration go to https://tickets.thelivingcoast.org/
About the Living Coast Discovery Center
The Living Coast Discovery Center, a 501(c) 3 educational zoo and aquarium located within the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Sweetwater Marsh, began operating as a non-profit in 2010 after assuming operations of the Chula Vista Nature Center. The Living Coast Discovery Center offers hands-on exhibits and up-close encounters with plant and animal species native to Southern California coastal habitats, including endangered sea turtles, sting rays, leopard sharks, jellies, shorebirds, reptiles and a large collection of raptors such as hawks, falcons, owls, American bald eagle, golden eagle, and more. More information about the Living Coast Discovery Center is available at www.thelivingcoast.org or (619) 409-5900.
About the Chula Vista Elementary School District
The Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) is the largest K-6th grade elementary school district in the state of California. It is located in the southern San Diego County and enrolls approximately 30,000 students within 46 schools. The district serves diverse communities and provides each student with an equal opportunity to excel within a rigorous learning environment that nurtures imagination, intellect, and a sense of inquiry.