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The Living Coast Discovery Center

From the deeper waters of the bay to the salt water marsh and the drier upland habitats, San Diego has amazing wildlife!  Explore more than 20 exhibits and come nose to nose with local marine life, reptiles and other native creatures.Who We Are

We are a small community of staff, over 300 volunteers, more than 1000 animals and plants, and a nationwide base of partners.  Learn more about our Board of Directors.

Formerly operated by the City of Chula Vista, the Living Coast transitioned in 2010 from a public, taxpayer-funded institution to an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  We rely on donations, memberships, and scientific and educational grants to offset costs of operations.

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.