|Established||1987 as the Chula Vista Nature Center|
|Location||1000 Gunpowder Point Drive
Chula Vista, California
|Type||Nature center, aquarium and zoo|
The Living Coast Discovery Center is an environmental education center with marine animal, animal and bird exhibits located in the Sweetwater Marsh Unit of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge in Chula Vista, California. Permanent displays at the Living Coast focus on native animals and plants found in Southern California and San Diego Bay.
The site consists of several large exhibit spaces:
The Living Coast runs a new seasonal exhibit each year, featuring animals from around the world, from late March/April through Labor Day.
There are 1.5 miles of trails from the Center in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge out to the shore of San Diego Bay.
In addition to general public exhibits, the Living Coast hosts over 15,000 school children at their facility each year for educational field trips that focus on Science & Environmental programs.
The Center was originally opened in 1987 as the 'Chula Vista Nature Center' that was owned and operated by the City of Chula Vista. In 2010 the organization transitioned over to an independent 501(c)3 non-profit and a new name.
The Living Coast Discovery Center inspires the care and exploration of the living Earth by connecting people with coastal animals, plants and habitats.
The mission of the Living Coast Discovery Center is to: