The Living Coast Discovery Center

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The Living Coast Discovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Founded in 1987 as the Chula Vista Nature Interpretive Center, we have served the San Diego community for over 30 years. We are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.

We are a community of staff, volunteers, wildlife ambassadors, and a nationwide base of partners.

Our Mission

To inspire the community to connect with and care for our coastal environment.

Our Vision

A thriving natural coast through engaged conservation.


For more than 30 years, we have reached thousands of children through field trips, outreaches, scout programs, and other community education programs. On average, we see 80,000 visitors each year, including families, school groups, and special events.

Support Us

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on support from community members like yourself. Whether it’s a membership, volunteer time, donation, or sharing our message with your friends, we thank you for your support!

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