Camp Information

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**Please read carefully as there is important information within this page.**

Dear Camp Parent,

We are very excited that your child will be joining us for camp at the Living Coast Discovery Center!

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the following information. This will help ensure the best possible experience for you and your child. If you've attended camps with us in the past, we appreciate you joining us again, but please be advised there are changes to check-in/check-out procedures. If you have questions or special needs, please email or call (619) 409-5908.

We look forward to seeing you at camp!

Josie Pacheco, Public Programs Specialist
Ashley Barron, Education Programs Manager
Shayna Foreman, Director of Education and Guest Experience
And the entire Education Team


Note: The check-in/check-out location this session is different than previous camp sessions.

The Living Coast Discovery Center is located at 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista 91910. From Interstate 5, take the E Street exit in Chula Vista and go west. Proceed to the round-about and turn right where it says “UFWS/LCDC staff only”. Head toward the exit gate of the RV resort and turn left. Continue up the road and follow the signs for camp. Once on the road loop, please follow procedures for camp check-in and check-out.

Check-in and Check-out:

Note: The check-in/check-out times this session are different than previous camp sessions.

Check-in: Campers can be checked in during the 45 minute drop off window of 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Upon arrival, parents will remain in their vehicle and the camp coordinator will greet parents/guardians at their vehicles. Parents/guardians are required to sign each child in with the camp coordinator.
If you arrive after the drop off window, call the Mainline at 619-409-5900 and wait for directions on how to access the site.

Check-out: Half-day campers can be picked up between 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Full-day campers can be picked up between 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Once the pick-up window ends, a late fee of $10 per ten minutes, per camper, is applied.

At pick up, a parent/guardian must show a picture ID card to camp staff who will match their name to the list of authorized adults (listed during registration). Check out will be the same process as check in procedures. Parents will remain in their vehicle and the camp coordinator will greet parents at their window to check ID's and sign out the camper. Once verified, the coordinator will radio for the camper to come to the vehicle.

If the adult is not on the authorized list, we cannot release the child until a parent/guardian is contacted. Photo ID will be required to pick up a child on each day of camp. These policies are in place for one reason – the safety of children attending camp at the Living Coast. Pick up windows vary based on the camp you have chosen.

Preparing for Camp:

How to prepare your camper:

  • Campers should wear clothes that they can play in & get dirty! We will be doing arts & crafts, taking hikes, playing outside, etc.

  • Campers must wear sturdy walking shoes, such as gym shoes. Shoes with skate bottoms, flip flops, sandals and other open-toed shoes are NOT allowed. Children will not be allowed into camp without proper footwear.

  • We recommend applying sunscreen and/or bug spray to your child before arriving at camp. We are not able to apply sunscreen or bug spray to the campers, though, you may send it with the child if you feel they can apply it themselves.

What to bring to camp each day:

  • For full-day campers, please pack a lunch with extra snacks, preferably in an insulated container. We will have 2 times for snack breaks (one morning, one afternoon) in addition to lunch. Food is not provided by the Living Coast.

  • For half-day campers, please pack a substantial snack, preferably in an insulated container. Food is not provided by the Living Coast.

  • Reusable Water Bottle (please label).

  • Hat or Visor (optional, please label).

  • A camera (optional and may get wet, please label).

  • If it looks like rain, send along a poncho or raincoat. Camps operate rain or shine so please dress your camper appropriately.

  • Spending money (optional). Campers will be given time on the last day (subject to change) of camp to purchase non-food items from the Living Coast's gift shop, if they so desire. $5 – $15 is a good amount of money.

What to leave at home:

  • All electronic equipment should be left at home, with the exception of cameras and cell phones (for emergency calls and camera use only). Cell phones must be turned off and put away during the camp and are to be used for emergencies only. If you need to contact your camper, please do so through the Education line: 619-409-5908.

  • Knives and other sharp objects are prohibited on Discovery Center grounds, as well all other weapons. These objects will be confiscated immediately and may be turned in to law enforcement if necessary.

COVID-19 Information:

Living Coast day camps are following all the CDC, State, County, and local health official guidelines and are subject to change as regulations evolve.

The following protocols will be in place:

  • Per CDC guidelines, masks are strongly recommended for camp participants.

  • Frequent hand washing will be encouraged for all campers and staff.

  • The Living Coast Facilities Team will follow all guidelines in frequent sanitizing, cleaning, and disinfecting of commonly touched spaces.

  • Parents will remain in their car during check-in and check-out times to avoid unnecessary contact with campers.

  • All camps will be provided with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to use throughout the camp to clean supplies, tables, and other frequently touched and shared surfaces.

The Living Coast does not currently require COVID-19 vaccination to participate in camps for the Thanksgiving and Winter sessions.

Program Cancellation and Age Policy:

No refunds are given on programs cancelled by registrant less than 7 days prior to the program date. For cancellations made by registrant more than 7 days prior to first date of program an 80% refund will be given. LCDC reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event that LCDC cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded. Camps operate in rain or shine.

Age restriction: Living Coast Day Camps are for ages 4 and up. Campers under 4 years old cannot attend camp.