Save Environmental Conservation Education Center from Permanent Closure

Target: John P. Donnelly, Executive Director of the State of California’s Wildlife Conservation Board

Goal: Keep important nature discovery center in Southern California open to the public by providing necessary funding.

The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista, California has been an invaluable resource in educating visitors about San Diego County’s native wildlife, ocean ecosystems, environmental conservation, and lessons in sustainability for twenty-six years through its non-profit zoo and aquarium. The facility overlooking the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge fosters stewardship toward coastal animals, plants, and habitats by engaging the public with interactive exhibits and a collection of animal ambassadors. The educational programs provided by the Living Coast Discovery Center connects people with nature and promotes conservation of precious natural resources.

Unfortunately due to severe shortfalls in its budget, the organization is prepared to close its doors to the public this fall. If adequate funds are not raised on time, the facility will permanently close by the end of December 2013. Yet the Living Coast Discovery Center is very close to its goal of raising $200,000 to close the funding gap in order to remain in operation, with over $190,000 raised so far. The community and government have the potential to rescue this important learning center with financial support. The Living Coast Discovery Center has a strategic plan to guide the organization to sustainability with pending grants and collaborations. However, these pending funds and plans for a tenable solution are contingent upon raising the initial $200,000. All funds raised will help buy the organization time in this difficult economy.

Please support conservation education by encouraging the State of California’s Wildlife Conservation Board to assist in saving this wildlife-oriented facility for the enjoyment and well being of the community. You can also help by donating today.


Dear  John P. Donnelly,

The Living Coast Discovery Center on the San Diego Bay is scheduled to close due to a lack of funding. The educational non-profit zoo and aquarium is dedicated to promoting conservation of the environment and wildlife. Through unique programs including affordable day camps, workshops, interactive exhibits, and presentations of wild animal ambassadors, the organization has instilled interest and respect for nature in people of all ages. The permanent closure of this facility would be a tremendous loss to the community of San Diego. We urge the State of California’s Wildlife Conservation Board to help save this invaluable community resource by providing financial relief during this difficult time.

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a local treasure that, if allowed to stay open, will continue to benefit children by providing unique educational experiences and fostering an early interest in life sciences. Educating the public about sensitive ecosystems and interdependent wildlife increases conservation efforts by encouraging people to make environmentally-aware decisions in their everyday lives. By giving the Living Coast Discovery Center the funding it needs, the organization can continue to deliver the message of care and conservation for the natural world. Please help the community of San Diego to preserve this important nature discovery center for future generations.


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