The Living Coast Discovery Center

For those of you who live or visit the San Diego, CA area, the Living Coast Discovery Center (formally known as the Chula Vista Nature Center) is a treat to visit. This non- profit center plays host to many animals from land to sea. It is situated on the 316-acre Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The Center combines first class zoo and aquarium exhibits with the birds, marine life and other living organisms that the bay front refuge naturally supports.

Teresa Espaniola had the privilege of working at the center teaching gARTbage art projects during summer day camps offered this summer. The camps created art out of trash from local beaches and recycled items. They walked the trails, did beach clean ups, washed and sorted the trash they found at the bay shore. The campers also interacted with many of the animals that live here.

Murals for the Living Coast Discovery Center

During several events and Summer camps, these murals were available to the public and the campers to experience beach trash up close and personal. The 'fish' in the Our Synthetic Seas mural were created by many visitors and campers. The endangered Sea Turtle and Clapper Rail murals eventually became covered in beach trash by guests with the help of New Ocean Blue's Megan, Kimberly and Silvia. Thank you, ladies!

Endangered Clapper Rail and Green Sea Turtle murals


This checker board is made with packaging found on the beach. The 'checkers' are bottle caps - one of the most invasive new ocean species... Make your own using packaging, rubber cement and caps!

Creators of the 'Entanglement' mural

Creators of the 'Plastic Ingestion' mural

LCDC Summer Camp Entanglement and Ingestion murals

Summer Camp Snapshots

Living Coast Family Fun!

Living Coast Family Craft Projects