Today, Ocean Discovery Institute reaches 6,000 young people each year through classroom and out-of-school programming. The Living Lab, built in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District, will enable us to reach all 10,000 children in City Heights, increase quality and frequency of programming, and expand the role of families, teachers, and mentors. Most importantly, the Living Lab will encourage City Heights students to further explore science and conservation as they grow their educational and career goals.
Rob Wellington Quigley, the architect of the Living Lab, describes the architectural structure as two arms, welcoming the community and into the embrace of the adjacent Manzanita Canyon. Every element of the facility, including spaces created for community interactions and indoor-outdoor features, reiterates this concept and enables connectivity with nature.
Every phase of design and planning for the Living Lab has been intentional, integrating over 40 community input forums and dozens of expert volunteer advisors. This has resulted in a space where form and function work in harmony, participants are immersed in robust scientific discovery, and students and families know that their commitment and achievements make this possible.
JOIN US FOR A LIVING LAB TOUR!
You’re invited to take a sneak peek inside the new Living Lab in advance of our grand opening later this spring.
Beginning February 1st, and every Thursday thereafter, Ocean Discovery team members will welcome you to the Living Lab with an all-access tour of this state-of-the-art science education facility.
Construction of the 12,000 square foot, multi-level space is significantly complete and nearly ready for programs. In the meantime, we invite you to come explore the labs, study space, and grounds. Learn about our science, conservation, and well-being programs and discover ways that you can be involved. Click here to Register.
Stay tuned for details about our grand opening. Constructing such a beautiful, environmentally-friendly building takes care and time. Bear with us as we complete the finishing touches. We think you’ll agree it’s worth the wait.
The Living Lab is currently under construction, coming soon!
The Living Lab will be more than just a building.
- It will be a place where students and teachers explore the fields of science during and after school.
- It will be a place where youth define their college and career aspirations.
- It will be a place where families engage in science and conservation activities relevant to their daily lives.
- It will be a place where scientists from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and other partners conduct research alongside students.
- It will be a place that transforms an entire community through science and conservation.
A unique aspect of the project is the joint venture agreement between Ocean Discovery Institute and San Diego Unified. The partnership with San Diego Unified School District will provide San Diego Unified students with more than 70,000 hours per year of standards-based, curriculum-aligned science education during the school day and hands-on experience at all hours.