Sweetwater Marsh Unit
Programs are conducted in partnerships with the Living Coast Discovery Center, National City, several school districts, and various nonprofit organizations. The Refuge provides the outdoor classroom for this program where students study topics such as the tides, water quality, native vegetation, and birds. The Discovery Center also conducts weekly docent-lead nature hikes along the trail system on Gunpowder Point.
South San Diego Bay Unit
The South San Diego Bay Unit provides the site for the Habitat Heroes environmental education program. This program provides students from nearby elementary schools to participate in a program that focuses on two significant threats to coastal wetland habitat quality: invasive plant species and storm water pollution. The outdoor components of this program are conducted on the upland areas along the southern boundary of the Refuge Unit, at the end of 13th Street in Imperial Beach. In the winter, the only opportunity to be on the interior levees of the refuge is during the "Salt Pond Nature Tours" operated in partnership with the San Diego Audubon Society. Please check the event calendar.