Currently, our indoor offerings are moved so you are still able to enjoy them from the outdoors. Specifically, our exhibits will be at our doors, animal interactions available outside on our patio. The gardens, trails and outdoors are 100% open. Our scheduled Preschool Playdates, After School Enrichment, Kids Camps and CEF programming is essential and is able to continue as scheduled.
Friday November 20th, at 3pm
Saturday November 21st, at 3pm
Wednesday November 25th, at 3pm
Thursday November 26th - Sunday November 29th
December 24th - 25th
New Years Day
Our youth Discovery Camps, Kids Klub and preschool playdates are still happening safely outdoors in our educational nodes, separated from the public. We remain diligent in our sanitation protocols, screening of employees, volunteers and campers. Restroom facilities are sanitized hourly and campers are separate from visitors.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us, will continue to support us, and our members, as they “Make it Happen! “ If you are able, please consider an investment or membership to the Lagoon Foundation. We want to remain your nature resource through this entire ongoing “new normal” and beyond
~ The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Team
WELCOME TO THE AGUA HEDIONDA LAGOON FOUNDATION
Our mission is to inspire people through education and outreach to preserve the Agua Hedionda Lagoon as an accessible and healthy watershed.
This 400-acre lagoon is home to a wide array of flora and fauna and invites us to appreciate our water resources through such uses as a YMCA day camp, recreational boating, a mussel and oyster aquaculture facility, a white-sea bass hatchery, a desalination plant, and a power generating plant. It connects us to a greater world in so many ways.
Come join the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation in our work to preserve and protect this valuable resource.
WHO WE ARE
We are a 501C(3) non-profit formed in 1990 by passionate Carlsbad citizens who strive to promote the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in its global context. We are not affiliated with or obligated to any government, religious, or for-profit organization. Our initiatives, including our educational programs and events, are supported by ordinary citizens, grants, supporters and members; donations are tax deductible.
WHO WE SERVE
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation operates the Discovery Center (DC). The DC is an extraordinary collection of hands-on exhibits, gardens, and live animal ambassadors allowing visitors to “taste nature.” We are open to the public, but we primarily serve families with school-aged children who care about the environment, the watershed, and the local community, and we are stroller friendly. These families come to Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation for active ways to involve their kids in fun, hands-on, educational experiences that give them a sense of accomplishment. Most guests spend between half an hour to two hours exploring our offerings. We have a suggested $10 donation per group; members are complimentary. See our exhibit page for details what you can experience at your Discovery Center.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
By providing direct access to nature (in the form of gardens, wildlife, aqua culture, and water-based recreation), we uniquely offer fun, interactive experiences with diverse bodies that rely on the lagoon. We do this differently from others by offering learning experiences that focus on the hands-on doing (not just viewing) of how people and wildlife depend on active watershed management.
AGUA HEDIONDA LAGOON FOUNDATION CALENDAR OF EVENTS
THE DISCOVERY CENTER
The Discovery Center is a 3,800 sq. foot nature center filled with hands-on exhibits, gardens and panoramic views . We can accommodate up to 200 of your guests comfortably for an event. If you are planning a wedding or celebration, stop by to visit and see if we are the right venue for you. Our location is covered by natural beauty which makes our venue even more unique and memorable.