Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA 92008

(760) 804-1969 |

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 33-0411888.

© 2019 by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. All rights reserved.

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Suggested $10 donation per group
Sign up for a Family Membership or higher at our Discovery Center and get $10 off your annual membership rate!

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, 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

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. 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.

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.

Upcoming Discovery Center Closures

Please check the calendar, to the right, for additional closure dates.

11/9/19 - CLOSED for Private Rentals

11/28/19 - Thanksgiving Day

12/24/19- Christmas Eve

12/25/19 - Christmas Day

1/1/20- New Years Day

Piper the Pig "Out of Office" Days

Piper is a Monday - Friday exhibit with the exception of the following days.


12/23/19 - 1/1/2020



Discovery Center Hours

Regular Hours of Operation

Monday through Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm
(unless otherwise noted in calendar)


School Program Hours

School Program hours are from 9:30am-1:15pm. In the event of rain, school programs are held indoors and public access to the Discovery Center will be limited to Trail & Bathrooms only.

From 12:25 - 1:15, visiting schools are inside the Discovery Center for a presentation. DC access is limited during this time. 

Birthday Parties are held in our Great Room during open hours. Many Saturday and Sunday's the Great Room is occupied for these parties, and thus not open to the public. 


1-5 South

Take exit 48 for Cannon Rd

0.2 miles

Turn left onto Cannon Rd

1.5 miles

Turn left onto Faraday Ave

1-5 North

Take exit 48 for Cannon Rd

0.2 miles

Turn right onto Cannon Rd

1.5 miles

Turn left onto Faraday Ave