Outdoor trails, garden, retail and educational programs OPEN
Due to the new stay at home orders put in place by the California Governor, the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation's Discovery Center (AHLF) is now closed to the public.
Our scheduled Preschool Playdates, After School Enrichment, and CEF programming is essential education, and is able to continue as scheduled.
Our retail gift shop is pushed to the main entrance doors, so if you are in need of gifts such as succulents, artwork, honey or AHLF merchandise, we are able to serve you.
Although our exhibits and animal interactions are officially closed to the public, the following days our retail, offices, Discovery Center Trail and Garden will also be closed.
Monday January 18th 2021 All Day
If you need immediate assistance on any of these days please contact Samantha at 760-7109177 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were to visit the DC right now, you could enjoy our recreational opportunities: DC trail, native garden, or feed Piper by purchasing a Piper Pack in our retail shop. (Piper only "in office" on Wednesday's).
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
Piper's updated hours:
12/8 - 12/10 9am - 3pm
12/15 - 12/17 9am - 3pm
12/21 - 12/23 9am - 3pm
12/28 - 12/30 9am - 3pm
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.
Nature All Around Me
a Podcast by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation
Sponsored in part by the Sanders Tech Ed Foundation.
Nature all Around Me invites persons of all ages and backgrounds to ground themselves in the environment that the Agua Hedionda Lagoon provides through experiential learning. Listen in on these approximately 20-30 minutes episodes everywhere where podcasts are released.