Win a trip to Kauai for 7 nights 

 at the Point at Poipu 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Discovery Center will be open Monday - Saturday 9am - Noon OUTDOORS ONLY.  After Noon, you are welcome to walk around outdoors, but no team member will be present for tours, questions, or animal interactions. If you have any questions or urgent matters, send us an email - info@aguahedionda.org
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
Adjusted Outdoor Only Hours
Monday - Saturday 9am-Noon
Sunday Closed


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.


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.


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.


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.

Mission Statement

To inspire people through education and outreach to preserve the Agua Hedionda Lagoon as an accessible and healthy watershed.

Suggested $10 donation per group

Sign up for a Family Membership or higher at our Discovery Center and entry into the Discovery Center is included and many other benefits!



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.


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The Discovery Center is open:

Monday - Saturday 




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1580 Cannon Road,

Carlsbad, CA 92008

(760) 804-1969


©2020 Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. All rights reserved.

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

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