AGUA HEDIONDA LAGOON FOUNDATION / RENTALS
WELCOME TO THE AGUA HEDIONDA LAGOON FOUNDATION
Looking for a Great Venue in Carlsbad?
The AHLF Discovery Center overlooks the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, a 400-acre estuary and wetland situated in Carlsbad, California. The Discovery Center is a 3,800 square foot building that features both indoor and outdoor facilities that may be rented as a whole or a la carte.
The Discovery Center has hosted a wide variety of events, including lectures, business meetings, anniversaries, birthday parties, gala dinners, book signings, yoga classes, and more.
This intersection in Carlsbad is at the tip of the spear, the very vanguard of technology for clean water, drinking water, emission free energy and environmental stewardship, for not just Carlsbad but for our state and our nation." – Peder Norby, April 7, 2014
An 8.9 kW solar system installed in our parking lot and on the roof above the Rancho Room provides the Discovery Center with 45% of its electric needs!
The gutters and downspout connected to the roof of the Rancho Room collects rain water and spreads it across the patio pavers. Rain water seeps into the soil, sustaining the garden and helping protect the quality of Agua Hedionda lagoon.
The Discovery Center is a no Styrofoam zone and has receptacles for proper recycling sorting.
Gardens and Patios
All rooms in the Discovery Center open to patios and gardens. The patios weave around the building, creating cozy gathering spaces amongst +750 native plants.
The main patio is a favorite setting to Wine, Dine, and Dance! The panoramic ocean and lagoon views make a gorgeous backdrop. The patio consists of approximately 220 square feet (dimensions: 18.5 feet by 12 feet) of open space along the west side of the Discovery Center. Couples enjoy exchanging their vows under the gazebo and then celebrating with their intimate friends.
Special Features: The gardens feature art, murals, informational placards, and more. Have a sharp eye? When you're wandering the gardens, look for all of our amazing Eagle Scout projects!
The Rotunda Room, located in the heart of the Discovery Center, is a magnificent 624 square foot space (dimensions: 26 feet by 24 feet). This airy room features wood beam cathedral ceilings, a candelabra chandelier, and two sets of double doors that open to the back patio and native gardens. The western doorway frames the lagoon at her most spectacular time of day – sunset!
The overall room color scheme consists of white and beige, allowing for both dressed up or dressed down décor. Perfect for any occasion.
Special Features: Touch tank. Fish tanks. Reptile enclosures. Educational Displays. Smart TV. Projector Screen. Tinted Windows. Optional Shade Blinds.
The Great Room is a 338 square foot open space (dimensions: 22.5 feet by 15 feet). This room is one of the main classrooms used for the AHLF Kid's Club and education programs. The room features three sets of glass double doors, which open to the back/front patios and parking lot and main building. The Great Room is decorated in white and beige and is carpeted. This room has been used for business meetings, conferences, and seminars!
Special Features: Projector Screen. Optional Shade Blinds.
Lagoon Fact! Deer grass is one of the materials used by the Luiseño Indians to weave baskets.
The Discovery Center has a small but fully functional kitchen. Appliances available in the kitchen include a glass-top four-burner stove, oven, microwave, dish washer, refrigerator/freezer, and stainless steel double sink with a U-shaped faucet.
The kitchen features a glass door that opens onto the main patio and has been used as a food preparation and staging area for events.
Discovery Membership: $150
Two year membership to the AHLF
Waived rental deposit fee
3hr minimum rental requirement waived
25% off your next rental at the DC
50% off additional rental items on your next rental at the Discovery Center (not including cleaning)
No ABC License or Insurance required
Membership Pricing: $500
The entire Discovery Center venue
4:00 p.m. rental start time (this includes your set-up)
$150 per hour to start before 4:00 p.m.
If you wanted your rental to be at 4:00 p.m., and you needed 4 hours prior to set-up:
The entire venue from Noon – Midnight: $150 x 4 = $600 + $500 = $1100
The entire venue for the whole day (8:00 a.m. – midnight): $1500.
Non-Member Pricing: $200 an hour
Included in pricing:
(15) 6ft rectangular tables, (2) 4ft rectangular tables, (50) white folding chairs, (20) grey folding chairs, Roll-away high bar. Market Lights on Back Patio. Smart TV. Sound System (indoors only).
Cleaning Team at end of night: $200
AHLF Team Member During Rental (pending availability): $50 per hour
Rental of our coffee machine, includes cups and creamer etc.: $125
Set up tables and chairs (our table and chairs, by an AHLF Team Member): $50
(8) Belly Bar Tables: $5 each
What are folks saying about their experience renting the facilities at AHLF
Just wanted to thank you and your team for making Wednesday night a huge success! I have had such rave reviews on the setting and the fact that the sunset behind Encina. People enjoyed the venue so much. Thank you for all your guidance and commitment to making the evening flawless.
Thank you AHLF staff for everything. You were great and easy to work with. You helped make our whole party experience a pleasant one. Thanks also for the bottle of wine. You are great!!!
Jose De Anda
Carlsbad Education Foundation
Thank you so much for everything! I never thought that we could have such a magical evening as we had Friday night. We really appreciate the help and guidance throughout our journey with you. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity.
Sage Creek High School ASB Advisor
Thank you so much for allowing us to host our party here last night. You did such a wonderful job to get the place ready for us. We had a magnificent time... Thanks for all you do!
Author at Book Signing Event
DISCOVERY CENTER RENTAL FAQ's
Do I get the entire center with the flat rate price?
How long can I stay?
Can I bring in Alcohol?
Can I bring in Catering?
What is the lighting like outdoors?
Do you have heating and air conditioning?
Can I bring outside rental items in?
Can I bring in decorations and put up items?
Are the animals covered up or moved in the main room?
Do you have linens?
How many tables and chairs do you have?
What should I bring?
How do I reserve?
Does the AHLF Set-Up Chairs & Tables?
Can I drop items off before my rented time?
Are we allowed to have fire pits on the back patio?
Can we bring a pinata?
Do you have extension cords for us to use?
Can we use the Kitchen/Fridge/Freezer?
Do you have scissors/tape/sharpies for use?
Do we lock the doors at the end of the night?
Can we have candles?
Is there WIFI?