AGUA HEDIONDA LAGOON FOUNDATION / WEDDINGS
& BAR/BAT MIITZVAH's
The Discovery Center is the perfect place for your small coastal and boutique wedding, quinceanera or bar/bat mitzvah with sweeping views of the lagoon and sunsets and a variety of outdoor spaces and gardens. Whether looking for a reception space, or ceremony and reception, we can cater to your needs. These packages are designed to use the entire Discovery Center Space (detailed and outlined below).
If you are looking to book a smaller celebration, and do not think you will utilize all the offering’s and spaces, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance, or visit the rental page to look through our a la carte options.
INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT SPACE
150 MAX ATTENDEES SEATED*
65 AVAILABLE PARKING SPACES
PANORAMIC LAGOON AND SUNSET VIEWS
5 MILES FROM CARLSBAD VILLAGE
ANY VENDORS WELCOME
MULTIPLE EVENT SPACES
SUPPORTING FUTURE LAGOON STEWARDS
DJ OR LIVE MUSIC ALLOWED
1 MILE FROM SHERATON / WESTIN LODGING
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.
The Discovery Center has hosted a wide variety of events, including lectures, business meetings, anniversaries, birthday parties, gala dinners, book signings, yoga classes, fundraisers and weddings.
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 Executive Office provides the Discovery Center with 45% of its electric needs!
The gutters and downspout connected to the roof of the Executive Office collects rainwater 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.
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.
Special Features: The gardens feature art, murals, informational placards, and more. Have a sharp eye? When you are wandering the gardens, look for all of our amazing Eagle Scout projects!
The Discovery Center is less than one mile from the renowned Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa and the Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa. If you need to block a set of rooms (minimum requirement is 10 rooms) a special discounted rate will be applied, determined by the date. *Rates subject to change and availability.
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DISCOVERY CENTER SPACES
These packages include the entire facility, thus all of the below spaces. These are the different rooms and outdoor areas to help you visualize your experience and understand a general capacity and dimensions.
Rotunda Room (max 45 seated, 100 standing)
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 Newell's Terrace (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.
Great Room (max 30 seated, 50 standing)
The Great Room is a 338 square foot open space (dimensions: 22.5 feet by 15 feet). The room features three sets of glass double doors, which open to Newell's Terrace (back patio), front sidewalk entrance and main building. The Great Room is decorated in white and beige and is carpeted. This room has been used for business meetings, birthday parties, lectures and educational opportunities.
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.
Newell's Terrace (Back Patio) (max 80 seated, 150+ standing)
The main terrace is a favorite setting to Wine, Dine, and Dance! The panoramic lagoon views make a gorgeous backdrop and captivating sunset. The terrace consists of three circular nodes 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. See diagram for exact dimensions.
Special Features: Market Lights are strung across the entire north portion of the terrace for use and a twinkling atmosphere at night. A Succulent Living Wall frames one of the double door entrances to the Rotunda Room.
Nature Node #1 (max 35 seated, 60+ standing)
This paved outdoor space adjacent to our extended parking lot is a newer addition and perfect as an a la cart rental space, or cocktail gathering before the big event. See diagram for exact dimensions.
Special Features: Shazeebo brand shade sails cover the entirety of this space with market lights strung across and views of the lagoon in the distance.
Nature Nodes #2, #3 and #4 (max 12 seated, 25+ combo with seated/standing)
The outdoor educational spaces feature a variety of natural seating areas such as stones, wood benches and tree stumps. Each node is shaded and perfect for a small gathering of up to 12 people.
Native Garden Circle (max 20 seated, 35+ combo with seated/standing)
An outdoor space on the southernmost point of the building featuring a line of benches overlooking the lagoon and cleared space. This outdoor area is great for a cocktail before the big event, or a small gathering of up to 20 people. This area features a new exhibit – an observation “Bee-Aquarium”.
Learning Island (max 20 seated, 30+ combo with seated/standing)
Featuring many exhibits such as our paleontology digs, miniature nature library, Fairy Land, and Tortie the Sulcata Desert Tortoise, this outdoor area is shaded by solar panels and includes three picnic tables. This space is great for a small gathering of up to 30 people.
Mayor Matt Hall Hill (max 25 seated, 40+ combo with seated/standing)
This outdoor space located directly below Newell’s Terrace provides 5 colorful picnic tables with umbrellas overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Adjacent to Sanders Turtle Pond, sitting amongst the native Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, this is great overflow space for your larger rental, or a-la-carte rental for kids activities or an informal meeting.