The Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa is a natural history museum with hands-on exhibits connecting children and their families to Sonoma County's ecosystems. The Discovery Center hosts school field trips and weekend activities that spark children's imaginations and inspire them to look at their communities in new ways.
At the Environmental Discovery Center, kids can:
- Learn about Sonoma County's plants, animals and natural resources through exhibits inviting them to touch, climb, crawl and play
- Explore a tide pool with live, touchable sea creatures, meet Shelby the turtle and get up close to taxidermied wildlife
- Conduct earth science experiments with naturalists on "Science Saturdays," the first Saturday of each month
- Join naturalists on "family hikes" every third Saturday in September and November through May and learn about Spring Lake's plants and animals
The Discovery Center's interactive exhibits are designed primarily for children in the elementary grades and focus on environmental conservation and stewardship. Programming reinforces California content standards for life sciences and is developed and presented by professional educators.
The Discovery Center is a partnership established by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation with Regional Parks and the Sonoma County Water Agency. Additional sponsors include The City of Santa Rosa Public Works Department, The Madrone Audubon Society, The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Fish & Wildlife Commission, Sonoma County Waste Management Agency and JDSU.