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Splash into Science Snorkel Program

Snorkeler at Spring Lake

Splash into Science is an immersive snorkeling program that provides low-impact educational fun in the crystal-clear waters of Spring Lake. Spring Lake is home to spring-fed waters that remain a constant 72 degrees year-round, seven endangered and threatened species, and one of the longest persistently inhabited sites in North America. This program aims to connect guests to the wonders of our local ecosystem and our relationship with the environment.

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center, including a 5mm wetsuit (optional), goggles, snorkel, fins, life jacket, and a dive light (evening class only).  No outside gear will be allowed unless it is for prescription goggles. Life jackets must be worn at all times.

Courses are limited to a minimum of 2 participants and maximum of 8. For larger groups, inquiries should be sent to the Spring Lake Education Office.

Courses Offered

2-hour Introductory Course, $45/person (*$10 discount for TXST and military)

The introductory course will include:

  • Introduction to the unique history and habitat of Spring Lake

  • Guided tour of the Discovery Hall

  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher

  • *Participants will be required to pass a swim test prior to the tour and show ability to snorkel in open water

  • Guided on water tour including Diversion Springs, Cream of Wheat Springs and the Ossified Forest (approx. 45 minutes)

*Military and Texas State University staff, faculty, and students that would like to book the tour at a $10 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at for details.

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  • Snorkel Tours (6 people max @$45/ea)

    Saturday, September 10: 4:30-6:30pm

    Saturday, September 17: 4:30-6:30pm

    Sunday, September 18: 4:30-6:30pm

    Sunday, September 25: 4:30-6:30pm

    Friday, September 30: 4:30-6:30pm

    Saturday, October 15: 4:30-6:30pm

*For more information, please email or call the Education Office at 512.245.7540.

  • Splash into Science is limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim and be able to pass a swim test. Comfort around deep water and experience with snorkeling is required. Participants must arrive in a clean, washed swimsuit to prevent the spread of invasive species like Zebra Mussels.

    All participants should be in good mental and physical fitness for snorkeling.  A signed waiver is required for all participants stating that they will not hold Texas State University or the Meadows Center liable for any injury that may occur. 

  • Cancellations must be received at least 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.  If a cancellation is made less than 24 hours prior to the event, you will receive half of the total amount paid.  The amount refunded will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment.

  • All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8am through Friday at 5pm to park in the Meadows Center parking lot.  One day temporary permits are available for purchase at the kiosk in the parking lot for $3.  The kiosk takes credit cards only.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • All you need to bring is a swimsuit, towel, and shoes that can get a little wet.  All other gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. Make sure your swimsuit is recently washed to help us prevent the introduction of zebra mussels into the lake. And, please use eco-friendly sunscreens to help us protect the fragile habitat at Spring Lake.

    • If you have prescription goggles, bring those and make sure you are at least 15 minutes early so we can dip them in our gear wash. If you don’t have special goggles, make sure you wear contacts. Glasses do not fit under the masks.

    • Yes, but please arrive 15 minutes early to make sure you have time to clean it.

    • It depends on how much.  There may be some issues with the mask letting in water due to the facial hair preventing the mask from sealing.  We do have a limited number of masks that go over the nose instead of under which will work and one full face mask.  We also suggest using Vaseline or something similar to help with the seal. 

    • Our stock of wet suits range from women’s XS-XL and men’s S-3XL.  If you have any concerns about fitting into a wet suit, please make note about it on your online reservation form or email us at  You can also check out the wet suit size sheet. Wet suits are recommended but not required, and please remember that the water is a cool 72° year round.

    • No, we do not.  Due to the limited space on our tours, we require booking your tour in advance.

    • Give us a call at (512)245-7590 or shoot us an email at