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Location:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$5 boat tickets for bobcats and families participating in TXST Family Weekend
Contact:
Spring Lake Education Office,
SpringLakeTours@txstate.edu
512.245.7570
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Bobcats and families participating in Texas State University’s 2022 Family Weekend can enjoy discounted $5 tickets for glass-bottom boat tours at Spring Lake! Hop aboard a glass-bottom boat to catch a glimpse of hundreds of artesian springs and

Experience a glass-bottom boat tour to catch a glimpse of hundreds of artesian springs and see the abundant plant and wildlife that Spring Lake home. The Meadows Center is open for tours from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the first boat at 10 a.m. and the last boat at 4:30 p.m.
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until Oct. 11
Location:
201 San Marcos Springs, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$9/person; children 2 and under are free.
Contact:
Spring Lake Education Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Learn about the cultures that have existed and thrived in Central Texas for thousands of years! During this program, we will experience the indigenous cultures' way of life through games and crafts.

Check-in begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Meadows Center ticket kiosk.

About the Spring Lake Outdoor Academy
This series of classes is designed for K-12th students to get outside and experience nature firsthand. Classes take place on one Tuesday of each month from September-December. Prior registration is required (limit 40). Each class includes a boat ride and other activities that vary from class to class. Homeschool students are encouraged to register. Learn more: OutdoorAcademy.MeadowsWater.org

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Location:
Spring Lake Hall: 201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$10/person; children 2 and under are free
Contact:
Spring Lake Tour Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Join us for Girl Scout Badge Day to discover the unique ecosystem created by the San Marcos Springs. Learn about the importance of water and how to conserve it! Admission includes the tour, a glass-bottom boat ride, and a Meadows Center Patch. Tickets are $10/person; children 2 and under are free. Registration is required. Details: scoutday.meadowswater.org Click here for more information
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$45/person
Contact:
Spring Lake Tour Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
512.245.7590
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Splash into Science is an immersive snorkeling program which provides low-impact educational fun in the spring-fed, crystal clear waters of Spring Lake, the headwaters of the San Marcos River. 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 continually inhabited sites in North America. This program aims to connect guests to the wonders of our local ecosystem and our relationship with the environment.

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)

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center, including a 5mm wetsuit (optional), goggles, snorkel, fins, life jacket, and dive light (evening classes only). No outside gear will be allowed unless it is for prescription goggles. Live jackets must be worn at all times. Courses are limited to a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 6. For larger groups, inquiries should be sent to springlaketours@txstate.edu.

*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 springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
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.

Cancellation Policy:
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.

Parking Information:
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.


NOTE: Classes have a 2-guest minimum. You will be notified if the minimum number of guests has not been reached. Registration closes 2 days prior to the tour date. If registration has closed for your desired date, please contact our Ticket Kiosk at 512.245.7590 to check availability.

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until Oct. 21
Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$40 for Adults; $30 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
Contact:
Spring Lake Tours Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
The Meadows Center has launched Guided Stand-Up Paddling Tours at Spring Lake to provide a new way to experience the headwaters of the San Marcos River!! Floating on top of the crystal-clear waters of the Edwards Aquifer, paddlers can look forward to learning about the unique history of Spring Lake, one of the longest continually inhabited sites in North America, and the protection of its critical habitat, which supports eight endangered and threatened species. Paddlers can also anticipate seeing a variety of wildlife such as turtles, fish, and aquatic plants on their tour, all with a trained and knowledgeable guide available to answer questions.

The 1.5-hour experience includes:
  • Introduction to the unique history and habitat of Spring Lake
  • Check-in, safety, and skills debrief
  • Hour-long guided stand-up paddling tour
Space is limited to eight people per tour, and participants must be 12 years or older. The weight limit for the stand-up paddleboards is 285 pounds. All gear such as life jackets, paddleboards and paddles will be provided by the Meadows Center. Beginner and experienced stand-up paddlers are welcome.

To learn more about participant requirements and to register for a stand-up paddling tour, visit www.meadowscenter.txst.edu/Education/sup-tours. To schedule a private or group stand-up paddling tour, email springlaketours@txstate.edu.
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until Oct. 29
Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$40/person
Contact:
Spring Lake Tour Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
512.245.7590
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Spring Lake Guided Kayak Tours provides low-impact educational fun on top of the spring-fed, crystal clear waters of Spring Lake. The water here is 72 degrees year-round, home to 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.

The 1.5-hour experience includes:

  • Introduction to the unique history and habitat of Spring Lake
  • Check-in, safety, and skills debrief
  • Hour-long guided kayak tour

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center, including a life jacket, kayak, and a light (evening class only). No outside gear will be allowed unless it is pre-approved. 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 springlaketours@txstate.edu.

*Military and Texas State University staff, faculty, and students wishing to book the tour at a $10 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
The Spring Lake Kayak Program is limited to paddlers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to paddle their own boat. Comfort around deep water and experience with kayaking is required.

All participants should be in good mental and physical fitness for kayaking. 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.

Cancellation Policy:
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.

Parking Information:
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.

NOTE: Classes have a 2-guest minimum. You will be notified if the minimum number of guests has not been reached. Registration closes 2 days prior to the tour date. If registration has closed for your desired date, please contact our Ticket Kiosk at 512.245.7590 to check availability.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
FREE for Military, Veterans, and Family
Contact:
Spring Lake Tours Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Thanks to generous contributions from H-E-B Operation Appreciation, we are offering free stand-up paddling tours and free glass-bottom boat tours on Sept. 29, Oct. 23, and Nov. 6 for veterans, active military, and their immediate families. Paddlers can look forward to learning about the unique history of Spring Lake, one of the longest continually inhabited sites in North America. Paddlers can also anticipate seeing a variety of wildlife such as turtles, fish, and aquatic plants on their tour, all with a trained and knowledgeable guide available to answer questions.

The 1.5-hour experience includes:
  • Introduction to the unique history and habitat of Spring Lake
  • Check-in, safety, and skills debrief
  • Hour-long guided stand-up paddling tour
Space is limited to eight people per stand-up paddling tour, and participants must be 12 years or older. The weight limit for the paddleboards is 285 pounds. All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center, including a life jacket and stand-up paddleboard. No outside gear will be allowed unless it is pre-approved. To register for an Operation Appreciation stand-up paddling tour, visit https://bit.ly/op-appreciation-tours to make a $5 refundable deposit and reserve a ticket. The deposit will be refunded following the tour.

Pre-registration is not required for the glass-bottom boat tours. Tour will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The schedule for the Operation Appreciation tours is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 29
  • Free glass-bottom boat tours from 1-4:30 p.m. (first-come, first-serve)
  • Free stand-up paddling tour from 4:30-6 p.m. and 6-7:15 p.m. (pre-registration required)
Sunday, Oct. 23
  • Free glass-bottom boat tours from 1-3:30 p.m. (first-come, first-serve)
  • Free stand-up paddling tour from 4:30-6 p.m. and 6-7:15 p.m. (pre-registration required)
Sunday, Nov. 6
  • Free glass-bottom boat tours from 1-3:30 p.m. (first-come, first-serve)
  • Free stand-up paddling tour from 3:30-5 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. (pre-registration required)
 
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until Nov. 6
Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
FREE for Military, Veterans, and Family
Contact:
Spring Lake Tours Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Thanks to generous contributions from H-E-B Operation Appreciation, the Meadows Center will offer free guided stand-up paddling tours and free glass-bottom boat tours at Spring Lake on Sept. 29, Oct. 23 and Nov. 6 for veterans, active military, and their immediate family. Pre-registration is not required for the glass-bottom boat tours. Tour will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For details & registration information about the Stand-Up Paddling Tours at Spring Lake, visit: https://www.meadowscenter.txst.edu/ReserveSpecialEvents/Calendar.html

The schedule for the Operation Appreciation tours is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 29
  • Free glass-bottom boat tours from 1-4:30 p.m. (first-come, first-serve)
  • Free stand-up paddling tour from 4:30-6 p.m. and 6-7:15 p.m. (pre-registration required)
Sunday, Oct. 23
  • Free glass-bottom boat tours from 1-3:30 p.m. (first-come, first-serve)
  • Free stand-up paddling tour from 4:30-6 p.m. and 6-7:15 p.m. (pre-registration required)
Sunday, Nov. 6
  • Free glass-bottom boat tours from 1-3:30 p.m. (first-come, first-serve)
  • Free stand-up paddling tour from 3:30-5 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. (pre-registration required)
 
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until Nov. 8
Location:
201 San Marcos Springs, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$9/person; children 2 and under are free.
Contact:
Spring Lake Education Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Learn about the endangered and threatened species found here at Spring Lake! From blind salamanders to Texas wild-rice, we will explore the many unique organisms that call Spring Lake and the San Marcos River home.

Check-in begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Meadows Center ticket kiosk.

About the Spring Lake Outdoor Academy
This series of classes is designed for K-12th students to get outside and experience nature firsthand. Classes take place on one Tuesday of each month from September-December. Prior registration is required (limit 40). Each class includes a boat ride and other activities that vary from class to class. Homeschool students are encouraged to register. Learn more: OutdoorAcademy.MeadowsWater.org

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, TX
Cost:
$10/person; children 2 and under are free
Contact:
Spring Lake Education Ticket Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Join us for Girl Scout Badge Day to discover the unique ecosystem created by the San Marcos Springs on this guided tour! Admission includes the tour, a glass-bottom boat ride, and a Meadows Center Patch. Tickets are $10/person; children 2 and under are free. Registration is required: scoutday.meadowswater.org Click here for more information
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until Dec. 6
Location:
201 San Marcos Springs, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$9/person; children 2 and under are free.
Contact:
Spring Lake Education Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Rain or shine, the Earth is our home. Join us in learning the ins and outs of weather vs. climate. This program will inspire you to be a protector of green spaces and empower you to teach others about the importance of water conservation as we all navigate Earth’s changing climate.

Check-in begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Meadows Center ticket kiosk.

About the Spring Lake Outdoor Academy
This series of classes is designed for K-12th students to get outside and experience nature firsthand. Classes take place on one Tuesday of each month from September-December. Prior registration is required (limit 40). Each class includes a boat ride and other activities that vary from class to class. Homeschool students are encouraged to register. Learn more: OutdoorAcademy.MeadowsWater.org

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