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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$10/person; children 2 and under are free
Contact:
Spring Lake Educational Tour Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
What does it mean to live on a “water planet?” In this month’s program, we will dive into the basics of the water cycle, where we can find water on Earth, and the importance of green spaces and parks for water conservation.

Perfect for students curious about science and the natural world, this series of classes is designed for K-12th grades to get outside and experience nature firsthand. Classes take place on one Tuesday of each month. Each class includes a glass-bottom boat ride and other educational activities that vary from class to class. Homeschool students are encouraged to register.

Tickets are $10/person; children 2 and under are free. Pre-registration is required—we limit the morning classes to 40 participants and afternoon sessions to 20 participants.

Details & tickets: http://outdooracademy.meadowswater.org/
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$10/person; children 2 and under are free
Contact:
Spring Lake Educational Tour Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
What does it mean to live on a “water planet?” In this month’s program, we will dive into the basics of the water cycle, where we can find water on Earth, and the importance of green spaces and parks for water conservation.

Perfect for students curious about science and the natural world, this series of classes is designed for K-12th grades to get outside and experience nature firsthand. Classes take place on one Tuesday of each month. Each class includes a glass-bottom boat ride and other educational activities that vary from class to class. Homeschool students are encouraged to register.

Tickets are $10/person; children 2 and under are free. Pre-registration is required—we limit the morning classes to 40 participants and afternoon sessions to 20 participants.

Details & tickets: http://outdooracademy.meadowswater.org/
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, TX
Cost:
$12/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! Learn about the importance of water and how to conserve it! In this 2-hour guided tour, scouts will fulfill the LOVE Water and SAVE Water portion of the “Wonders of Water Journey Badge.” Admission includes the tour, a glass-bottom boat ride, and a Meadows Center Patch.

Check-in begins at 9:45 am at the Meadows Center ticket kiosk. Tickets are $12/person; children two and under are free. An adult must accompany children, and tickets are required for both children and adults. Registration is required. Details: http://scoutday.meadowswater.org/

*Note: The Meadows Center does not distribute official scout badges. Individuals must purchase those through Girl Scouts of the USA.

Cancellation Policy
We require five business days' notice if you would like to reschedule or cancel your reservation for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a future program date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your reserved program due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to retain your program credit for a future date.
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$35 for Adults; $30 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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.

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 a maximum of 8. For larger groups, inquiries should be sent to springlaketours@txstate.edu.

*Military and Texas State University staff, faculty, and students who would like to book the tour at a $5 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:
We require five business days' notice if you would like to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be given an opportunity to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs, San Marcos TX 78666
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Spring Lake Education Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
512.245.7540
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Clouds, rain, sunshine, oh my! As the season begins to change, come join us for a day of learning all about the weather! This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at familyfun.meadowswater.org. Click here for more information
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
211 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 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
Experience the San Marcos River's headwaters like never before with the Meadows Center's Guided Light-Up Kayak Tours at Spring Lake. This tour features a 100% clear kayak equipped with underwater LED lights, providing an uninterrupted view of the wildlife and iconic San Marcos Springs. Learn about the rich history of Spring Lake, its critical habitat, and the conservation efforts to protect eight endangered and threatened species.
Paddlers can also anticipate seeing a variety of wildlife, such as turtles, fish, and aquatic plants, all with a trained and knowledgeable guide available to answer questions.

Space is limited to eight people per tour, and participants must be 12 years or older. All related equipment will be provided. Beginner and experienced stand-up paddlers are welcome.

To schedule a private or group stand-up paddling tour, email springlaketours@txstate.edu.
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Location:
211 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 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
Experience the San Marcos River's headwaters like never before with the Meadows Center's Guided Light-Up Kayak Tours at Spring Lake. This tour features a 100% clear kayak equipped with underwater LED lights, providing an uninterrupted view of the wildlife and iconic San Marcos Springs. Learn about the rich history of Spring Lake, its critical habitat, and the conservation efforts to protect eight endangered and threatened species.
Paddlers can also anticipate seeing a variety of wildlife, such as turtles, fish, and aquatic plants, all with a trained and knowledgeable guide available to answer questions.

Space is limited to eight people per tour, and participants must be 12 years or older. All related equipment will be provided. Beginner and experienced stand-up paddlers are welcome.

To schedule a private or group stand-up paddling tour, email springlaketours@txstate.edu.
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$35 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 Guided Stand-Up Paddling Tours at Spring Lake 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, all with a trained and knowledgeable guide available to answer questions.

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 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 https://www.meadowscenter.txst.edu/education/eco-adventures.html. To schedule a private or group stand-up paddling tour, email springlaketours@txstate.edu.
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
211 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 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
Experience the San Marcos River's headwaters like never before with the Meadows Center's Guided Light-Up Kayak Tours at Spring Lake. This tour features a 100% clear kayak equipped with underwater LED lights, providing an uninterrupted view of the wildlife and iconic San Marcos Springs. Learn about the rich history of Spring Lake, its critical habitat, and the conservation efforts to protect eight endangered and threatened species.
Paddlers can also anticipate seeing a variety of wildlife, such as turtles, fish, and aquatic plants, all with a trained and knowledgeable guide available to answer questions.

Space is limited to eight people per tour, and participants must be 12 years or older. All related equipment will be provided. Beginner and experienced stand-up paddlers are welcome.

To schedule a private or group stand-up paddling tour, email springlaketours@txstate.edu.
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$10/person; children 2 and under are free
Contact:
Spring Lake Educational Tour Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Let’s hit the trails! We will create our very own field guides and take them into the Spring Lake Nature Preserve. Let’s learn how to tap into our five senses to better understand the natural world.

Perfect for students curious about science and the natural world, this series of classes is designed for K-12th grades to get outside and experience nature firsthand. Classes take place on one Tuesday of each month. Each class includes a glass-bottom boat ride and other educational activities that vary from class to class. Homeschool students are encouraged to register.

Tickets are $10/person; children 2 and under are free. Pre-registration is required—we limit the morning classes to 40 participants and afternoon sessions to 20 participants.

Details & tickets: http://outdooracademy.meadowswater.org/
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Location:
Spring Lake Hall: 201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$12/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
In this 2-hour guided tour, scouts will fulfill all the requirements for the “Into the Wild” badge while learning about the unique ecosystem created by the San Marcos Springs. Admission includes the tour, a glass-bottom boat ride, and a Meadows Center patch.

Check-in begins at 9:45 am at the Meadows Center ticket kiosk. Tickets are $12/person; children two and under are free. An adult must accompany children, and tickets are required for both children and adults. Registration is required. Details: http://scoutday.meadowswater.org/

*Note: The Meadows Center does not distribute official scout badges. Individuals must purchase those through Boy Scouts of America.

Cancellation Policy
We require five business days' notice if you would like to reschedule or cancel your reservation for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a future program date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your reserved program due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to retain your program credit for a future date.
 
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

Click here for more information
more about event

Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
211 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Abbie Smith, Meadows Center Earth Day Event Coordinator
ajs186@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Earth Day San Marcos Festival, returning to Spring Lake on Saturday, April 20, 2024! This FREE community-wide, family-friendly event is your chance to celebrate our local natural resources and connect with nature.

There will be a variety of hands-on educational activities for people of all ages, as well as live performances and demonstrations. You won't want to miss the chance to interact with eco-friendly exhibitors and vendors who will be showcasing an array of environmental and sustainability-related topics. 

Come join us at the headwaters of the San Marcos River and experience a day of fun, entertainment, and learning. We can't wait to see you there!

Become a Vendor!
We invite you to apply to host a booth at the Spring Lake Earth Day Festival to promote your group, organization, or business. Vendor booth registration is $25; non-profit education booths are free to participate. Register here.

Learn more: www.meadowscenter.txst.edu/education/earth-day
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$35 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 Guided Stand-Up Paddling Tours at Spring Lake 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, all with a trained and knowledgeable guide available to answer questions.

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 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 https://www.meadowscenter.txst.edu/education/eco-adventures.html. To schedule a private or group stand-up paddling tour, email springlaketours@txstate.edu.
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$35 for Adults; $30 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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.

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 a maximum of 8. For larger groups, inquiries should be sent to springlaketours@txstate.edu.

*Military and Texas State University staff, faculty, and students who would like to book the tour at a $5 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:
We require five business days' notice if you would like to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be given an opportunity to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$35 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 Guided Stand-Up Paddling Tours at Spring Lake 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, all with a trained and knowledgeable guide available to answer questions.

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 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 https://www.meadowscenter.txst.edu/education/eco-adventures.html. To schedule a private or group stand-up paddling tour, email springlaketours@txstate.edu.
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$35 for Adults; $30 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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.

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 a maximum of 8. For larger groups, inquiries should be sent to springlaketours@txstate.edu.

*Military and Texas State University staff, faculty, and students who would like to book the tour at a $5 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:
We require five business days' notice if you would like to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be given an opportunity to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$35 for Adults; $30 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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.

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 a maximum of 8. For larger groups, inquiries should be sent to springlaketours@txstate.edu.

*Military and Texas State University staff, faculty, and students who would like to book the tour at a $5 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:
We require five business days' notice if you would like to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be given an opportunity to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$10/person; children 2 and under are free
Contact:
Spring Lake Educational Tour Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Butterflies, bees, and moths…oh my! With Spring flowers in full bloom, we will explore the various pollinators that visit the native plants around Spring Lake.

Perfect for students curious about science and the natural world, this series of classes is designed for K-12th grades to get outside and experience nature firsthand. Classes take place on one Tuesday of each month. Each class includes a glass-bottom boat ride and other educational activities that vary from class to class. Homeschool students are encouraged to register.

Tickets are $10/person; children 2 and under are free. Pre-registration is required—we limit the morning classes to 40 participants and afternoon sessions to 20 participants.

Details & tickets: http://outdooracademy.meadowswater.org/
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$10/person; children 2 and under are free
Contact:
Spring Lake Educational Tour Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Butterflies, bees, and moths…oh my! With Spring flowers in full bloom, we will explore the various pollinators that visit the native plants around Spring Lake.

Perfect for students curious about science and the natural world, this series of classes is designed for K-12th grades to get outside and experience nature firsthand. Classes take place on one Tuesday of each month. Each class includes a glass-bottom boat ride and other educational activities that vary from class to class. Homeschool students are encouraged to register.

Tickets are $10/person; children 2 and under are free. Pre-registration is required—we limit the morning classes to 40 participants and afternoon sessions to 20 participants.

Details & tickets: http://outdooracademy.meadowswater.org/
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, TX
Cost:
$12/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. 

Check-in begins at 9:45 am at the Meadows Center ticket kiosk. Tickets are $12/person; children two and under are free. An adult must accompany children, and tickets are required for both children and adults. Registration is required. Details: http://scoutday.meadowswater.org/

*Note: The Meadows Center does not distribute official scout badges. Individuals must purchase those through Boy Scouts of America.
 

Cancellation Policy
We require five business days' notice if you would like to reschedule or cancel your reservation for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a future program date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your reserved program due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to retain your program credit for a future date.
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs, San Marcos TX 78666
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Spring Lake Education Office,
springlaketours@txstate.edu
512.245.7540
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
The Meadows Center's wetland is an ecological treasure in San Marcos! Learn about its importance for wildlife and water conservation. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at familyfun.meadowswater.org. Click here for more information
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$35 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 Guided Stand-Up Paddling Tours at Spring Lake 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, all with a trained and knowledgeable guide available to answer questions.

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 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 https://www.meadowscenter.txst.edu/education/eco-adventures.html. To schedule a private or group stand-up paddling tour, email springlaketours@txstate.edu.
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$35 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 Guided Stand-Up Paddling Tours at Spring Lake 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, all with a trained and knowledgeable guide available to answer questions.

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 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 https://www.meadowscenter.txst.edu/education/eco-adventures.html. To schedule a private or group stand-up paddling tour, email springlaketours@txstate.edu.
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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more about event

Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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more about event

Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666
Cost:
$45 for Adults; $40 for Military, Veterans, & Texas State students, faculty & staff
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
  • All related equipment and basic snorkeling skills refresher
  • Guided on water tour including Deep Hole, Cream of Wheat Springs, and the Ossified Forest 

All gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. 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 who would like to book the tour at a $5 discounted rate should reach out to the Spring Lake Tours Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu.


Participant Requirements:
Snorkel tours are limited to swimmers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to swim. 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:
We require five business days' notice if you want to reschedule or cancel your tour for a refund. If, for any reason, we must cancel the tour (bad weather, etc.), you will be allowed to reschedule for a new date or receive a full refund. Refunds will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. If you cannot attend your tour due to an extenuating circumstance, each case will be evaluated by Meadows Center staff for an opportunity to reschedule your tour.

Parking Information:
All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8 am through Friday at 5 pm 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.

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