• Mother and daughter at Spring Lake Dia de los Ninos

Things to Do at the EDC

The Environmental Discovery Center is closed until further notice during the pandemic.

The Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake is staffed by naturalists happy to answer questions and help you enjoy your visit. Admission is free.

Exhibits and Sea Stars

The EDC features three rotating exhibits – Habitat & Home, Down the Drain and Fun in the Sun. All three focus on environmental stewardship and invite children to touch, climb, and play while they learn. Exhibits are designed by professional educators and reinforce California's life sciences content standards.

The EDC also features a tide pool with live, touchable sea stars as well as displays of live fish, turtles, and snakes, and taxidermied wildlife.   

Family Hikes

Naturalists lead family hikes into the park at 1 and 3 p.m. on the third Saturday in September and from November through May. Families learn about the park’s ecosystems on these outings and return to the EDC for a nature-inspired craft project.

Science Saturdays

Naturalists host “Science Saturday” experiments at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. These are tangible, fun science experiments that explore the world around us.

See the Discovery Center calendar for more information

Visit the EDC

 Environmental Discovery Center

The Environmental Discovery Center is closed until further notice.


393 Violetti Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
38.454918, -122.648281

Located just inside the entrance to Spring Lake Regional Park

Parking: $7 per vehicle or free for Regional Parks members

Hours - The Environmental Discovery Center is closed until further notice.

Wednesday – Sunday
Noon – 5 PM

Admission: Free

Field Trips
Weekday mornings by reservation
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