• Mother and daughter at Spring Lake Dia de los Ninos

Things to Do at the EDC

The Environmental Discovery Center is closed through Sept. 14 for the installation of fall/winter exhibits. Beginning Sept. 15, the Environmental Discovery Center will be open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.

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.   

Science Saturdays

Naturalists host “Science Saturday” experiments on the second Saturday of each month. These are tangible, fun science experiments that explore the world around us.

See the EDC's activities calendar for more information.

Visit the EDC

 Environmental Discovery Center


393 Violetti Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
38.454918, -122.648281

Located just inside the Violetti Road entrance to Spring Lake Regional Park

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


Wednesday – Friday
1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Field Trips
Weekday mornings by reservation
View field trip descriptions(PDF: 1.23 MB)