*This program will begin again on March 12*
Turtle Tuesdays takes place every Tuesday from 10-11am. Participants can interact with, feed and create enrichment items for the turtles who call the Discovery Center home. Food and supplies are provided, and no registration is required for this free program.
February – Animal Tracks
March – Endangered Species
April – Seeds and Flowers
May – Nature Art
June – Insects
July - Birds
August - Bats
September - Pollinators
October – Birds of Prey
November – Autumn Leaves
December – Fossils
Wild Wednesdays will take place every Wednesday with a different wildlife theme each month. This free, kid-focused program includes education through natural history items, a self-guided activity, thematic color sheet, craft and more. No registration is required so drop by anytime during 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm for this come-and-go program.
The Great Backyard Bird Count
February 18, 2pm-3pm
Join Discovery Center staff as we go on a bird walk to support the Great Backyard Bird Count. Participants must be able to hike 3/4 mile. Shared kid’s binoculars will be provided. No experience is necessary. Open to ages 5 and older. Data gathered will be submitted and used to assess the status of birds across the globe. To register, visit our registration website.
February 19, 9am-10:30am
Join Discovery Center staff as we go on a bird walk along the trails of Crook Park/Wildlife Annex to support the Great Backyard Bird Count. Participants will also have the option of sitting among the Discovery Center Gardens. No experience is necessary. The walking group will cover a 3/4 mile route. We will have light refreshments after the count. Open to ages 12 and older, but please reach out to Niki Lake if you feel someone younger may be a good fit for this program. To register, visit our registration website.
The Great Backyard Bird count occurs annually each February for four days, and is a global community science effort to assess the status of bird populations. Over these four days, participants spend time in their favorite places watching and counting and reporting as many birds as they can find. These observations help scientists better understand global bird populations before one of the annual bird migrations. Can't make our program? Be a part of this exciting initiative on your own. Find out more on the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.
March 11, 10am-11:30am
Discover the natural wonders of Crook Park and the Wildlife Annex on this family-friendly guided hike for all ages. Participants must be able to walk 1 mile at a slow to moderate pace. Open to ages 7 and older. Meet at the San Marcos Discovery Center. To register, visit our registration website.
March 14, 1pm-3pm
Get "wildly" creative at the San Marcos Discovery Center using materials collected sustainably from nature. Activities for all ages; all materials provided. To register, visit our registration website.