Education Center

UC Davis Tahoe Science Center's Public Education Programs

Through our education and outreach programs, the goal is to provide science-based information about the Lake Tahoe region in order to foster responsible action and stewardship.

We provide engaging exhibits, interactive hands-on education activities, and conduct effective outreach to draw student groups, residents, and visitors to our facilities. Our education programs inspire an interest in environmental science, stimulate curiosity, and motivate active conservation and preservation of freshwater resources.

Education and Outreach Programs

Public Programs

Tahoe Science Center and Green Building Tours

Tahoe Science Center and Green Building Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday from 1 - 5 p.m. year-round; and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. during peak summer months (Memorial Day through Labor Day). Green Building tours are by appointment only. We are closed on observed holidays.

Monthly Lecture Series

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) Monthly lecture Series provides a forum for community members to hear from scientific experts in topics related to their field. Speakers include authorities on various environmental issues, scientific research, regional topics, and topics of general interest.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science is a stewardship program that monitors water quality and plant phenology at the Tahoe City Field Station on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during peak summer months (Memorial Day through Labor Day).

K-12 Programs

Student Field Trips to Education Center

UC Davis provides fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students with an opportunity to learn about Science at Lake Tahoe with the following thematic programs: Water on Earth, Ecology, Tahoe Food Web, Landforms, Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics, and Lakes of the World. Activities are coordinated with state science curriculum.

Youth Science Institute (Now accepting applications)

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) offers a 15-week (January through May) afterschool program for high school students. 

Trout in the Classroom

Selected classrooms participate in the Trout in the Classroom program each year. Along with partner organizations, UC Davis provides training and support for teachers participating. 

Science Expo

The annual Science Expo event is designed to increase student excitement and interest in science through interactive, hands-on activities, games, and demonstrations. Science Expo is hosted by UC Davis TERC and Tahoe Expedition Academy, with support from the Rotary Club in the Tahoe-Truckee area. Science Expo includes five days of hands-on science activities for third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students from the greater Lake Tahoe and Truckee Region and an evening public event for families.

Teacher Programs

Workshops for Educators

Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD Workshops are held each year for teachers and informal educators in the region. Hosted in collaboration with other partners such as the US Forest Service and Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships.

Summer "Tahoe Teacher Institute"

We partner with various school districts to host a summer Tahoe Teacher Institute focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Volunteer Docent Program

Docent Training Programs (June)

The volunteer docent training program is currently offered once a year in the spring. The training program consists of three sessions. Docents can also join the program by meeting with our staff, reading the Docent Manual, and shadowing tours until they are comfortable hosting tours.

Special Events

Children's Environmental Science Day (August)

Children's Environmental Science Day is a free community event held annually on the second Saturday of August for children (ages 6 and up) and their families. The event includes hands-on science activities designed to create an awareness of the unique ecology of Lake Tahoe and provide an opportunity for young and old alike to learn about environmental and Earth science. The event is hosted by UC Davis Scientists, staff, and local agencies and organizations of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Join us for science activities, games, crafts, and demonstrations. Come learn with your child!

Science Expo (March)

The annual Science Expo event is designed to increase student excitement and interest in science thought interactive, hands-on activities, games, and demonstrations. Science Expo is hosted by UC Davis TERC and Tahoe Expedition Academy, with Support from the Rotary Club in Tahoe-Incline. Science Expo includes five days of hands-on science activities for third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students from the greater Lake Tahoe and Truckee Region and an evening public event for families.