• Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who made 2017's Science Expo a great success!

  • Come check out the fun and colorful Take Care interactive mural now at the Tahoe Science Center.

  • The Tahoe Science Center fosters a fun and education environment to encourage stewardship amongst all of our young visitors.

  • Young minds marvel at the different densities displayed by water at varying temperatures.

  • Visitors check out a timeline outlining the introduction of different aquatic species into Lake Tahoe.

  • The 2015 Children's Environmental Science day was partnered with the Tahoe City Commons Beach Concert Series.

  • Education and Outreach Director Heather Segale teaches visitors about plate tectonics using TERC's 3D Earthquake Viewer.

  • Visitors get the opportunity to explore the inside of a fish at TERC's Children's Environmental Science Day.

  • TERC's buoys on Lake Tahoe collect weather data from multiple locations on the water.

  • TERC docents Gary and Lynda tag team a tour to teach curious minds about the research UC Davis conducts at Lake Tahoe.

  • Students examine different organisms at the 2015 Science Expo.

  • Real brains are a cause of intrigue at the 2015 Science Expo.

  • Former TERC AmeriCorps member Diana Hitchen explains genetics.

  • Carley O'Connell a former TERC AmeriCorps member uses a computer simulation to explain the intricacies of a food web.

  • Make sure you understand why Lake Tahoe is so beautifully blue using the Tahoe Science Center's prism experiment.

The front entrance to the Tahoe Science Center and Incline Village Lab located in the Tahoe Center for Evironmental Sciences Building

Tahoe Science Center and Incline Village Lab

Tahoe Science Center

Dive into Lake Tahoe without getting wet! Explore the interactive exhibits, learn about the lake ecosystem, and why it's changing, and find out how you can keep Tahoe blue.

When you visit the Tahoe Science Center, you learn the latest findings from the world-class UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), a global leader in research, education, and public outreach on Lakes.

TOUR TIMES: Docent-guided tours available Tuesdays through Friday from 1-5 p.m. Between Memorial day through Labor Day, the Tahoe Science Center is also open on Saturdays also from 1-5 p.m. Tours begin on the hour, walk-in visitors welcome.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY: Recommended for kids ages 8 and older. 

LOCATION: 

291 Country Club Dr.
Incline Village, NV 89451

Located on the first floor of the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. For directions click here)

PARKING: There are five visitor parking spaces located in the Sierra Nevada College campus parking lot off Country Club Drive outside the Tahoe Center for Environmental Science (TCES) building. If no visitor parking spaces are available, you can obtain a parking permit from the docent at the front desk of the TCES building.

COST: Donations welcome, admission is free. 

There's something for everyone...

  • For families looking for fun and learning, there are interactive exhibits on the Tahoe Basin's important ecological challenges and an award winning 3D movie, "Lake Tahoe In Depth." (Also available in Spanish)
  • For school groups, there is kid-friendly science curriculum covering topics such as geology, ecology, and more.
  • For those interested in green homes and workplaces, there are working examples of sustainable design, construction, and landscaping in our LEED Platinum building.
  • For lifelong learners there is an evening lecture series, check out the events calendar for a list of upcoming events.

Tahoe Science Center Tahoe TV

Tahoe Science Center Tahoe TV

Exhibits in the Tahoe Science Center include:

Parking:

Please use the five visitor parking spaces located in the Sierra Nevada College campus parking lot off Country Club Drive outside the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building. If no visitor parking spaces are available, obtain a dated Visitor Parking Permit from the volunteer docent on duty and park in a UC Davis parking space.

Hours:

The UC Davis Tahoe Science Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 - 5 p.m. year round. Tours begin on the hour. Between Memorial day through Labor Day the Tahoe Science Center is additionally open on Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.

The Tahoe Science Center will closed for the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day Holiday (Monday, May 29, 2017)
  • Independence Day Holiday (Tuesday, July 4, 2017)
  • Labor Day Holiday (Monday, September 4, 2017)

Tour Information:

Walk-in visitors are welcome during regular open hours. Call (775) 881-7566 or email tercinfo@ucdavis.edu to schedule a large (10+) group tour.

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