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Elementary - Middle School Tours

To reserve a tour time please fill out the Tour Reservation Form.

All tours require a two-week advanced reservation, a deposit, and 72 hours notice of cancellation. Tour dates are not guaranteed until your confirmation notice from the Spring Lake Education Office has been processed. The listed group rates apply to any group of 15 people or more. Prices are subject to change without notice. Listed prices are for school groups, all other groups please visit our Private Group Tours Page. We can customize a tour for your group. Please see our activity options below:

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    • Price: Students $4.50, Adults $6 (1 free adult per 15 students)
    • Length: 30 minutes

    As students glide across Spring Lake in Glass Bottom Boats, they have a rare opportunity to see underwater life from a different perspective. View over 1,000 springs that bubble up 150 million gallons a day of clear water from the Edwards Aquifer to form Spring Lake, the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Declared a Critical Habitat by the Federal Government in 1980, Spring Lake is the home of five endangered species. 

    • Price:
      • Off Season (Sep 1 – Feb 28)
        Students $6, Adults $7 (1 free adult per 15 students)
      • Peak Season (Mar 1 – Aug 31)
        Students $6.50, Adults $7.50 (1 free adult per 15 students)
    • Length: 1.5 hours

    For schools in a time crunch this hour and a half long fully guided tour includes a Glass Bottom Boat Ride plus one hour of other guided activities.

    • Price: 
      • Off Season (Sep 1 – Feb 28)
        Students $6.50, Adults $7.50 (1 free adult per 15 students)
      • Peak Season (Mar 1 – Aug 31)
        Students $7, Adults $8 (1 free adult per 15 students)
      • Add $0.50 per additional half hour for an extended tour
    • Length: 2 hours

    This fully guided tour includes a 30-minute Glass Bottom Boat ride plus 1.5 hours of other tour guide lead activities.

    • Appropriate for 6th through 12th
    • Offered Year Round
    • Off Season (Sep 1 – Feb 28)
      Students $6.50, Adults $7.50 (1 free adult per 15 students)
    • Peak Season (Mar 1 – Aug 31)
      Students $7, Adults $8 (1 free adult per 15 students)
    • Length: 2 hours

    Students will participate in a Nature Orienteering Scavenger Hunt while hiking on the beautiful Spring Lake Preserve adjacent to The Meadows Center. Students will use compasses and an iPad to navigate while identifying plants in the area. Also includes a glass-bottom boat ride. This program can accommodate groups of 15-40 students. Sorry, program is not suitable for larger groups.

    Pick your areas of study:

    • Historic Settlement of the Springs 
    • Study of Cultures through Artifacts
    • Native American Culture
    • Plant and Animal Communities of San Marcos Springs Ecosystem
    • Food Webs and Food Chains of San Marcos Springs Ecosystem
    • Water Renewal and Habitat Requirement
    • Endangered Aquatic Species of the San Marcos Springs
    • Critical Habitat Preservation and Conservation
    • Importance of Biodiversity and Exotic Species 
    • Aquatic Life of the Springs 
    • The Edwards Aquifer 
    • The Water Cycle and Groundwater
    • The Importance of Water

    This program may be modified and time can be increased for $0.50 per additional half hour.

Some teachers prefer to pick specific activities rather than just the theme of the tour. Please choose from the following tour options in order to make up your total tour time and email back your choices a minimum of 1 week before your tour.

Can’t decide? Tell us a little bit about your group and the amount of time you would like to spend here and we’ll pick the activities for you!

Choose from TEKS curriculum guide: Activity Options