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until Dec. 22
Location:
Spring Lake Hall: 201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos Texas 78666
Cost:
$14/person; children 3 and under are free
Contact:
Miranda Wait, Deputy Director of Spring Lake Operations
mw1220@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Enjoy the lights and sounds of the season on a holiday-themed glass-bottom boat tour at Spring Lake! Complimentary cookies and hot beverages will be provided. Get into the holiday spirit as you view the amazing light display at Spring Lake!

Tours will run November 16 through December 22, rain or shine. We encourage you to bring a blanket as the weather gets cooler. Pre-registration is required, and check-in will be at 4:45pm. Tickets are $14/person; children 3 and under are free.

'Tis the season at the Meadows Center!
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos, TX
Cost:
Tickets are $8/person; children 2 and under are free.
Contact:
Meagan Lobban, Education Manager
ml1233@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
What is the dirt on soil and, why is it so important! It is always underneath our feet but the issues around it always take a back seat. Join us to learn why we need soil to thrive.

The Spring Lake Outdoor Academy series are designed for students K-12th to get outside and experience nature firsthand. Classes take place once a month. Interested parties can register for individual classes or all in the series. Pre-registration is required. Tickets are $8/person; children 2 and under are free. 

Check-in begins at 9:45am at The Meadows Center ticket kiosk. The event will include:
  • A guided glass-bottom boat ride
  • Interactive activities that teach students the interconnections between all living things and water

Visitors' vehicles are required to display a permit in The Meadows Center parking lot. One-day temporary permits are available for $3 at the kiosk located near the ticket booth.
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Location:
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos TX
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Meagan Lobban
(512) 245-7560
ml1233@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Get into the winter spirit with nature themed crafts and activities that are fun for all ages! The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at familyfun.meadowswater.org. Click here for more information
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until Feb. 01
Cost:
Course fee of $230 per student, **Current Texas State students, faculty and staff receive a 50% discount on the course fee, making the total fee $115. ***Veterans and Dive Instructors receive a 25% discount on the course fee, making the total fee $172.50
Contact:
Caleb Henderson
Spring Lake Diving Coordinator
divecoordinator@txstate.edu
512.245.7541.
Campus Sponsor:
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
The Spring Lake Management Plan requires that anyone diving in Spring Lake must first take the Spring Lake Dive Authorization course (DAC). This requirement is in place to ensure that all divers entering Spring Lake are knowledgeable of the rules and regulations that apply here.

Scuba diving in Spring Lake, for any reason, is complicated by the delicate nature of the environment. Declared a "Critical Habitat" in 1980, Spring Lake is home to eight federally listed species and is governed by the rules and regulations of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. In addition, Spring Lake is registered as an Archaeological site governed by the rules of the state of Texas Antiquities Law. Consequently there is no recreational diving in Spring Lake.

Course Description
Course Duration: One day beginning at 9 a.m., plus the time necessary to complete take home modules and assessments (approx. four hours).

The Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course is divided into four take-home academic modules and assessment quizzes that are to be completed by each student prior to the beginning of the class.

Students will meet for one full day at Spring Lake where the assessment quizzes will be reviewed, diving skills will be assessed, a tour of the springs will be given and common volunteer tasks will be demonstrated.

This course is PASS/FAIL. Students must score at least 70% on each of the assessment quizzes and demonstrate that they are competent divers (good buoyancy control and situational awareness) in order to pass.

Requirements for taking the Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course:
Show proof of a Full Open Water SCUBA Certification through a major Dive Training Agency (at this time Junior Open Water and Junior Advanced Certifications are not being accepted);

Show proof of a minimum of 20 logged dives beyond their training dives;

Students must provide all of their own equipment, including tanks and weights.

Pay the Course fee of $230 per student*, **, ***

Students must complete and turn in all required paperwork.

*If fees for the course are to be paid through an organization, the Department, the Lead Supervisor, or the Responsible Organization should make Requests.

**Current Texas State students, faculty and staff receive a 50% discount on the course fee, making the total fee $115.

***Veterans and Dive Instructors receive a 25% discount on the course fee, making the total fee $172.50.
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