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San Marcos Discovery Center

The San Marcos Discovery Center serves as an interpretive center for the Blanco and San Marcos rivers, parks, and associated trails and provides offices for Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Urban Forrester.
Specializing in native and adapted plant production and promotion, the Discovery Center hosts bi-annual plant sales and features certified wildlife habitat displays and demonstration garden beds to increase public education and awareness of native landscapes. Themed gardens include a certified monarch way station butterfly garden, cacti, grass, shade, spiral/seedball, vegetable, and herb gardens.
The Discovery Center offers exhibits, signage, maps to educate the public, family-friendly programs, workshops, events, and a pet fish drop off and adoption. Many volunteer opportunities are available, such as garden maintenance (Master Gardener/Naturalists approved credit hours), Friends of Trees, and HCP river activities.

To learn more about our programs and events, visit the Discovery Center Programs page

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