Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

What's to Discover?

Scarlet Tanager

Birds of Agua Hedionda Lagoon

Photographic exhibition. This beautiful display of local wildlife photos features over 20 different species of birds that were photographed at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Some are year-round residents while others visit the Lagoon to eat and rest while on their annual migratory journey. In addition, we also have bird nest replicas from over 6 types of birds!

History Hall

Learn all about the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and the Discovery Center dating back to 5000 BC.

The Column of Life

Explore the ecology of the lagoon through visual, verbal and physical descriptions. Thanks to the North County Board Association's efforts, the column provides a clear representation of the how the lagoon function layer by layer. This exhibit demonstrates the importance of wetlands to many animal species and how our daily action can harm or help the lagoon. Ever wondered what lives in the bottom of the lagoon? Come visit the Column of Life to find out.

Ant Farm

Thanks to design and building from volunteers at North Coast Community Church, our ant farm may be better described as an ant kingdom at around 3 feet tall and over 3 feet wide. Visit the Discovery Center to watch the ants in their tireless pursuit of intricate tunnel building

Reptile Room

Interact with, learn and observe the many non-native and native critters who call the Discovery Center home.

DC Aquariums

Featuring a touch tank and three salt water aquariums; these tanks exhibit species native to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

Red Buckwheat

Native Plant Garden

Visitors always enjoy browsing through our extensive California Native Plant Garden and accompanying colorful and informative interpretive signage. In partnership with Greg Rubin, owner of California's Own Native Landscape Design, the AHLF is proud to host the premiere native plant garden in North San Diego County.

Our landscape is comprised of more than 800 native plants featuring over 60 different species. We have extensive interpretive signage in both the front and rear portions of the Center's grounds. Visitors are welcome to roam through the grounds and learn about the ecology and ethnobotany of California's native flora.

Luiseno History and Cultural Exhibit

On April 22, 2006 (Earth Day) our first major exhibit was open to the public. This exhibit, entitled the Luiseno History and Cultural Exhibit, is the result of a collaborative effort between CSU-San Marcos and the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseno Indians. The exhibit includes photographs and displays featuring various aspects of the Luiseno culture, with an emphasis on the critical role that native plants played in the Native American lifestyle.