Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Discovery Center Facilities

Discovery Center

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AHLF Discovery Center Patio

AHLF Discovery Center

The AHLF Discovery Center overlooks the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, a 400-acre estuary and wetland situated in Carlsbad, California. The Discovery Center is a 3,800 square foot building that features both indoor and outdoor facilities that may be rented as a whole or a la carte.

The Discovery Center has hosted a wide variety of events, including lectures, business meetings, anniversaries, birthday parties, gala dinners, book signings, yoga classes, and more.

Caffe Vacanza Ribbon Cutting


"This intersection in Carlsbad is at the tip of the spear, the very vanguard of technology for clean water, drinking water, emission free energy and environmental stewardship, for not just Carlsbad but for our state and our nation." – Peder Norby, April 7, 2014

An 8.9 kW solar system installed above Caffe Vacanza and on the roof above the Rancho Room provides the Discovery Center with 45% of its electric needs!

The gutters and downspout connected to the roof of the Rancho Room collects rain water and spreads it across the patio pavers. Rain water seeps into the soil, sustaining the garden and helping protect the quality of Agua Hedionda lagoon.

Gardens and Patios

Wedding Setup

All rooms in the Discovery Center open to patios and gardens. The patios weave around the building, creating cozy gathering spaces amongst +750 native plants.

The main patio is a favorite setting to Wine, Dine, and Dance! The panoramic ocean and lagoon views make a gorgeous backdrop. The patio consists of approximately 220 square feet (dimensions: 18.5 feet by 12 feet) of open space along the west side of the Discovery Center. Couples enjoy exchanging their vows under the gazebo and then celebrating with their intimate friends.


Special Features: The gardens feature art, murals, informational placards, and more. Have a sharp eye? When you're wandering the gardens, look for all of our amazing Eagle Scout projects!

Rotunda Room and Chandelabra

Rotunda Room

The Rotunda Room, located in the heart of the Discovery Center, is a magnificent 624 square foot space (dimensions: 26 feet by 24 feet). This airy room features wood beam cathedral ceilings, a candelabra chandelier, and two sets of double doors that open to the back patio and native gardens. The western doorway frames the lagoon at her most spectacular time of day – sunset!

The overall room color scheme consists of white and beige, allowing for both dressed up or dressed down décor. Perfect for any occasion.

Special Features: Touch tank. Fish tanks. Reptile enclosures. Educational Displays.

Rancho Room Fireplace

Rancho Room

The Rancho Room is a perfect nook for intimate gatherings! This cozy 228 square foot space (dimensions: 12 feet by 19 feet) is located adjacent to the Rotunda Room. It is decorated in ranchero style and features a gas fireplace and rustic furnishings. The western doorway opens to the patio and walking paths. Follow the footbridge to the Gathering Circle, a meditative space surrounded by deer grass and murals.

Lagoon Fact! Deer grass is one of the materials used by the Luiseño Indians to weave baskets.

Special Features: A Flat Screen television is also available for rent.

Native American Room and Conference Space

Native American Room

The Native American Room is a 338 square foot open space (dimensions: 22.5 feet by 15 feet). This room is one of the main classrooms used for the AHLF Kid's Club and education programs. The room features three sets of glass double doors, which open to the back/front patios and parking lot and main building. The Native American Room is decorated in white and beige and is carpeted. This room has been used for business meetings, conferences, and seminars!

Native American Room and Conference Space
Native American Room and Conference Space

Special Features: A projector and screen is also available for rent.

AHLF Kitchen

AHLF Kitchen

The Discovery Center has a small but fully functional kitchen. Appliances available in the kitchen include a glass-top four-burner stove, oven, microwave, dish washer, refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker, and stainless steel double sink with a U-shaped faucet.

The kitchen features a glass door that opens onto the main patio and has been used as a food preparation and staging area for events.