Splash Into Science Snorkel Program Launches At Spring Lake

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – Spring Lake is renowned for being one of the most biologically diverse aquatic ecosystems in the country. While many visitors view Spring Lake’s artesian springs and teeming aquatic life on a glass-bottom boat, one can now get a closer look by enrolling in a new Splash into Science Snorkel Program from The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.

“Splash into Science is an immersive snorkeling program that provides low-impact educational fun,” said Dr. Rob Dussler, Chief Education Officer. “This program aims to connect guests to the wonders of our local ecosystem and our relationship with the environment.”

    Source: The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Spring Lake, the headwaters of the San Marcos River, is an environmentally, culturally and archaeologically significant resource. It is home to spring-fed waters that remain a constant 72 degrees year-round, eight threatened or endangered species and one of the longest persistently inhabited sites in North America.

“With crystal-clear water and exceptional visibility, snorkeling in Spring Lake is a chance to see Texas water at its best,” Dussler said.

Through the 45-minute guided course, participants will learn about the unique history and habitat of Spring Lake. Participants can also expect to see a wide variety of fish, turtles and aquatic plants. All gear will be provided by The Meadows Center, including a 5mm wetsuit, goggles, snorkel, fins, life jacket and a dive light (evening class only). No outside gear will be allowed unless it is for prescription goggles.

“Spring Lake is a federally-declared critical habitat, and access is limited to approved outdoor educational and research related activity,” Dussler said. “We are very excited to offer a truly immersive educational experience that is in accord with the Habitat Conservation Plan and promotes the understanding and protection of the San Marcos Springs to a wider audience.”

Pre-registration is required for the Splash into Science Snorkel Program. Participants must be 12 years or older to register. To learn more or book a tour, visit http://Snorkel.MeadowsWater.org.

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University was named following a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation in August 2012. The Meadows Center inspires research, innovation and leadership that ensures clean, abundant water for the environment and all humanity.

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