UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
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Speciality Museums • Science Museums
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Reservations Required. The UC Davis Tahoe Science Center has science exhibits including a various hands-on activities, 3-D theater, research vessel, virtual laboratory, "Shaping Watersheds" Interactive Sandbox, and more. We have reopened but are now requiring advance reservations. Visit the Tahoe Science Center webpage to link to the ticketing site.
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Robert B
1 contribution
Oct 2021
The Research Center houses a wonderful small science museum showcasing the beauty and uniqueness of Lake Tahoe (it’s huge, very pure and very deep!), and the environmental challenges it faces. Interactive exhibits include a mock-up of one of their research vessels, a very cool augmented reality sandbox, a biology laboratory and an inspiring 3D film explaining how the lake was formed, its geology and history. All of this can be explored in an hour, and will definitely change your perspective when out enjoying the lake.
Written June 4, 2022
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2Alaska09
United States155 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
The name is not exciting - and the website is not exciting - but this is an exciting place for folks of all ages to visit. The center is dedicated to research on beautiful Lake Tahoe and does a wonderful job of explaining to both kids and adults the ecosystem of the lake and what can be done to keep the lake blue. Everything is free - parking, admission, and the hourly docent-led tour. The introductory movie aboard the mock boat explains the research efforts and the cool 3-D movie goes into more of the specifics. Our docents showed us both native and non-native fish and told us about the significance of each on the health of the lake. After your visit, be sure to take a stroll through the small Demonstration Garden on the campus.
Written July 14, 2019
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Cyril G
3 contributions
I travelled to the US from S. Africa and was told I really had to visit Lake Tahoe. It was beautiful but I could find out little about it's issues and what is being done till I came here. Bravo University of Davis! This is a must see center for any tourist. They have 3D movies and really knowledgable docents. I spent almost an hour there and would like to have spent longer
Written July 29, 2012
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HillsCA
California168 contributions
Sep 2017
Tahoe Science Center
Fantastic one-hour visit.
We stumbled upon this “attraction” while looking up Incline Villige in the AAA book. Located on the Sierra Nevada College Campus, a joint effort with UC Davis. We walked in the door and 2 volunteer ladies enthusiastically greeted us and proceeded to spend 40 min explaining Lake Tahoe, is geology, and the research on is water quality. We learned about volcanos, the Tahoe watershed, the impact of development, the zooplankton, the fish stock, and pollution. The 15 min 3D movie was excellent. My wife, who originally did not want to go as “I am not into science”, ended up enjoying the visit thoroughly. And admission was free!
Written September 16, 2017
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OldGuyfromBay
Menlo Park, CA84 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
A rainstorm rolled in during our Lake Tahoe visit so we needed an indoor activity. We decided to try this small museum and we were pleasantly surprised. It's located in a nice new building at Sierra Nevada College. We arrived just as one of the docent-led talks started. The talk was very informative and kept everyone's attention including some small children who were in the audience. Check their web site for days and hours when they are open. Seems like just about anyone would enjoy this, and would learn about efforts to keep Lake Tahoe blue.
Written September 10, 2017
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BONNIE T
Pittsford, NY177 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
A hidden gem for anyone visiting Lake Tahoe and wanting to learn more about the lake, the watershed and the science of its environment. Hidden because the center is advertised as the UC Davis Tahoe Research Center, the Tahoe Science Center and the Incline Village Lab- but is located on the campus of Sierra Nevada College, Nevada.
We basically had a 45 minute private tour of the research boat and the virtual lab followed by a 3D movie. The tour was geared to the non-scientist; very informative.
Written June 2, 2017
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Brad R
1 contribution
Apr 2017 • Couples
A great way to learn the history of Lake Tahoe along with current and future challenges to its beauty and sustainability. We had a private tour and the staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who has an interest in Lake Tahoe.
Written April 30, 2017
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cold1za
Bear Valley Springs, CA218 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
We spent some time here learning about the lake, and what everyone can do to preserve and protect its beauty and clarity. The tour takes a little over an hour and the docent that gave the tour was very informative. UC Davis has had a research center on the lake for a long time monitoring all aspects of the lake. Take some time and visit. Located on the Nevada College campus off Country Club Dr.
Written April 13, 2017
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SFBayTraveler07
Lake Tahoe (Nevada), NV20 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
A great learning experience. Hands on activities for everyone that help you understand how water moves through the mountains. Great for understanding how the Lake Tahoe ecosystem works, how the lake was formed, and how it is managed. Very helpful staff.
Written March 13, 2017
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Thank you for taking the time to give us a Trip Advisor review. Our marketing dollars are very limited (we are a non-profit) and so every review helps us get the word out. I am so glad you had a good experience. Thank you again, Heather Segale, UC Davis TERC, tercinfo@ucdavis.edu
Written March 15, 2017
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Tom O
San Diego, CA272 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
When you ever visit Lake Tahoe, have you ever wondered how it got there? Also, why is so clear and blue and what is being done to protect the lake? to learn these answers and more, you must visit the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village and take a Docent tour. They are open 1-5 PM, Tuesdays through Friday and what you can learn is really fascinating. It includes three short videos and a very well done 3D movie about Lake Tahoe. You will learn about what is being done to preserve the clarity of the lake, the cleanliness of the water and even how it was formed. It is a fascinating story and everyone who visits lake Tahoe, should visit this facility. For example, there is an influx of foreign life that has infiltrated the lake causing a dilemma with native species so you will learn what is being done to discourage this influx of non native fish, plants and other living species. There are also things for kids to play with so they won't get bored.
Written February 7, 2017
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Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center. I really hope that you enjoyed your visit and please tell everyone that you know to come check it out! (We have a very limited marketing budget and count on word of mouth.) Thanks again, Heather Segale
Written February 9, 2017
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UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (Incline Village) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center is open:
  • Tue - Fri 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM