Public Education Programs

TERC Education Programs

Through our education and outreach programs, the goal is to provide science-based information about the Lake Tahoe region in order to foster responsible action and stewardship.

We provide engaging exhibits, interactive hands-on education activities, and conduct effective outreach to draw student groups, residents, and visitors to our facilities. Our education programs inspire an interest in environmental science, stimulate curiosity, and motivate active conservation and preservation of freshwater resources.

Education and Outreach Programs

Public Programs

Tahoe Science Center 

Tahoe Science Center and Green Building Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday from 1 - 5 p.m. year-round; and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. during peak summer months (Memorial Day through Labor Day). Green Building tours are by appointment only. We are closed on observed holidays.

Monthly Lecture Series

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) Monthly lecture Series provides a forum for community members to hear from scientific experts. Speakers include authorities on various environmental issues, scientific research, regional subjects, and topics of general interest.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science is a stewardship program aimed at monitoring water quality, algae growth, litter, and more. This is something anyone can do at any beach in Tahoe. Just use the free Citizen Science Tahoe app ( it's a web app, so no downloads required!

Garden Workshops

UC Davis TERC partners with Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners, the Truckee Community Garden, and the North Tahoe Demonstration Garden to bring family-friendly garden workshops that will encourage people to build beautiful and sustainable gardens that enhance the environment and foster an interest in citizen science. 

K-12 Programs

Student Field Trips

UC Davis provides students with an opportunity to learn about science at Lake Tahoe with the following thematic programs: Water on Earth, Ecology, Tahoe Food Web, Landforms, Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics, and Lakes of the World. Activities align with state science curriculum.

Youth Science Institute 

UC Davis TERC offers a 15-week (January through May) afterschool program for high school students. 

Trout in the Classroom

Selected classrooms participate in the Trout in the Classroom program each year. Along with partner organizations, UC Davis provides training and support for participating teachers. 

Science Expo

The annual Science Expo event is designed to increase student excitement and interest in science through interactive, hands-on activities, games, and demonstrations. Science Expo is hosted by UC Davis TERC, with support from the Rotary Club. Science Expo includes five days of hands-on science activities in North Lake Tahoe and four days in South Lake Tahoe for third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students from the greater Lake Tahoe and Truckee Region. There is also a evening public event for all families and lovers of science at both locations.

Teacher Programs

Workshops for Educators

Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD Workshops are held each year for teachers and informal educators in the region. Hosted in collaboration with other partners such as the US Forest Service and Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships.

Summer "Tahoe Teacher Institute"

We partner with various school districts to host a summer Tahoe Teacher Institute focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Volunteer Docent Program

Docent Training Programs (June)

The volunteer docent training program is currently offered once a year in the spring. The training program consists of three to four sessions. Docents can also join the program by meeting with our staff, reading the Docent Manual, and shadowing tours until they are comfortable hosting tours.