Find TCES visitor information including hours of operation, group tours, directions and parking on the Tahoe Environmental Research Center Website.

Docent Tours

Learn about Lake Tahoe ecosystems and green building design with a docent-led tour of the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences including the educational tour of the Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center and the North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden. The Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 1-5pm for free tours to the public. The center is open on Saturdays from 1-5pm during the summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day). To schedule a tour, please contact Jill Falman at 775.881-7566 or by email at jcfalman@ucdavis.edu.

  • The TCES is currently seeking docent volunteers. For more information, please contact Heather at hmsegale@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) houses the Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center (TJLFEC) in the main atrium area on the first floor. The Center will encompass between 800 and 2,500 square feet (including wall space on the surrounding travel paths). Additionally, there may be room in the lobby, multipurpose room, theater-style classroom and sunroom, as well as hanging space in the main atrium above the stairwell. Educational exhibits within the TJLFEC will be focused on a sixth grade audience, but will also provide something for all ages. Exhibits will provide information about why Lake Tahoe is unique and how science and research have been used, and continue to be used, to restore and protect Lake Tahoe for future generations.

Through the Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center, TERC will have a venue specifically designed for education and outreach to both school-age children and the general public. The facility will include a state-of-the-art 3-dimensional (3-D) visualization center and thematic displays on current understanding of the Tahoe basin, and the role of science-based management of the environment.

North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden

The mission of the North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden (NLTDG) is to develop an educational facility for basin area residents that will demonstrate: environmentally sensitive landscaping practices to reduce erosion and improve clarity of the lake; composting practices; defensible space techniques and water conservation practices.

Join the NLTDG for “Green Thumb Thursdays”

“Green Thumb Thursdays” are free gardening classes open to the public that run from June through August. Get hands-on experiences working side by side with master gardeners on our garden workdays. Bring work gloves and tools and we’ll bring refreshments and our seasoned experience with gardening in Tahoe. Please check the calendar of events for upcoming classes.