The little red barn is recognized as a destination for school field trips, but was forced to close amid the pandemic. During this time, it underwent renovations with assistance from the Friends of San Marcos nonprofit.
The new complex has nine classrooms and will offer hands-on classes geared toward elementary-aged students that focus on plants and animals native to the area. The rooms are themed to cover topics like nocturnal animals, trails, conservation efforts, and local history.
The center is typically open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., but since it’s operated by volunteers, hours may change. You can find out more about volunteer opportunities in San Marcos here.