Discovery Center

All City of San Marcos public facilities are closed through the end of February 2021 to help ensure that COVID-19 case counts remain low among City staff and within the overall community. The Grant Harris, Jr. Building (Parks and Recreation Office), Activity Center, and the Discovery Center are closed. City parks and green spaces will remain open to the public and patrons are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear a mask when around others not in their household.  For more information, check out the press release.

The City will continue to evaluate service levels and facility reopenings as the COVID-19 response continues and evolves. The status of all City events/openings is subject to change at any time. For more information visit the Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Info Page

Welcome to the San Marcos Discovery Center, a resource for the city's trails, parks, and river. We offer information on native flora and fauna found here in San Marcos, as well as conservation efforts that are in effect to enhance the San Marcos River and surrounding habitat. Stroll through Crook Park and enjoy our themed gardens, check out our workshop series offered each spring and fall, and don't miss our native plant sales to find native blooming trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials that can handle the Texas heat. Check out our programs and special events linked on the left. Admission is free.