Guests boarding the TERC research vessel

UC Davis Summer Session in Tahoe

Become a Lake Tahoe expert during the UC Davis Summer Sessions at Tahoe, from June 10 – 14 and learn all about Lake Tahoe and the latest research from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

This summer session is designed to provide everyone with an opportunity to become a Tahoe expert and learn about all the latest research from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. This 3- or 4-day summer session includes engaging discussions with local experts including:

  1. Cultural and environmental history of Lake Tahoe
  2. Geology of the Sierra Nevada and the formation of Lake Tahoe
  3. History of lake research with famous limnologist Dr. Charles Goldman
  4. The latest research happening at Lake Tahoe 
  5. And enjoy a trip out on the lake aboard the UC Davis research vessel

These sessions provide comprehensive environmental education for anyone wanting to learn more. This workshop also serves as training for the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center volunteer docent program. An additional docent-specific session is a refresher for current docents and provides new docents with all the instruction they will need.

This summer session is $250 for all participants seeking to become a Tahoe Expert. If you are planning to volunteer as a TERC docent, the entire charge will be refunded upon completion of 30 volunteer hours. Click here to learn more about our docent program.

For more information about the summer session, please contact Education Program Associate Sarah Harry ( or Education and Outreach Director Heather Segale ( You can also click here to learn more and see this year's agenda.

Register Here!

  • 2024 Summer Session at Tahoe Flyer 
  • 2024 Summer Session at Tahoe Agenda
    • Session 1 (June 10, 2024): Welcome and Introductions, Lake Ecology, Lake Tahoe Topics and Research Projects, and Lab tours
    • Session 2 (June 11, 2024): Lake Tahoe 101, Geology of the Lake Tahoe Basin, Everything Else You Wanted to Know About Lake Tahoe, and The History of Research at Lake Tahoe and Stories of Limnology with Dr. Charles Goldman
    • Session 3 (June 13, 2024): Research Vessel Excursions and presentation by UC Davis TERC Boat Captain
    • Session 4 (June 14, 2024), optional: Docent Program Overview, Tahoe Science Center Exhibits Overview, and Exhibits Rotations

Docent Program

Do you love Lake Tahoe? Join a group of individuals who are helping to provide the best in science education and foster stewardship throughout the Tahoe Basin. The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center coordinates a volunteer docent program to connect the talents of community volunteers to the needs and interests of visitors and students.
After completing your docent training program, you will be able to select subject areas and responsibilities. The range of activities available to docents is varied. Examples of opportunities include:

  • Assist visitors with hands-on science activities
  • Be available to explain the science center exhibits to visitors
  • Provide tours of the Tahoe Science Center, Incline Village
  • Provide tours of the Eriksson Education Center, Tahoe City
  • Provide green building tours of the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, Incline Village
  • Assist in outreach programs for schools and community events
  • Work in the Docent Office i.e. filing, typing, mailings, phone and e-mail correspondence

We currently attract thousands of visitors, locals, and tourists to the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center every year. Our volunteer docents help visitors have an entertaining, educational experience through which they will learn about Lake Tahoe and the environmental problems affecting it. Our program offers docents unlimited opportunities for enrichment, public outreach, and personal satisfaction.

For more information about our TERC Docent program visit: