Episode 37: Spring Lake adventure with Miranda Wait
February 6, 2023
Texas State University’s Miranda Wait, deputy director of Spring Lake education for The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, joins the Big Ideas TXST podcast to discuss various projects and programs that can be found at Spring Lake.
One of the oldest sites in North America continuously inhabited by humans, Spring Lake is an environmentally sensitive natural space. Through much of the 20th century it was the site of Aquarena, one of the most popular theme parks in Texas. Today it is home to The Meadows Center, which inspires research, innovation and leadership that ensures clean, abundant water for the environment and all humanity.
One popular legacy of Aquarena are the glass bottom boats, which offer a stunning view of flora and fauna that abound in the crystal-clear depths of Spring Lake. An ongoing program is refurbishing these vintage boats with fiberglass hulls to improve their long-term durability and the recent construction of a floating dock ensures the safety of the boats during flooding events. Other initiatives on tap for the coming year include guided snorkeling and kayak tours.
Wait’s educational background is in biology with an emphasis in wildlife ecology. She has a passion for getting kids and adults outdoors and excited about nature. Currently, she is working on bringing a research component to The Meadows Center’s educational programming. Wait recently joined the Texas Informal Science Educators Association for a three-year term.
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Meadows Center constructing new glass-bottom boat dock at Spring Lake
Meadows Center and San Marcos Chamber hold ribbon cutting for restored glass-bottom boat #1963
Meadows Center reintroduces snorkel, kayak tours at Spring Lake