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The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation in Carlsbad celebrated the reopening of its Discovery Center on Saturday, February 16. The center, which opened in 2006, was closed to the general public recently while interior improvements were completed on a new educational room that will feature exhibits and curriculum focusing on Native American culture.

Representatives of various bands from the Luiseño Nation were on hand to symbolize a new level of interaction with the lagoon foundation. Evidence has shown that, between 2000 and 3000 years ago, the Luiseños had a village on the lagoon.

After a blessing in the new room by tribal leader Chris Devers of the Pauma Band, speakers provided insight into the educational programs provided by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and the renewed commitment to collaborate with local Native American educators and stakeholders.

Overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon (which, translated, means “foul-smelling water”), a performance by Luiseño drummers highlighted the celebration under the leadership of Steve Mojado.

The Discovery Center is located at 1580 Cannon Road and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from noon until 4 p.m. on weekends.

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