Calendar Of Events

Upcoming Events

Fishy Behavior

Saturday April 29th, 2017 at 10am 

Graduate student Alexis Khursigara will be teaching us about her current study that focuses on the behavior of fishes! You will have the opportunity to be a scientist for the morning as we get hands on and involved with her studies. Participants of all ages are welcome to join us!

We will meet at 10am in the Auditorium at The Marine Science Education Center (855 E. cotter Ave. Port Aransas). Please RSVP to Nicole Pringle at


Women In Marine Science Day!

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) and Mission-Aransas Reserve are hosting its third Women In Marine Science Day on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Institute (855 East Cotter Avenue, Port Aransas, Texas 78373). The purpose of the event is to introduce girls in the 6-8th grade to marine science. The event will feature hands-on activities taught by women researchers at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Girls can use their inquisitive skills to understand how fish or seaweed move underwater. They can also try their hand at laboratory experiments, such as those to determine how plankton responds to oil. These are just a few examples of the activities planned for the day. This event will spark enthusiasm for marine science and teach how science can be fun, enlightening and maybe even a little messy.

A commemorative iron-on patch will be provided at event's closing ceremony. 

For more information contact Amanda Taylor at 361-749-3156 or e-mail

The cost for the event is $5. Preregistration is required. You can REGISTER HERE or go to

Click “The Marine Science Institute Online Store” then “UTMSI Conferences”


Crusty Critters-Crustaceans in the Estuary

Saturday January 14th, 2017 at 10am 

Join us at 10am on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute for “Crusty Critters-Crustaceans in the Estuary.”Crustaceans, such as blue crabs, hermit crabs, fiddler crabs and shrimps, are “crusty” because they wear their skeletons on the outside. We will learn about these important animals and discuss why they are so valuable to estuaries and humans alike. Participants of all ages will observe, interact and get hands on with these crusty critters to better understand their critical role in the estuaries.


We will meet at 10am in the Auditorium at The Marine Science Education Center. Please RSVP to Nicole Pringle at


SEAsonal craft Program for everyone – Trash2Treasure

December 17th, 2016

Most of us are familiar with the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. It’s time to put the 4th R into action - recreate! Learn about the problem of marine debris as you recreate “greener” holiday treasures from items that would be otherwise recycled or simply thrown away. The goal is to learn while having fun, because together we can make a difference. Join us for some SEAsonal crafts for all ages!

We will be turning our trash into treasure on Saturday December 17th, from 10am to 12pm. Please meet us at the Marine Science Education Center. For more information please contact Nicole Pringle at or call 361-749-3153.

Reoccurring Programs

Wetlands Education Center Guided Tours - Tuesday and Thursday at 10am

Did you ever want to visit and learn about a marsh without getting your feet wet?  The Wetlands Education Center (WEC) is an ADA compliant a 3.6 acre salt marsh and sand dune complex located on the campus of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), it has been established to help visitors learn about the ecological and economic importance of coastal wetlands. Come during a free guided tour and you will learn about the special plants and animals of our local wetlands. Participants meet at the University of Texas Marine Science Education Center (855 East Cotter Ave., Port Aransas, Texas 78373). Groups over ten visitors that would like a guided tour of the Wetlands Education Center should set up a private tour with Nicole Pringle at 361-749-3153.

Film and Discussion Series - Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4pm

Enhance your environmental literacy through film. Films range in time from 15-60 minutes followed by a group discussion. The program is facilitated at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Marine Science Education Center Auditorium, 855 East Cotter Ave., Port Aransas, Texas 78373.

This program will be offered from October 27th - March 9th, every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 - 4 p.m. in the UTMSI Auditorium. No movies during holiday breaks (Nov 24, Dec 22-29). The movie schedule with titles can be viewed HERE. Please contact Nicole Pringle at 361-749-3153 or email if you have any questions.

Winter Walking Tours - Friday at 3pm

Come explore The Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture on a free docent led nature walk. This Preserve has over two miles of hike and bike trails (crushed granite and boardwalk) and encompasses 1,217 acres of land. Join us as we enjoy the serene habitats of salt marsh and algal flats. You’ll be serenaded by herons, egrets and the whisper of salt cord grass. Judy Perkins will meet you at Phase I pavilion, end of Port street (past the ferry landing). Tours this season run November 11, 2016 - March 24, 2017. For more information please contact Nicole Pringle at 361-749-3153 or email