Community Education

The Mission-Aransas Reserve Education program strives to enhance environmental literacy within the local community by offering facilities and programs that encourage exploration and discovery.

There is something waiting for everyone to discover at the Mission-Aransas Reserve. Please join us for one of the many community events and summer programs hosted at the Reserve. While in Port Aransas take a guided tour of the Wetlands Education Center, take a journey through the Estuary Explorium, view the diversity of local marine life in our Visitor Center, or learn more at our winter Public Lecture Series and Film and Discussion series. In Rockport, experience Science on a Sphere or explore the estuary through interactive exhibits and outdoor activities at the Bay Education Center. Click here for directions: Map.

                Inside the Estuary Explorium.

Adult Programs


The University of Texas Marine Science Institute hosts Road Scholar programs that are educational/travel adventures for adults over 55 (or accompanied by an adult over 55) who are looking for something different. These short term academic programs are typically 6 days and 5 nights, although some may be shorter or longer. Subject matter ranges from coastal ecology and birding to coastal and south Texas history. All programs are field based and designed for active Road Scholars. 


Young scientists explore local plants and animals through the Reserve's educational programs.


Science on a Sphere offers visitors the opportunity to see satellite and computer generated images on a giant animated globe. 


All ages can get involved learning about the life within an estuary.


Birders visiting the King Ranch on a Road Scholar Trip. Photo credit J. Williams.