For Teachers


Our coastal environment offers a rich resource for teaching science concepts and skills. Field-based, experiential activities at Reserve sites help students develop knowledge and skills in the life, earth, and physical sciences. Professional development opportunities provide hands-on training to help teachers bring the estuary inside the classroom or lead their own outdoor education programs. 

Field Trips

K-12 Programs are offered at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas on an individual basis. Examples of these programs are Stations at the Beach, Jetty Walks, lab Experiences, and Birding. You can also take your students aboard the R/V Katy and experience a "floating classroom." For more information about reservations and rates please contact us at

Hands-on-Habitat programs are TEKS aligned K-12 field experiences that help students understand the ecological functions and value of salt marsh and sand dune habitats. These interactive, hands-on programs allow students to examine wildlife and plant specimens, use scientific instruments, learn how organisms are adapted to the targeted habitat, and understand the value of the habitat for wildlife and people. Hands-on-Habitat programs are offered at the Wetlands Education Center, on the campus of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, in Port Aransas. Contact Nicole Pringle at or 361-749-3153 for information or reservations.

Visit the Bay Education Center in Rockport, Texas, and see an awe-inspiring presentation of Science on a Sphere. Science on a Sphere programs can be tailored to fit your own K-12 lesson plans. Click here for more information. Your students may explore the interactive exhibits at the Bay Education Center during your visit to learn about the ecological and economic importance of our local estuary. Contact Kristin Evans at or 361-749-3152 for information or reservations.

Interested in visiting other field trip sites in the area? Click here to view the Teacher Resource Guide for Rockport-Fulton and Aransas County.

Mission-Aransas Reserve Teacher Resources

National Reserve System K-12 Teacher Resources
(Estuary-based high school and middle school science curricula are available at this site.)

Activities for the Bay Education Center

Reserve/UTMSI Educational Programs

Science On A Sphere for Teachers

Mission-Aransas Reserve Photos


Related Resources

Environmental Protection Agency’s Teacher Page

Instructional and Educational Materials from the Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources


Teacher Professional Development

Teacher professional development trainings are offered on a periodic basis or upon request. For more information please contact the Education Specialist Nicole Pringle at 

Students learn about fish in the pier lab at UTMSI. 

Students learn how to fly a drone for research in the summer science program. 

Students aboard the R/V Katy. 

Teachers get a tour of Fennessey Ranch and learn about freshwater wetlands and upland habitats.