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Halloween Hands on Habitat! Saturday, October 29th at 10am

Halloween Hands on Habitat! Saturday, October 29th at 10am

October 29, 2016

The Hands on Habitat program is an interactive, hands on experience that takes place around the Wetlands Education Center, at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Visitors will gain knowledge about Estuaries, those valuable areas where rivers meet the sea. You will have the opportunity to learn about the coastal environments, and all that inhabits there, through touching, smelling, observing and listening. This Hands on Habitat experience will also celebrate Halloween, so come and join us for a spook-tastic experience!

Participation is limited to the first 24

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Film and Discussion Series begins Thursday, October 27th at 3pm

Film and Discussion Series begins Thursday, October 27th at 3pm

October 27, 2016

Join us in the auditorium at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm.  Enhance your environmental literacy through film. Films range in time from 15-58 minutes followed by a group discussion. Programs are open to the public, and are free of charge. We look forward to seeing you then.

Follow the link for the schedule of films: https://utmsi.utexas.edu/2013-05-15-16-05-02/

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Mission-Aransas Reserve's 10th Anniversary and National Estuaries Day!

Mission-Aransas Reserve's 10th Anniversary and National Estuaries Day!

September 24, 2016

Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and educational speakers on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  Want to help keep our local estuary healthy and clean?  Join us for our jetty and beach clean up!

Schedule of Events:

12:00 pm – 3:30 pm     Hands-on Programs and Educational Speakers

3:30 pm  -  4:00 pm     Cake Cutting

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm     MSI Jetty Clean Up 

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Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup - Community Program

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup - Community Program

September 17, 2016

Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. Trash in the water and on the shore can kill marine animals, injure swimmers and beachgoers! Would you like to get involved and make a difference?

The 2016 Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday September 17th. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) and The Mission Aransas Reserve have planned our own Jetty clean up to join the global event, and we need your help! We will meet at 10am in The Marine Science Education Center (

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Summer Education Programs at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Summer Education Programs at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

June 18, 2016

The Mission Aransas Reserve at The University Of Texas Marine Science Institute is pleased to offer science education programs this summer. We look forward to learning about marine science with YOU, and sharing OUR passion for this coastal environment and inhabitants. Please see the attached flyer for details about our upcoming programs.

For more information contact Education Specialist Nicole Pringle at npringle@austin.utexas.edu or call 361-749-3153

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Film and Discovery Series Starting June 8th at 3pm

Film and Discovery Series Starting June 8th at 3pm

June 8, 2016

Join The University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s NEW and FREE summer program, for visitors aged six and older. We will show short marine science related films and follow up with an engaging hands-on activity. Please note that the run time is for the film only. The activity will follow the film and last approximately 30 minutes. We can accommodate a large group for the film; however, we are limited to 24 participants for the activity. Please contact Nicole Pringle at npringle@austin.utexas.edu or call 361-749-3153 to secure your place

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2016 World Ocean's Day

2016 World Ocean's Day

June 8, 2016

Come and celebrate World Ocean’s Day at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. This year the global celebration focuses on “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”. We will be showing “Bag it” directed by Susan Beraza and conducted by Jeb Berrier. “Bag it” dives into what plastic is and how it affects our beautiful ocean in an energetic way. This program is FREE and includes a craft activity, printing marine life on totes that participants can keep and re-use. You can be inspired to be a steward of the future, and collaboratively we can protect

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Birding 101 for Kids - Starting on June 6th

Birding 101 for Kids - Starting on June 6th

June 6, 2016

Get your kids outside this summer and into nature with this free educational program! Each summer, children 7-16 years discover the joy of birding by participating in the class "Birding 101 for Kids." These introductory classes are designed to teach students the fundamentals of bird identification and at the same time give them a greater understanding of their local environment.

Students will learn:

• How to use binoculars
• Bird identification with a strong focus on field marks

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Shoreline Science - Community Program May 14th at 10am

Shoreline Science - Community Program May 14th at 10am

May 14, 2016

“Shoreline Science” is a new and exciting FREE marine science program, developed by the Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. The Gulf of Mexico and the surrounding area is home to fishes, crabs, shrimp, oysters, waterfowl, vegetation, and so much more! Join our education team on May 14th to explore Mustang Island as a marine scientist. We will be in and around the water, being inspired by the coastal environment and learning how to be superior stewards of the future. There will be an opportunity to pull bag seines,

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