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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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Communicating Your Science - Upcoming Workshop April 28, 2016

Communicating Your Science - Upcoming Workshop April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016

This workshop is geared towards scientists to share what they do, what they know, and why it matters.  The day starts with a discussion panel including journalists and scientists that will help uncover why effective communication is so critical.  Then, COMPASS Trainers will guide participants through exercises designed to identify key messages and refine how we talk about our research.  Join us for a meaningful day to improve your abilities to communicate your research.

Find out more and register for this free event

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Wildflowers, Weeds and Stewardship Deeds Community Program April 23rd, 10am

Wildflowers, Weeds and Stewardship Deeds Community Program April 23rd, 10am

April 23, 2016

Plants that are native to our area provide many benefits to the environment. Join us at the Marine Science Education Center at 10am on Saturday, April 23rd to expand your knowledge of local plants, participate in hands-on planting activities, and prepare to be stewards of the future! We will walk the trails of the new Water Wise Wildlife Garden, and learn about the plants we observe. We will also participate in a planting activity on the north dune of the Wetlands Education Center. The stewardship fun

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SEAsonal crafts, March 12th, 2016

SEAsonal crafts, March 12th, 2016

March 12, 2016

Spring SEAsonal craft Program for everyone – Trash2Treasure

March 12th, 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 your own treasures from items that would be otherwise recycled or simply thrown away. The goal is to learn how to be better conservationists while having fun, because together we can make a difference. Join us for some Spring SEAsonal crafts for all ages!

We will be turning our trash into treasure on

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