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
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
“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,
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.
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
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!
The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve supports the involvement of citizen scientists in our research. The City of Rockport’s committee for Water Quality Issues is spearheading an exciting new water quality monitoring project in Little Bay, Rockport, Texas. This project is designed to monitor spatial and temporal variations in salinity and turbidity, which are two of the factors known to impact seagrass growth and reproduction. Seagrasses play an integral role in the productivity and health of the bay, and we want to take the steps to protect them. We do not require
Join us in Rockport, TX for a hands-on workshop to build your own rain barrel! Participants will also investigate best yard care practices that help keep our waterways and bays healthy. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited! The cost for this workshop is only $10. Drop by or mail your registration and payment to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Rockport, TX. Check out the flyer for additional details.
Mustang Island is one of seven Barrier Islands on the Texas coast, and it is right outside our front door. We welcome you to join Nicole Pringle on January 30th, for an interactive guided walk along the beach. This will be an opportunity for all ages to explore these coastal habitats. Participants will be educated about native plants, the ocean and animals that live from the dunes to the low tide. Visitors will learn how valuable our coastal habitats are, and why it is important to protect them. Bring your walking shoes and dress for the weather!