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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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NEW volunteer opportunity- water quality monitoring project in Little Bay, Rockport, Texas

NEW volunteer opportunity- water quality monitoring project in Little Bay, Rockport, Texas

March 1, 2016

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

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Rain Barrel Workshop on February 10, 2016

Rain Barrel Workshop on February 10, 2016

February 10, 2016

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 Beach Exploration Program - January 30th 10-11am

Mustang Island Beach Exploration Program - January 30th 10-11am

January 30, 2016

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!

Nicole Pringle will meet

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Port Aransas Public Lecture Series 2016 Schedule

Port Aransas Public Lecture Series 2016 Schedule

January 6, 2016

UTMSI Marine Science Education Center Auditorium
855 East Cotter Avenue (near the beach), Port Aransas, Texas
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., lectures start at 7 p.m.

  • January 14 Three Oceans and One Sea: Selected Adventures during an Oceanographer’s 50-year Sea Going Career - Tony Amos, UTMSI
  • January 21 There’s Something Fishy Here - Dr. Ken Webb, UTMSI
  • January 28 Pioneering Archaeology in the Texas Coastal Bend - Jace
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