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Teachers on the Estuary

Teachers on the Estuary

Last week, 14 science and math teachers from middle and high schools through-out the coastal region of Texas immersed themselves in an intensive training course in estuary ecology and human connections. The three-day experience brought them face to face with tiny...
International Learning

International Learning

Earlier this spring Jace Tunnell, Director of the Mission-Aransas Reserve, helped 5th grade students from Shenzhen, China at BASIS International Shenzhen learn about environmental change processes occurring in estuaries. Earlier this spring, Jace Tunnell helped 5th grade students from Shenzhen, China at...
Birding 101 - Registration is Open!

Birding 101 - Registration is Open!

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...
Taking Science to the Community

Taking Science to the Community

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute hosted “Science Night” in coordination with the Port Aransas Independent School District this past February. Science Night was an opportunity for elementary and middle school students and their families to learn about the unique...
Immersing Educators in Science Learning

Immersing Educators in Science Learning

This past March, a group of education leaders and practitioners from across south Texas convened to immerse themselves in the research and theories of teaching and learning science. This “Reflecting on Practice” workshop was hosted at The University of Texas Marine...
Summer Science Registration Open for Coastal Bend residents

Summer Science Registration Open for Coastal Bend residents

This year's Summer Science themes are "Motion of the Ocean: Senses and Sensations in the Sea" and "Go with the Flow: Land-Sea Connections!" Summer Science 2017 registration is now open for Coastal Bend residents! Registration for students in all other areas...
Women in Marine Science

Women in Marine Science

Researcher and graduate student, Victoria Congdon (in orange), teaches girls about seaweed and the animals that depend upon it. Photo credit: Amanda Taylor.Zooplankton bingo was just one of the exciting brain teasers that was offered at last weekend’s Women in Marine...
Working Together for Wetlands

Working Together for Wetlands

Students from the Fulton Learning Center stand eye to eye with a Whooping Crane at the Bay Education Center. Photo credit: Martha McLeod.In an environmental educator’s ideal world, more students would participate in mission-targeted, reserve field experiences that support what their...
It's Public Lecture Season!

It's Public Lecture Season!

Join us for a series of FREE presentations about marine environments - led by the people who study them Are you interested in science and want to learn more about seals, birds, fish, or the weather? If so, our free public...
Bay Talks are Back

Bay Talks are Back

Join us for a series of FREE presentations on Fridays at the Bay Education Center in Rockport. Are you interested in science or the coast and want to learn about a diverse range of topics - from plankton to people? If...
Breaking Trail on the New Dunescape

Breaking Trail on the New Dunescape

Construction of the trails for the new “Dunescape” began last week. This project will restore about two acres of dune habitat, and provide the public access and education on the importance of dune habitats on our local barrier islands, such as...
It's Monarch Madness!

It's Monarch Madness!

Trinity Morgan, a 5th grader from Seadrift Elementary, leads the flock of Whopping Cranes in a mock migration. Trinity and here classmates were participating in Monarch Madness, an annual event hosted by Fennessey Ranch and many partners. REFUGIO, Texas – This...
Science and Art Collide in a Unique Contest

Science and Art Collide in a Unique Contest

Flour Bluff Intermediate school students competed in the Trash to Treasure contest in categories of Dia de los Muertos and Creative. The goal of the project was to teach children about the impacts of marine debris. The winning sculptures will be...
A Decade of Research and Inspiration

A Decade of Research and Inspiration

Festival participants hunt for mud crabs among oysters at the National Estuaries Day festival and the Mission-Aransas Reserve's 10-year anniversary. This past Saturday, the Mission-Aransas Reserve celebrated its 10th anniversary on National Estuaries Day. The event was commemorated with a festival...
Teachers on the Estuary

Teachers on the Estuary

Katie Swanson, Stewardship Coordinator, talks to teachers Tammy Ladner and Liz Abel about the Reserve's marine debris monitoring program. Photo credit: Amanda Taylor.This summer, the University of Texas Marine Science Institute presented Teachers on the Estuary professional development workshops for 42...
Trash or Treat?

Trash or Treat?

Students, Landon Jennings, Ryan Young, Elissa Hill, and Kiana McCue, participate in a beach cleanup on Mustang Island State Park. These 5th grade student are members of the Intermediate Nature Club at Flour Bluff Independent School District. Photo Credit: Jace Tunnell,...
Summer is almost here and so are our Saturday programs!

Summer is almost here and so are our Saturday programs!

Summer break is upon us and we have many summer programs to keep your children's brains churning!   2016 Summer Sea Stars Program ScheduleSea Stars programs allow families with children aged 3-5 to be inspired by nature through programs at the University...
2nd Annual Brundrett Research Symposium

2nd Annual Brundrett Research Symposium

8th grader, Tripp Collins, explains how he and his group studied how wind speed and cloud cover were related. Photo credit: Julia Plotkin.Over the course of the academic year, 8th graders from the Brundrett Middle School have been completing environmental sampling...