Wetlands Education Center Guided Tours

Wetlands Education Center Tours

What: Did you ever want to visit and learn about a marsh without getting your feet wet? The Wetlands Education Center is a ADA compliant 3.6-acre wetland will allow you to do just that, as you stroll through seagrass, salty marsh plants, and dunes. Come during a free guided tour and you will learn about the special plants and animals of our local wetlands. 

Where: Participants meet at the University of Texas Marine Science Education Center (855 East Cotter Ave., Port Aransas, Texas 78373)

When: Guided tours are free and available Tuesday and Thursday, at 10 a.m. (the trails are always open for self-guided walks)

Other: Groups over ten visitors that would like a guided tour of the Wetlands Education Center should set up a private tour.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 361-749-3153


SOS and VisitorsScience On a Sphere programs (Rockport)

What: Visitors are invited to experience Science on a Sphere® to learn more about Earth’s oceans, land, atmosphere, and planetary neighbors. Science on a Sphere® is a spherical display system created by the National Oceanic land Atmospheric Administration that helps visitors see how global patterns, such as ocean circulation, weather, planetary movements, and climate affect our world. 

Where: Bay Education Center located in downtown Rockport (121 Seabreeze Drive, Rockport Texas 78382)

When: Science on a Sphere® presentations are offered free to the public each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 pm.

Other: Groups over ten visitors that would like a special screening of the Science On a Sphere should set up a private tour. The Bay Education Center has exhibits and is open Tuesday - Saturday from 1 - 4 p.m. For Science On a Sphere presentation schedule click here.

Contact: 361-749-3161


Film reelAfternoon Movies and Discussion

What: Enhance your environmental literacy through film. Films range in time from 15-60 minutes followed by a group discussion. These programs are free of charge.

Where: The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Marine Science Education Center Auditorium, 855 East Cotter Ave., Port Aransas, Texas 78373.

When: From October 27th - March 9th, every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 - 4 p.m. in the UTMSI Auditorium. No movies during holiday breaks (Nov 24, Dec 22-29). The movie schedule with titles can be viewed on our calendar.

Contact: Nicole Pringle - 361-749-3153


Schweppe IrisAnderson 03122015Winter Public Lectures

In two locations to serve you better!

What: Public lectures by scientists. All lectures are free and especially prepared for the public.

Port Aransas: The lectures in Port Aransas occur at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Marine Science Education Center Auditorium (855 East Cotter Ave., Port Aransas, Texas 78373. Port Aransas lectures are on Thursday and start at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Rockport: The lectures in Rockport occur at the Bay Education Center (121 Seabreeze Drive, Rockport, Texas). Rockport lectures are on Fridays at 12 p.m.

When: Lectures occur January - March. Lectures in Rockport are on Fridays starting at 12 p.m. from January 13 - March 10, 2017. Lectures in Port Aransas are on Thursdays starting at 7 p.m. from January 19 - March 9, 2017. Click here for lecture titles.  

Contact: Linda Fuiman - 361-749-6806


charlies pastureWinter Walking Tours

What: Come explore The Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture on a free docent led nature walk. This Preserve has over two miles of hike and bike trails (crushed granite and boardwalk) and encompasses 1,217 acres of land. Join us as we enjoy the serene habitats of salt marsh and algal flats. You’ll be serenaded by herons, egrets and the whisper of salt cord grass.

Where: Meet at Phase I pavilion, end of Port street (past the ferry landing)

When: Tours this season run November 11, 2016 - March 24, 2017. Fridays 3 pm - 4 pm at Charlie’s Pasture, Phase I (End of Port Street)

 Contact: Nicole Pringle - 361-749-3153


Download the map in PDF format with this link. 

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