NOTICE: UTMSI suffered damage in Hurricane Harvey. Our Port Aransas campus and the Bay Education Center in Rockport are currently closed. Thank you for your support and understanding. 

Elderhostel/Road Scholar is an educational/travel adventure for adults over 55 (or accompanied by an adult over 55) who are looking for something different. These short term academic programs are typically 6 days and 5 nights, although some may be shorter or longer. As a large Elderhostel program provider, the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas has sites in Port Aransas (on Mustang Island), Rockport, Kingsville, Brownsville and McAllen, Texas. Our sites in the coastal bend have varied subject matter which includes coastal ecology, birding and coastal and south Texas history. All of our Port Aransas / Rockport programs from November through mid-May include a field trip to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to observe and study the endangered whooping cranes. The programs held in Brownsville and McAllen, in the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, specialize in birding. All programs are field based and designed for active ElderhoPeople Prepmat formattedstelers. 

Elderhostel/Road Scholar programs are all inclusive. We provide all housing, meals, transportation, field trips and lectures. Tipping is expressly prohibited. You are required to provide your own transportation to and from the Elderhostel/Road Scholar Program.

 

 

2017 Schedule

  • Oct 8-13, 2017  #1966           Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches, Birds & Buccaneers
  • Oct 29-Nov 3, 2017 #20988   Exploring the Texas Hill Country:  The Cowboy Capital of the World
  • Nov 26-Dec 1, 2017 #18333  Endangered Whooping Cranes:  A Celebration of Life

2018 Schedule

  • Jan 14-19, 2018 #11975    Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to a World Birding Center
  • Jan 21-26, 2018  #11974   Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • Jan 21-26, 2018  #18333   Endangered Whooping Cranes:  A Celebration of Life
  • Feb 4-9, 2018  #1966         Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches, Birds & Buccaneers
  • Feb 4-9, 2018  #11975       Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to a World Birding Center
  • Feb 11-16, 2018  #11974   Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
    Feb 18-23, 2018  #18333   Endangered Whooping Cranes:  A Celebration of Life
  • Mar 4-9, 2018  #1966         Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches, Birds & Buccaneers
  • Mar 18-23, 2018 #20919    Spring Coastal Migration
  • Mar 25-31, 2018 #8162      The Specialty Birds of South Texas: The Big Enchilada of Birding
  • Apr 15-20, 2018  #20988    Exploring the Texas Hill Country:   The Cowboy Capital of the World
  • April 22-27, 2018 #20919   Spring Coastal Migration
  • Jun 10-15, 2018  #21936    Fun with Intergenerational Marine Biology: Dolphins, Fish, Turtles and Birds

2016-17 Schedule

  • October 16-21, 2016  - #1966 - Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches and Buccaneers
  • November 13-18 2016 - #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • January 15-20, 2017 - #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • January 22-27, 2017 - #11975 - Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to a World Birding Center
  • January 29-February 3, 2017 - #11974 - Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • January 29-February 3, 2017 - #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • February 12-17, 2017 - #11975 - Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to a World Birding Center
  • February 12-17, 2017 - #1966 - Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches and Buccaneers
  • February 19-24, 2017 - #11974- Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • February 26-March 3, 2017 - #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • March 19-24, 2017 - #20919 - Spring Coastal Migration – Port Aransas
  • March 26-April 1, 2017 - #8162 - The Specialty Birds of South Texas: The Big Enchilada of Birding
  • April 9-13, 2017 - #20988 – Exploring the Texas Hill Country 
  • April 23-28, 2017 - #20919 - Spring Coastal Migration – Port Aransas
  • May 7-12, 2017 - #1966 - Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches and Buccaneers
  • June 18-23, 2017 - #21936 – Intergenerational Marine Biology 

cowboy webFor complete program description and registration, click to visit the Elderhostel/Road Scholar website. 

For information for ALL programs, please call (361) 749-6806.

Mailing Address:
The University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Elderhostel/Road Scholar Program Coordinator
750 Channel View Dr.
Port Aransas, Texas 78373-5015