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NOTICE: Update on the campus rebuild - All public areas (Marine Science Education Center, Wetlands Education Center, Waterwise Garden, Gift Shop, and the Bay Education Center in Rockport are temporarily closed. We apologize for any inconvemience and we appreciate your understanding and all of your support!

For questions about programs, please contact Joan Garland, tel: 361-749-6806 or  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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.

 

2020-21 Schedule
  • October 18-23, 2020  Program #1966  Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches and Buccaneers
  • November 15-20, 2020 Program #20919 Birding Adventure: The Central Texas Coast to the King Ranch
  • December 6-11, 2020 Program #11974 Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • December 6-11, 2020 Program #18333  Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • January 10-15, 2021   Program #11974 Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • January 10-15, 2021   Program #18333 Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • January 17-22, 2021   Program #11975 Birding in South Texas: Santa Ana Refuge & Bentsen State Park
  • February 7-12, 2021    Program #11974  Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • February 7-12, 2021    Program #20919 Birding Adventure: The Central Texas Coast to the King Ranch
  • February 14-19, 2021  Program #11975  Birding in South Texas: Santa Ana Refuge & Bentsen State Park
  • February 21-26, 2021   Program #18333 Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • March 21-26, 2021       Program #20919  Birding Adventure: The Central Texas Coast to the King Ranch
  • April 4-9, 2021              Program #20919  Birding Adventure: The Central Texas Coast to the King Ranch
  • April 18-24, 2021          Program #8162    The Specialty Birds of South Texas: The Big Enchilada of Birding
  • May 2-7, 2021              Program #1966 Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches and Buccaneers
  • June 20-25, 2021         Program #21936 Become a Marine Scientist in South Texas With Your Grandchild

 

2019-20  Schedule 
  • December 1-6, 2019 #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • January 12-17, 2020 #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life Cancelled
  • January 12-17, 2020 #11975 - Birding in South Texas: Santa Ana Refuge & Bentsen State Park
    Cancelled
  • January 19-24, 2020 #11974 - Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island Cancelled
  • February 2-7, 2020 #11975 - Birding in South Texas: Santa Ana Refuge & Bentsen State Park
  • February 9-14, 2020 #11974 - Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • February 16-21, 2020 #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • *NEW - February 16-21, 2020 #11974 - Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • March 1-6, 2020 #20919 - Birding Adventure: The Central Texas Coast to the King Ranch
  • March 22-27, 2020 #20919 - Birding Adventure: The Central Texas Coast to the King Ranch
    Cancelled 
  • April 4-10, 2020 #20988 - Texas Hill Country: Wildflowers, Vineyards & Southwest History
    Cancelled
  • April 19-25, 2020 #8162 - The Specialty Birds of South Texas: The Big Enchilada of Birding
    Cancelled
  • June 14-19, 2020 #21936 - Become a Marine Scientist in South Texas With Your Grandchild 
    Cancelled

 2018-19  Schedule 
 
  • Nov 25-30, 2018 #18333  Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • Jan 13-18, 2019 #11975  Birding in South Texas: Santa Ana Refuge & Bentsen State Park
  • Jan 20-25, 2019 #11974  Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • Feb 3-8, 2019 #11974  Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • Feb 10-15, 2019 #11975  Birding in South Texas: Santa Ana Refuge & Bentsen State Park
  • Feb 17-22, 2019 #18333  Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • Mar 3-8, 2019 #20919  Birding Adventure: The Central Texas Coast to the King Ranch
  • Mar 24-29, 2019 #20919  Birding Adventure: The Central Texas Coast to the King Ranch
  • Apr 7-12, 2019 #20988  Exploring the Texas Hill Country: The Cowboy Capital of the World
  • Apr 21-27, 2019 #8162  The Specialty Birds of South Texas: The Big Enchilada of Birding
  • May 5-10, 2019 #1966  Island Sampler: Biology, Bays, Beaches and Buccaneers
  • June 9-14, 2019 #21936  Become a Marine Scientist in South Texas With Your Grandchild

2017-18 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
  • 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