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.

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 - Tentative date
  • 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 – Tentative date

    2015-16 Schedule

  • October 11-16, 2015 - #1966 - Island Sampler: Birds, Biology, Bays, Beaches, and Buccaneers
  • January 10-15, 2016 - #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • January 17-22, 2016 - #11974 - Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • January 24-29, 2016 - #11975 - Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to a World Birding Center
  • January 31-February 4, 2016 - #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • February 7-12, 2016 - #11974 - Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • February 14-19, 2016 - #11975 - Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to a World Birding Center
  • February 21-26, 2016 - #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
  • February 28-March 4, 2016 - #11974 - Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island
  • February 28-March 3, 2016 - #1966 - Island Sampler: Birds, Biology, Bays, Beaches, and Buccaneers
  • March 6-11, 2016 - #11975 - Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to a World Birding Center
  • March 13-18, 2016 - #20919 - Spring Coastal Migration - Rockport
  • March 27-April 1, 2016 - #8162 - The Specialty Birds of South Texas: The Big Enchilada of Birding
  • April 17-22, 2016 - #20988 - Exploring the Texas Hill Country - Fredericksburg
  • April 24-29, 2016 - #20919 - Spring Coastal Migration - Port Aransas
  • June 19-24, 2016 - #21936 - Fun with Intergenerational Marine Biology: Dolphins, Fish, Turtles and Birds

2015 Schedule

  • January 11-16 - #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life - Based in Port Aransas area
  • January 18-23 - #11974 - Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island - Based in Brownsville area
  • January 25-30 - #11975 - World Class Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to the World Birding Center - Based in McAllen area
  • January 25-30 - #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life - Based in Port Aransas area
  • February 8-13 - #11974 - Birding the Texas Tropics: Laguna Atascosa to South Padre Island - Based in Brownsville area
  • February 15-20 - #11975 - World Class Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to the World Birding Center - Based in McAllen area
  • February 15-20 - #18333 - Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life - Based in Port Aransas area
  • March 8-13 - #1966 - Island Sampler: Birds, Biology, Bays, Beaches, and Buccaneers - Based in Port Aransas area
  • March 15-20 - #20919 - Spring Coastal Migration - Based in Rockport area
  • March 22-27 - #11975 - World Class Birding in the Rio Grande Valley: Santa Ana Refuge to the World Birding Center - Based in McAllen area
  • March 29-April 4 - #8162 - Specialty Birds of South Texas: The Big Enchilada of Birding - Based in Port Aransas and Kingsville
  • April 12-17 - #20988 - Exploring the Texas Hill Country - Based in Fredericksburg area
  • April 19-24 - #20919 - Spring Coastal Migration - Based in Port Aransas area
  • June 21-26 - #21936 - Fun with Intergenerational Marine Biology: Dolphins, Fish, Turtles and Birds - Based in Corpus Christi area

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

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

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