Students In Action
Students in Action is for student groups who want to experience one day of service in the Galveston Bay ecosystem. These 2-4 hour events are filled with hands-on projects ranging from water quality monitoring to habitat restoration. Students will work side by side with field staff, learning not only about Galveston Bay, but also about potential paths to environmental careers. Students will get muddy, make a connection with their bay, and leave with a renewed sense of environmental stewardship that will last years to come.
To apply for Students In Action, please fill out this form.
$350 Base cost (up to 20 students)
$8/Student for additional students (up to 50 students)
Groups larger than 50- Contact us for pricing
For example, a group of 25 will cost $390 ($350 base plus $40 for 5 additional students)
The “Get Hip to Habitat” program brings together GBF’s environmental education and habitat restoration initiatives into one program and integrates traditional classroom learning with “in the field” learning. The program provides a meaningful watershed educational experience for students of participating schools. Participation in the program requires sustained activity and a commitment by teachers and students of a full school year.
In the fall of the school year, students harvest native estuarine marsh grass from nursery ponds at the NRG EcoCenter in Baytown (or coastal prairie grasses from the University of Houston Coastal Center). Back on their campus grounds, they set up mini-marsh grass (or prairie grass) nurseries on their school grounds that mimic the natural estuarine marsh (or coastal prairie) environment. Throughout the school year, students cultivate the plugs of grasses and monitor the growth and health of the grasses by regularly testing and maintaining the proper environmental parameters of their nurseries. In the spring, students culminate their project by transplanting their matured grasses to local estuarine marsh (or coastal prairie) restoration sites selected by GBF. Throughout the school year, students learn about the Galveston Bay watershed and how they can become ambassadors of the bay via hands-on lessons from GBF’s Science of Galveston Bay curriculum and Bay Ambassadors presentations delivered by GBF education staff.
Participation in this program provides students with valuable hands-on science education at their schools as well as in the field, and exposes them to the value of a healthy Galveston Bay. The program not only teaches students about the ecosystem and watershed, but also imparts a sense of ownership of and responsibility for their marsh/prairie restoration project and teaches them to be good stewards of Galveston Bay.
One teacher’s remarks on the program:
“I cannot tell you what this program means for my students. For so many of them, it is the first time they see the world for what it can be outside of their neighborhoods. They are so very proud of their efforts and they work so hard throughout the year and have so much pride at school and at home from the project. I cannot thank you enough as a teacher!!! This program changes lives…not just those who inhabit the wetlands planted!”
The Get Hip to Habitat Program has grown dramatically over the past several years. In 2006, the program kicked off with just 3 classrooms of 73 students total working to set up and maintain 36 marsh nursery pools and transplant their matured marsh grass to Galveston Bay. For the current 2014-15 school year, GBF is excited to be working with over 1,200 students from 20 schools. Part of the explosive growth of the program is attributable to the demonstrated success of integrating hands-on habitat restoration work with classroom lessons and activities that meets state educational standards. The Get Hip to Habitat program aligns with Texas educational standards (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS).
For more information, please contact Rani Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (281) 332-3381 x212.
Landscape Art, Inc. donates pots for growing marsh grass on the school campuses to the Get Hip to Habitat program.