Students In Action

Students In Action For Galveston Bay

Students In Action for Galveston Bay provides hands on field experiences for students. With one day and school year long programs available, there is something for every student group.

To apply for Students In Action one day events (details below) please fill out this application.

To apply for Students In Action school year long program, Get Hip to Habitat (details below), please fill out this application.

 

One Day Events

Students in Action One Day Events are 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 q(uality 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.

Program cost: 
$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)

Apply HERE for a Students In Action one day event!

 

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The Get Hip to Habitat program brings together GBF’s environmental education and habitat restoration initiatives into one program. 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. Back on their campus grounds, they set up mini-marsh grass nurseries on their school grounds. 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 restoration sites selected by GBF. During the school year, the students receive in class Bay Ambassadors presentations delivered by GBF education staff to supplement the program.

 

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The program not only teaches students about the ecosystem and watershed, but also imparts a sense of ownership of and responsibility for their marsh 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).

Program cost: Please contact us for program pricing.

  2016-17 SY Get Hip to Habitat Program Application.

Applications must be submitted no later than October 14, 2016.

TEKS Learning Objectives
Click here (PDF) for a list of the TEKS Learning Objectives met by the Get Hip to Habitat program 2012-2013 School Year.

For more information, please contact Rachel Barski at rbarski@galvbay.org.