Because it’s your Bay

You can participate in a number of events throughout the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support our ongoing work to preserve the integrity of Galveston Bay. Because of your continued support and attendance, we’re able to maximize the impact of our work—and deliver the greatest benefits to the Galveston Bay system.

For more specific information on each event and when it’s scheduled to occur, check out our events calendar.

Community Volunteer Days

You can help protect Galveston Bay at one of our many community-wide volunteer days. From planting marsh grass to cleaning up shorelines, we’ve got something for everyone to do to help Galveston Bay. Check out our events calendar for more detailed information on each volunteer event and registration links and be sure to sign up for our volunteer e-mail list.

Bay Day Festival

Galveston Bay Foundation is thrilled to host our annual Bay Day Festival as a virtual event on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:00am on our Facebook page and this webpage. This one-day event is a celebration that includes engaging virtual exhibits from a variety of environmental organizations and partners. In addition to virtual exhibits,  Galveston Bay Foundation has the below schedule for free lessons to connect you and your family to Galveston Bay.

View the 2021 Bay Day Program:

View the program directly on YouTube!

Sign up for Bay Adventure Lessons on Zoom! (FREE)

Nature Journaling at 1:00pm

Join our educators to learn how to create a simple nature journal along with the skills that will allow you to become more in tune with the world around you. Take the time to start your own journal by engaging in a meaningful prompt given by our educators while experiencing different features of Galveston Bay. Additional prompts will be shared at the end to help further your exploration.

Materials needed:
  Paper (unlined or lined), pencil and/or colored pencils, binding materials such as a stapler or hole punch & string, option items include light cardboard the size of your paper (ie: from a cereal or cracker box).REGISTER

Marsh Exploration at 2:00pm

Explore a Galveston Bay marsh virtually and watch educators use a seine net to collect a variety of aquatic animals. Help them identify them using ID guides while learning more about this amazing ecosystem. If you joined during our Nature Journaling adventure, you can use your new journal to describe your experience!

Materials needed: Nature journal (optional), a link to our Aquatic Organism ID guide will be given during registration.


Prairie Exploration at 3:00pm

Explore our local prairie habitat virtually to learn more about the plants and insects that call it home. Educators will use a digital microscope to allow viewers to get an up-close and personal look at a variety of organisms. If you joined during our Nature Journaling adventure, you can use your new journal to describe your experience!

Materials needed: Nature journal (optional), iNaturalist downloaded on your phone (optional)


Oyster Exploration at 4:00pm

What are oysters and why are they important? During this Zoom Adventure, we will discuss oyster biology and ecology, including watching educators dissect an oyster using a digital microscope to get an even closer look at the anatomy. If you joined during our Nature Journaling adventure, you can use your new journal to describe your experience!

Materials needed: Nature journal (optional)


Virtually Exhibit at Bay Day Festival

Exhibitors with an exciting, engaging environmental message to share are asked to submit a 5-minute video that will be considered for the Virtual Bay Day Festival. If you would like to virtually exhibit at Bay Day Festival 2021, please contact Emily Ford at

Sponsor Virtual Bay Day Festival

Virtual Bay Day is funded in part by donations from local corporations that are recognized as Bay Day sponsors. Download our 2021 Virtual Bay Day Sponsor Packet to learn more and submit your sponsorship. Contact Greg Loushine at for more information on sponsoring Bay Day.

Bike Around the Bay

Bike Around the Bay is a fully supported two-day, 175-mile bicycle ride around Galveston Bay that showcases its natural beauty. The ride provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see and experience Galveston Bay on a bike while supporting a great local cause: protecting Galveston Bay for years to come.

Day one highlights:

  • Riding around the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and along the Gulf of Mexico
  • Crossing the Intracoastal Waterway at High Island – the highest point on the Gulf Coast between the Yucatan Peninsula and Alabama
  • Seeing dolphins while crossing from the Bolivar Peninsula to Galveston Island on a ferry ride

Day two highlights:

  • Cycling across the Galveston Causeway and the Texas City Levee
  • Lunch at Sylvan Beach
  • Conquering the Fred Hartman Bridge on the way to the finish line

All skill levels are welcome. Riders have the option to participate in the full two-day route from Baytown to Galveston and back or select to ride one day only. Pick whichever option works for you!

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Guardian Gala

Our annual Guardian Gala recognizes companies, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated a serious commitment to preserving and protecting the natural resources of Galveston Bay. 

The funds raised from each year’s Gala directly benefit Galveston Bay Foundation programs in education, advocacy, restoration, conservation and protection initiatives around the Bay.

If you’d like to learn more about this event, please contact Nicole Scanlin at or 281 332 3381 x213.

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