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Virtual Bay Day Festival

May 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Galveston Bay Foundation is thrilled to host our annual Bay Day Festival as a virtual event on Saturday, May 15, 2021. 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, the Galveston Bay Foundation will go LIVE at scheduled times to showcase the wonders of Galveston Bay.

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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 eford@galvbay.org.

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 gloushine@galvbay.org for more information on sponsoring Bay Day.

Take a look at what kind of exhibits you’ll see by viewing our 2020 virtual Bay Day Festival:

Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center | Blue Crabs

Elequa | Safe Drinking Water

Back the Bay | Galveston Bay

Armand Bayou Nature Center | Terrapins and Sea Turtles

Galveston Bay Foundation | Oysters

12pm – 1pm

Citizens Environmental Coalition | Youth Environmental Education

Moody Gardens | Kemps Ridley Sea Turtles

Laurel Sullivan Gold Award Girl Scout Project | Plastic Pollution

Exploration Green and Urban Land Institute | Green Space

Wildlife Revealed | Birds of Prey

Wildlife Revealed’s YouTube Channel

1pm – 2pm

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center | Treating Injured Wildlife

Baytown Nature Center | Nature Hike

Kemah Aquarium | Snakes

Native Prairies Association of Texas | Wonders of Insects

Green Mountain Energy | Sun Club

Galveston Bay Foundation | Recycle, Compost, or Trash?

2pm – 3pm

Houston Zoo | Texas Wetlands

Sea Center Texas | Touch Tank

Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network | Marine Mammal Rescue

Consulate General of Canada | International Migratory Birds

Texas A&M Sea Camp | Sea Camp Program

Texas Snakes and More | Snakes!

Ball High School | Get Hip To Habitat Program

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory | Local Birds

Miss Earth USA | Coastal Restoration & Sustainability

Oppe Elementary | Protecting the Bay

Galveston Bay Foundation | Eco-Storytime

Bayou City Waterkeeper | Urban Bayous & Watershed

Habitat Jaime | How to Make a Bug Catcher

Special Thank You To Our Event Sponsors Who Made Bay Day Festival 2020 Possible: 


May 15
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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