Education

Investing in Our Future

We believe investing in education is one of the most meaningful ways you can preserve Galveston Bay for generations to come. Our education programs get students of all ages outdoors and connected with nature through hands-on STEM curriculum helping to inspire youth to become the future stewards of the Bay. The TEKS-aligned programs below represent just a few from our more comprehensive education portfolio.

For questions or more detailed information on our education programs, contact Cindy Wilems at cwilems@galvbay.org

Spring Break Camp

Get ready to explore, imagine, and create during Galveston Bay Foundation’s Spring Break Camp!
Campers will explore a variety of ecosystems, participate in hands-on lessons, and learn how they can help the Bay during this 5-day camp.  The camp will be held Monday-Friday from 9 am – 3 pm each day at Galveston Bay Foundation’s Kemah property pavilion.  Campers will be split into two age groups: 4-5th grade and 6-8th grade.

Please review the camp information document for details and COVID safety precautions.

Dates: 2 Sessions: March 15-19, 2021 or March 22-26, 2021

Time: 9 am – 3 pm (drop off from 8:30-9 am)

Age: 4th -8th grade

Price: $200 per week

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“At Home With The Bay” Virtual Field Trip Series

“At Home With The Bay” is a virtual series of engaging environmental education lessons taught by Galveston Bay Foundation’s staff. Lessons include a lab, conservation craft, talk with a Bay biologist and an activity of the week. Each lesson comes with an accompanying activity guide available for download here.

Oyster Virtual Field Trip

Wetlands Virtual Field Trip

Bay Biodiversity Virtual Field Trip

Microscopic Ecosystems Virtual Field Trip

Plankton Virtual Field Trip

If you participate in these lessons, we’d love to hear from you! Please fill out this survey about your experience.

This project was created in partnership with NOAA

Classroom STEM Workshops

Classroom STEM Workshops have gone virtual! Galveston Bay Foundation educators will join you and your class for these 30-45 minute live virtual workshops designed to engage your students with a variety of Galveston Bay related topics. Topics include bay animals, dolphins, oysters, microscopic exploration, nature journaling, and environmental leadership. Please review the program document here before you register your class for a workshop.

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GET HIP TO HABITAT

Creating a Sense of Ownership and Pride

Get Hip to Habitat is Galveston Bay Foundation’s signature education program available for 6th–12th grade students. This year-long project connects students to their local Bay as they restore area wetlands by growing and maintaining marsh plants on school grounds and planting them in the Bay at the end of the year. The program teaches students about our ecosystem and watershed, and it gives them a strong sense of ownership and pride of Galveston Bay.

This year, Get Hip to Habitat will have multiple options available to schools to adapt to COVID-19 precautions. Communication between Galveston Bay Foundation and participating teachers regarding school procedures will be ongoing throughout the year. All activities are subject to change. Please review the program document here before completing the application form.

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“This program means so much to 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. This program changes lives… not just those who inhabit the wetlands planted!”

– Teacher and Participant for the Get Hip to Habitat Program

FIELD EXPERIENCES

Unique Learning Experiences for
K–12 Students

Galveston Bay Foundation Field Experiences could be thought of as field trips, but they’re much more in-depth and begin to cultivate a foundation of learning that can be customized based on grade-level, interests and more. These one-day programs are available for K – 12th grade students at our Trinity Bay Discovery Center in Beach City, or at our Kemah property.

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Students in Action

If you want your students to participate in a one-day hands-on service learning events at a site around the Bay, Students in Action is for your class! Students help to do important work to protect the health of the Bay by planting marsh grass, creating oyster reefs, or picking up trash – all while creating a connection to Galveston Bay that will last a lifetime. Through this work, students also learn about environmental careers and stewardship opportunities that await them!

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Teacher Resources

Educators can lead professional development workshops at schools and at one of our field sites for an immersive learning experience. Galveston Bay Foundation is a certified continuing professional education (CPE) provider for the State of Texas.

The Pod: A free rolling trunk filled with activities, lessons, and materials to introduce Galveston Bay dolphins to your class.

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Science of Galveston Bay Curriculum: Please find local environmental education resources for teachers below.

Science of Galveston Bay Curriculum
Galveston Bay Wildlife
Plant Life Cycle
Wetlands and Oyster Reefs
Sink or Float Investigation
Education Virtual Resources by Topic
Virtual Education Resources

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