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

Virtual Camp

Galveston Bay Foundation is excited to provide several safe and engaging learning opportunities for your child this summer via our Camp at Home and Wonders of Wetlands virtual programs. Each program highlights the Galveston Bay ecosystem and connects campers to their role in the environment. Please contact Director of Education, Cindy Wilems, at cwilems@galvbay.org with questions.

Scholarships: We would like to provide a limited number of scholarships to campers who would like to learn more about the Bay but may not have the funds to do so. If you are interested in applying for a full camp scholarship, please fill out this scholarship application by August 7th. Scholarship applicants will be contacted on August 10th with decisions. Do NOT register for camp until you receive the decision email.

Camp at Home: Bay Explorers 

Ages 9-12
Time: 9-10 am
Monday-Friday
Session: August 17-21, 2020

Cost: $100/camper, includes a kit with all materials needed for activities and family missions ($50 value)

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15 Campers max
Registration deadline: August 12th

Learn more about the ecosystem around us by joining the Galveston Bay Foundation for this week-long camp at home experience! Using the Zoom platform, campers will be engaged in hands-on activities with Galveston Bay Foundation educators, create nature exploration journals, and spend time outside learning about the ecosystem around them.

Highlights of the week include:
· Exploring your neighborhood and the Bay ecosystems
· Getting up close and personal with local wildlife
· Creating nature exploration journals
· Games & videos!
· Family missions to complete outside of camp time
· A camp kit with all materials needed for activities and family missions ($50 value)

Daily Topics Include:

· Exploring My Ecosystem
· Exploring Galveston Bay Wetlands
· Exploring Birds
· Exploring Aquatic Animals
· Exploring Conservation and Sustainability

Information Guide PDF

Camp at Home: Bay Naturalists

Ages 13-18
Time: 11am-12pm
Monday-Friday
Session: August 17-21, 2020

Cost: $100/camper, includes a kit with all materials needed for activities and family missions ($50 value)

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15 Campers max
Registration deadline: August 12th

Experience nature around Galveston Bay and at your own home in new and meaningful ways during this week-long camp at home session. Learn how to become Bay Naturalists through hands-on activities, engaging discussions on important topics, art, outdoor time, and mindful reflections. Each day is packed with exciting lessons, including learning about ecosystems, biodiversity, sustainability, and becoming a true Bay Naturalist.

Highlights of the week include:
· Learning all about the Galveston Bay and what characteristics make it unique
· Creating nature exploration and reflection journals
· Engaging discussion, activities, and arts projects
· Explorations using virtual reality
· A kit with all materials needed for activities ($50 value)

Daily Topics Include:
· Back to the Bay-sics
· Ecosystem Extravaganza
· Bay Biodiversity
· Environmental Leadership
· Career Exploration

Information Guide PDF

Wonders of Wetlands: A Virtual Experience

No sessions are currently scheduled 

Ages 5-8
Activities for each of the sessions will be nearly identical, please choose one week that fits your schedule the best:

Join us to have fun learning more about Galveston Bay wetlands in this highly interactive experience! GBF educators will use song, movement, crafts, and stories to engage campers in this 1-hour virtual workshop. A simple craft supply list will be provided after registration.

The Zoom session basic schedule is as follows:

· Introductions
· Song
· Animal Encounter
· Movement
· Storytime
· Movement
· Craft (simple supplies needed)
· Reflection
· Closing Song

“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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An informational virtual workshop is scheduled for August 19th at 7pm. Register here to attend.

 

“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.

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: Local environmental education resource for teachers

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