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A Visit to Galveston Island State Park

On Saturday, June 22, 24 STEM Foundation students and parents visited Galveston Island State Park for a day of learning. Students and parents learned the "science of things” at the beach, and came away with an appreciation for the things that you don’t see or take for granted at the beach.

Master Naturalists explain seining to STEM Foundation students
STEM Foundation students went seining with Master Naturalist Dave Berry and Dr. Steve Alexander on both the bay and beach side of the park.
Students help seine for fish and other marine life
Students help seine for fish and other marine life at Galveston Island State Park.
Student holds a hermit crab
Students had the opportunity to observe hermit crabs, a crab, shrimp, and a lot of fish.
Crab caught while seining at Galveston Island State Park Student holding observation tank with shrimp
Students observe fish
Students learning about seaweed
Students learn about the often-overlooked seaweed that washes up on Galveston beaches.

The six-hour trip also included bird watching with Rowena McDermid and Wendy Reistle.

“I think we all now view seining, bird-watching, dip netting, sandcastle building and the beach in a whole new light,” said Efrem Jernigan, president of the South Union Community Development Corporation.

This field trip was funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Community Outdoor Outreach Program grant, which provides funding for programming that introduces under-served populations to environmental and conservation programs as well as TPWD mission oriented outdoor activities.