Galveston: Our Fragile, Beautiful Coast

Thursday, April 14. | Limited enrollment.

This day in Galveston will focus on the coastal environment through a variety of experiences. Bob Stokes, president of the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), will accompany us and tell us about measures being applied to protect the bay and its estuaries. We will tour the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s sea turtle facility in the former officers’ barracks of historic Fort Crockett. We will visit Artist Boat’s Coastal Heritage Preserve, where fragile ecosystems are restored by planting indigenous vegetation, and guided kayak trips teach children and adults about the land and sea.

We will then pause for lunch before heading to a privately-owned working cattle ranch. The property, ranch land since the late 19th century and twice restored following hurricane damage, has extensive gardens for migratory birds, butterflies and hummingbirds, as well as wonderfully-restored historic houses. While there we will have refreshments.

Bring a hat, wear comfortable shoes and carry your best binoculars. (We will definitely be looking at birds!)

Founded in 1987, the mission of the GBF is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries.  Bob Stokes has been president of GBF since 2004.



Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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