New Archaeology Series Approved for Members!

by Scott Guilbeaux on September 19, 2018

Archaeology and Early Peoples of the Coastal Bend Lecture Series

The Friends of the History Center for Aransas County, 801 Cedar St., Rockport, TX is opening an exhibit on Early Peoples of the Coastal Bend.  There is an accompanying lecture series running from October through January.  The guided tours on Archaeology are approved, but the Fair and the Historic Home Tour are not.  Please refer to the attached list of events.  We are very excited to invite the public who follow our Chapter to these classes and to offer them to our membership.  Archaeology is a new subject offered in Initial Training for the Mid-Coast Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists and many of our members have been asking to add these classes as Advanced Training for members.  These topics will be covered in more depth than they can be in Initial Training, so our new members may find them of interest also.  Many thanks to Pam Stranahan and Bill Burge for initiating this.

List of Events

Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium, October 30, 2018

by Scott Guilbeaux on September 3, 2018

Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium
Call for Abstracts and Open Registration
October 30, 2018

The purpose of this symposium is to bring together scientist, students, coastal managers, and elected officials to share research on plastic pollution conducted around the State of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.

Where: Del Mar Center for Economic Development in Corpus Christi, TX
When: October 30, 2018, 8:30am to 5:00pm, followed by poster session from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Texas Surf Museum in downtown Corpus Christi.

REGISTRATION is required and FREE thanks to generous support from our partners. If you are interested in presenting at the meeting, we encourage you to submit an abstract. Please submit your ABSTRACT here. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and poster dimensions should be no larger than 45 inches wide x 42 inches tall. Oral presentations will be approximately 15 minutes in length, including 2-3 minutes for questions. The deadline for abstract submission is October 16th. Presenters will be chosen and notified by October 16th.

Presentations will be approximately 15 minutes in length, including 2-3 minutes for questions. Any questions, contact Jace Tunnell at or (361)749-3046.

This symposium is hosted by The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, the Mission-Aransas Reserve, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Texas Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation with support from Texas Sea Grant and the Texas Surf Museum. More information, click HERE.

Adopt a Beach Fall Clean-up, 10/06/18

by Scott Guilbeaux on September 3, 2018

Join us for a coast wide fall beach cleanup on the Texas coast!
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cleanup begins at 9 a.m.
Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water. Adopt-A-Beach will provide all necessary materials.

View all Texas cleanup sites here:

About the Texas Adopt-A-Beach Program:
Since our first cleanup in 1986, more than 523,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 9,590 tons of trash from Texas beaches, some of it originating from as far away as South America.
Due to tide patterns in the Gulf of Mexico, trash dumped anywhere in the gulf is likely to end up on a Texas beach. Volunteers record information such as the source and type of debris collected on data cards. This data has been instrumental in the passage of international treaties and laws aimed at reducing the amount of offshore dumping.
Keeping Texas beaches clean and safe is an economic as well as environmental priority. Coastal tourism, a $7 billion industry, and commercial fishing, a $1.9 billion business, demand clean beaches and a healthy gulf to thrive.

Butterfly Tour of Gardens and Workshop, Oct 6

by Scott Guilbeaux on August 5, 2018

Butterfly Tour of Gardens and Workshop
Benefiting the Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalists
October 6, 2018
All Ages Event!

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Garden Tours (Map and Locations will be sent to all registrants.)

Self-guided tour of private and public butterfly/pollinator gardens in Rockport, including a native plant sale at one of the locations. Texas Master Naturalists will be on hand to answer questions and conduct tours.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Butterfly Workshop, Agrilife Extension Office, 895 Airport Blvd. Rockport, TX 78382

Workshop on the anatomy and life cycle of a butterfly, native plants for butterflies and pollinators, and types of butterflies in Aransas County. Speakers will be certified Texas Master Naturalists.

Sponsors for the T-shirt and the event include:

  • Neli Spurrell, Realtor Spears & Co.
  • Attitudes and Lattitudes
  • Farmer’s Insurance
  • Winery on the Bay
  • Bloomers Nursery and Landscape
  • The Reserve
  • Rockport Graphics
  • 4 The Birds
  • Rockport Cultural Arts District
  • Bella Rue/Bella Brew
  • Cheasapeake 495
  • Keep Aransas County Beautiful

Advance tickets:

A T-shirt has been designed by our member and renown artist, Rebecca Stapleton, for the event. It features butterflies swirling across the front and will have the following text: Butterfly Tour of Gardens and Workshop 2018, Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalists, Rockport, Texas. The T-shirt will be in a natural color with our sponsors’ logos on the back.

For a $25 dollar donation to the Mid-Coast Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, you will receive the T-shirt and a guaranteed reservation to the workshop which will provide you all the tools to create your own butterfly/pollinator haven. Tour locations and a full information packet will be emailed once your donation and RSVP is confirmed.

Send your $25 donation made out to MCTMN to:

Ms. Jynatha Kleypas
Treasurer, MCTMN
P.O. Box 2247
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Then, fill out the RSVP form found on the following link, indicating your T-shirt size:

Butterfly Tour Signup Form

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