Mission-Aransas NERR Learning Opportunities

Mission-Aransas NERR provides learning for all ages. Please Contact Adriana Reza for more information or to book a private tour.

Bay Education Center, Rockport—Science on a Sphere—Interested in Earth System science? Come see a Science On a Sphere presentation! Our room-sized, global display system projects visualizations of planetary data onto a six-foot diameter sphere to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. This tour is free! Daily Tuesdays-Saturdays at 2:00 PM

Wetlands Education Center, Port Aransas—Our WEC is home to many different plants and animals. Walk along this trail system with a knowledgeable naturalist who will share information about the many creatures that call this habitat home. This tour is free! 9:00am Tuesdays & Thursdays

Amos Rehabilitation Keep, Port Aransas—Interested in seeing sea turtles and birds at the Amos Rehabilitation Keep? This is the tour for you! Learn all about the ARK’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wildlife and meet some of the animals first-hand. Advance registration required. Fee: $10. 10:00am Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays

Fennessey Ranch Tours, near Refugio—In addition to the world class birding opportunities, the 3,261-acre wildlife oasis is home to numerous species of plants, mammals, reptiles, insects, and amphibians. The Ranch has several custom-built wildlife viewing and photography blinds. Each blind is strategically placed in areas of high wildlife activity and generally near water sources. Guided tours are offered for 1-6 people. Half day trips generally run from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., $100 per person. Full day trips are 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., $150 per person. Tour times can be adjusted to accommodate your group. For information on booking a tour, please contact Joan Garland, Outreach Program Coordinator, or call (361) 749-6806.

For Kids

R/V Katy, Port Aransas—The R/V Katy takes school groups out for an unforgettable experience on the water. We collect plankton, benthic creatures, fish, shrimp, crabs, and learn about ocean ecosystems through hands-on exploration. To schedule, contact Kimber Montanye at kimber.montanye@austin.utexas.edu

Estuary Explorium, Port Aransas—On Wednesday mornings, we have story time in the Estuary Explorium! Each week there is a new story and take-home craft to enjoy. Recommended for ages 3-7, but children of any age are welcome. 10:30am Wednesdays