Field trips and Workshop

Wednesday November 7

Galveston Island State Park kayak tour: 1:30pm-4pm

Join a park ranger on a 2.5 hour, 2-mile guided kayak tour. The Oak Bayou Paddle Trail is easily accessible, and the calm, protected coves make for great exploration of the restored tidal marshes, sea grass beds, and panorama of West Bay. Come paddle the trails of Galveston’s Native Americans and cowboys of old, glide over estuarine life, and get the ultimate view of 2,000+ acres of island paradise in Galveston Island State Park. Provide your own transportation to Galveston Island State Park.

Cost: $5 park entry fee/person (Maximum capacity: 16)


Galveston Island State Park Sunset hike: 4:30pm-6pm

Join a park ranger on a guided sunset walk through expansive salt marshes in the park. Take in the fall marsh hues and watch the sunset from an observation tower with views of the marsh, bay, and abundant bird life. Provide your own transportation to Galveston Island State Park.

Cost: $5 park entry fee/person (or free for kayak tour participants) (Maximum capacity: 40)


NOAA Turtle Barn tour: 3-4pm

Join a guided tour of the NOAA Fisheries Galveston Laboratory Sea Turtle Facility. Learn about turtle hatching, captive rearing, and release programs, ongoing research, and sea turtle rehabilitation in the facility. Provide your own transportation to the facility on Avenue U in Galveston.

Cost: Free (Maximum capacity: 40)


Saturday November 10

Birdwatching in Galveston: 8:30am-11:30am

Join local birding experts as we caravan from Moody Garden through several local birding locations to showcase the diversity of resident and migratory species that utilize the near west end habitats.  We will do some birding by vehicle and have several stops to allow observation and identification of as many species as possible within 5 miles of Moody Gardens.  We will have narration broadcast on an fm radio channel for caravan birding along the way. Bring your own binoculars. One van will depart from the TAMUG campus at 8am, or you can elect to caravan in your own vehicle.

Cost: $15/each (Maximum capacity: 20)


Introduction to R workshop: 9am-5pm

Learn the basics of navigating R in an Introduction to R workshop on the TAMUG campus. This workshop is aimed at the R beginner: participants will learn how to import, manipulate data and graph the results. These tools provide the foundation for statistics and modeling techniques, which are beyond the scope of this workshop. Free parking will be available on the TAMUG campus on the day of the workshop.

Cost: Free for students; $35 for non-students (Maximum capacity: 25)

Gulf Estuarine Research Society

703 E. Beach Dr., Ocean Springs, MS 39564

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