21936
Texas

Become a Marine Scientist in South Texas With Your Grandchild

Get your feet wet with marine biology as you and your grandchild get hands on with marine biologists in the lab and in the ocean to learn about fish, dolphins, sea turtles and more!
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Program No. 21936RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399 / ADULT
899 / CHILD

At a Glance

You’ve heard the old adage “it takes a village to raise a child,” but did you know it takes a research team to raise a fish? Go behind the scenes with researchers to learn about their work in conservation efforts and see how they raise fish from eggs. Dive into marine biology with your grandchild to gain a better understanding of protecting our oceans and marine life. Explore the sandy beaches of Padre Island National Seashore to collect specimens for examination in the lab. Plus, see a dolphin show at the aquarium, dissect marine organisms, go kayaking near bird rookeries and more!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Program takes place primarily outdoors

Best of all, you'll ...

  • On a study bay cruise, trawl for fish, crabs and shrimp and watch for friendly bottle-nosed dolphins swimming alongside the boat.
  • Meet a park ranger at Padre Island National Seashore to hear how researchers protect and conserve endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles.
  • Learn how to use a seine net to collect marine critters from the Gulf of Mexico, and try flying a drone as you find out how scientists use them in their research.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 11-14.
Featured Expert
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Robert "Buzz" Botts
Ranger “Buzz” Botts has been an interpretive expert at the Padre Island National Seashore for 20 years. He educates the public and school groups about the pristine barrier island and the animals that live there. In his spare time, he likes to travel and do a little fishing and birding. He is a favorite leader for Mustang Island’s Road Scholar programs.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Linda Fuiman
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Robert "Buzz" Botts
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Jay Tarkington
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Jace Tunnell
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