Coastal Expo Mission:
Increase public awareness of Texas coastal ecosystems, their importance, and what the public can do to protect coastal ecosystems.
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Coastal Expo 2003

Edinburg World Birding Center – Edinburg, TX March 13-14, 2003
edinburg20031.jpg With the assistance from the “All American City” of Edinburg, and the Edinburg World Birding Center, Coastal Expo was a huge hit! We had two daytime sessions when schools attended, and we also had Community Night on Friday evening. The special programs that attended this event were KIDFISH, TPWD’s Junior Boat Program and their kayak tank, TPWD’s Junior Angler program, Hunter Education, the Texas Watch program, Texas Water Development Board, and the Texas General Land Offices’ Adopt-a-Beach program. Local exhibitors attended as well, such as the Master Gardeners, Valley Nature Center, and the Master Naturalists who guided a wetland/birding walk and volunteered for other activities. We also had special evening programs that included talks about bats, butterflies, bugs, owls, and plants. There was even a fire truck and an ambulance there all could explore!

Memorial Coliseum during the Buccaneer Days Festival – Corpus Christi, TX April 26, 2003
corpuschristi20031.jpgThe Buccaneer Days celebration is a long time tradition in Corpus Christi. We were lucky enough to be in the coliseum with the carnival going on around us! We had many special activities at this event. They include the Coastal Bend Bay and Estuary Program, Challenge Quest, Inc rock climbing wall, KIDFISH, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Texas General Land Office Oil Spill division and their Adopt-a-Beach program, the Nature Conservancy of Texas and many more.

 

 

Coastal Expo 2002

South Park Mall – San Antonio, TX
southparkmall20021.jpgOur first Coastal Expo of the season went very well. We even got to watch a fashion show! This event showcases the core activities that make up Coastal Expo. The virtual fishing simulator always gathers a crowd, and the Mystery Fish Kill game is a great way to get a hands-on understanding of what some of the responsibilities our biologists tackle. We had many participants from San Antonio: San Antonio Water System, San Antonio Animal Control, 4-H Club, and the San Antonio River Authority to name a few.

 

Sea Rim State Park – Sabine Pass, TX
searim20021.jpgWe collected fish from the surf, toured a wetland, practiced casting a fishing rod, and many other fun activities at Sea Rim State Park. This year J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area brought their alligator exhibit, the Texas General Land Office had their Adopt-a-Beach program, and the Texas Agricultural Extension Services of Jefferson County brought their water flow model. The most dynamic experience was our Fish-on-Ice exhibit by the TPWD Coastal Fisheries division. At this activity you can touch a sharks skin and teeth, along with many other fishes.

 

Neches River Festival – Beaumont, TX
beaumont20021.jpgAdopt-a-Wetland’s Scuba Guy attended this event and participants got to learn about what you need to enjoy underwater life! Another fun activity was KIDFISH and the kids loved it, especially when they caught a huge catfish. We also had TPWD Coastal Fisheries Fish-on-Ice that allows everyone to get up-close and personal with all kinds of fishes. Our other popular activities were fish printing and our glass bottom stream that gives you a fish-eyes-view of a stream.

 

Bentsen – Rio Grande Valley State Park – Mission, TX
bentson20021.jpgI think this was our hottest Coastal Expo! We beat the heat with the help of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Fire Fighters! They set up misters and soaked the kids with fresh water from the fire truck! Between the art projects provided by the 5th grade class from St. Johns Episcopal Day School and KIDFISH the children did not want to stop for lunch. Coastal Expo participants also enjoyed reptiles from the Gladys Porter Zoo, paper making from the International Museum of Arts and Science, and all the other fun exhibits found at Coastal Expo.

 

 

Coastal Expo 2001

South Park Mall – San Antonio, TX
southparkmall20011.jpgCoastal Expo at the South Park Mall has a different crowd then the other locations due to the variety of people that visit the mall. The other locations have schools bused in to enjoy the event during school hours. Coastal Fisheries always has their touch tanks and everyone enjoys the virtual fishing simulator as well as the many other hands-on activities that are found at Coastal Expo.

 

 

Tropic Nature Festival – McAllen, TX
mcallen20011.jpgOur original festival event draws crowds that are diverse and full of energy. St. Johns Episcopal Day School provided water-themed arts and craft activities, and the Texas General Land Office provided wonderful posters for anyone interested. People also were able to test their casting skills at Backyard Bass, and their artistic skills at the fish print table.

 

 

Sea Rim State Park – Sabine Pass, TX
searim20011.jpgParticipants got to get up close and personal with raptors that the Houston Audubon Society brought to the event as well as alligators from the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management area. They also enjoyed seining at the beach, learning about beach goodies, and the exploring the discovery boxes. Most of the participants were bused into the state park from local schools to enjoy Coastal Expo.

 

 

Neches River Festival – Beaumont, TX
beaumont20011.jpgNeches River Festival is another fun crowd because we get the wonderful folks visiting the festival. We have adults and children getting to enjoy Backyard Bass where you practice/learn to cast a fishing rod in order to catch your plastic fish. Participants also got to touch Fiddler Crabs at the crab marsh. That’s when having the adults around becomes highly entertaining!

 

 

 

Coastal Expo 2000

South Park Mall – San Antonio, TX
southparkmall20001.jpgThe second year of Coastal Expo found us at South Park Mall and it was a great success! Visitors always enjoy the beach goodies table where they can find anything from bird feathers and bones to shells and even a sea bean or two. What is a sea bean? Come and see us and we will show you!

 

 

 

Tropic Nature Festival – McAllen, TX
mcallen20001.jpgThe McAllen Texas Tropics Nature Festival hosted Coastal Expo for the second time. What a great time everyone had. Our visitors enjoyed hawk shows, hands-on reptiles as well as our Mystery Fish Kill game, fish prints, and the discovery boxes. Discovery Boxes creates interactive fun by asking you to put your hand into the box and guessing what it is that you are discovering! It is always exciting to have to guess what you are touching without seeing what is inside the box!


 

Sea Rim State Park – Sabine Pass, TX
searim20001.jpgSea Rim State Park creates a great place for Coastal Expo because the beach is just a hop, skip, and jump away. This allows us to give people an up-close and personal experience, but they get to see all the life that is just under the surface. They also are able to tour a wetland with a wetland biologist. Now if we only had a river, the water cycle would be complete!

 

 

Neches River Festival – Beaumont, TX
beaumont20001.jpgOne of the participants shows off his fish print from our fish printing station. Some amazing creations have come away from that table. While people are creating their own fish print others are getting to see what a river looks like under the surface at our Glass Bottom Stream. These activities are just two of the activities that are found at Coastal Expo, as well as other fun activities provided by different agencies.

 

 

 

Coastal Expo 1999

South Park Mall – San Antonio, TX
southparkmall19991.jpgSan Antonio teachers, who participated in the event as part of their Science and Math at the Mall Day, joined Coastal Expo ‘99 staff in educational hands-on activities promoting awareness of the value of Texas coastal ecosystems. Approximately 5,000 Texans participated in the activities.

 

 

Tropic Nature Festival – McAllen, TX
mcallen19991.jpgCoastal Expo 99 was held in conjunction with McAllen’s Texas Tropics Nature Festival. Friday’s activities were devoted to local school children with approximately 2,000 school children participating.


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