Reservations may be made for lessons teaching about how fish are adapted to aquatic environments, the importance of coastal wetlands and food chains and about maintaining good water quality in fish hatchery systems. Educational activities are usually scheduled for 2-3 hours each beginning at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.
To help you in planning your trip, please print the PDF Guidelines for Group Tours and Education Programs (PDF 28.7 KB). Many of the youth visitors enjoy purchasing a souvenir at gift shop. If your group has limited time for students to shop, we suggest that your group order gift bags before arriving. To order gift bags please complete and submit a gift shop order form (PDF 18.6 KB) at least two days prior to your arrival.
Teachers are encouraged to prepare their classes for field trips by having students complete pre-visit activities and by taking an active role in instruction on-site. Supplies and materials are available for teachers to use for on-site learning through Coastal Kids curriculum activities. Teachers planning to conduct Coastal Kids activities are required to meet with facility staff to plan the program details. Other teacher resources for related activities are available below.
- Visitor Center Scavenger Hunt (PDF 92.3 KB)
- Wetland Exhibit Scavenger Hunt (PDF 761.3 KB)
- Sea Center Texas Nature Checklist (PDF 102.9 KB)
- Exploring the Food Web - Wetlands (Teachers' Guide) (PDF 311.7 KB)
- Coastal Habitats
- Marine Fishes and Shellfishes of the Gulf
- Learn about Texas Freshwater Fishes
- Tarpon Observation Network
- Texas Gulf Coast Regions
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Teacher Tool Kit
- Water Quality
- Coastal Fishing Report
- Fishing Licenses
- Fishing Regulations
- Coastal Bag and Size Limits