For Teachers


Our coastal environment offers a rich resource for teaching science concepts and skills. Field-based, experiential activities at Reserve sites help students develop knowledge and skills in the life, earth, and physical sciences. Professional development opportunities provide hands-on training to help teachers bring the estuary inside the classroom or lead their own outdoor education programs. 

Field Trips

K-12 Programs are offered at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas on an individual basis. Examples of these programs are Stations at the Beach, Jetty Walks, lab Experiences, and Birding. You can also take your students aboard the R/V Katy and experience a "floating classroom." For more information about reservations and rates please contact us at

Hands-on-Habitat programs are TEKS aligned K-12 field experiences that help students understand the ecological functions and value of salt marsh and sand dune habitats. These interactive, hands-on programs allow students to examine wildlife and plant specimens, use scientific instruments, learn how organisms are adapted to the targeted habitat, and understand the value of the habitat for wildlife and people. Hands-on-Habitat programs are offered at the Wetlands Education Center, on the campus of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, in Port Aransas. For information or reservations, please contact us at

Visit the Bay Education Center in Rockport, Texas, and see an awe-inspiring presentation of Science on a Sphere(SOS). SOS programs can be tailored to fit your own K-12 lesson plans. During your visit, your students may explore the interactive exhibits to learn about the ecological and economic importance of our local estuary. Contact Sara Pelleteri at for information or reservations.

Interested in visiting other field trip sites in the area? Click here to view the Teacher Resource Guide for Rockport-Fulton and Aransas County.

Mission-Aransas Reserve Teacher Resources

NOAA K-12 Estuary Education Resources

Reserve/UTMSI Educational Programs

Science On A Sphere

Mission-Aransas Reserve Photos


Related Resources


Teacher Professional Development

The Mission-Aransas Reserve, in partnership with The Nueces Delta Preserve and Oso Bay Wetland Preserve will be hosting a summer Teachers On The Estuary (TOTE) Workshop. This FREE two and a half day workshop, scheduled July 24-26, 2018, is designed to help middle and high school teachers bring estuarine science into their classroom, laboratory and field programs. Download the flyer for additional information (see below.)

The TOTE workshop is open to middle or high school science teachers who teach in one of the following Texas coastal watershed counties: Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Duval, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris , Hidalgo, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kennedi, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wharton, or Willacy. Teachers working outside of the Texas coastal watershed are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to those within the watershed. Due to our funding guidelines, teacher stipends are only available to those working within the Texas coastal watershed.

Registration is now open, please complete the registration form to initiate the regisration process. TOTE Registration Form


Students learn about fish in the pier lab at UTMSI. 

Students learn how to fly a drone for research in the summer science program. 

Students aboard the R/V Katy. 

Teachers get a tour of Fennessey Ranch and learn about freshwater wetlands and upland habitats. 
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