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Jul
27
Fri
2018
Turtle Patrol @ Galveston Island State Park
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Turtle Patrol @ Galveston Island State Park  | Galveston | Texas | United States

Turtle Patrol

Citizen scientists needed for turtle patrol and hike.

During the warm nesting season, park rangers conserve habitat, eliminate trash, and patrol the beaches for critters. We want you to help our endangered sea turtles and join us.

You can become a citizen scientist, and help the park to understand more about the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, an endangered species that nests Galveston Island State Park. We will take a stroll down the beach and explore ways to help the environment.

We will meet at the day use picnic area and begin a short hike down the beach and through the dunes, patrolling for turtles on this easy, beach hike. Families, groups, and pets on a leash are welcome.


Where: Day use picnic area to begin

Who: Park Ranger Lisa Reznicek is inviting everyone to join

Before you can join us:
• Park entry fee paid before trip (park permit on vehicle)
• All children must be accompanied by an adult

What to expect:
• Great family fun for all ages.
• Prepared for physical activity
• Small group instruction and guide
• 1 hour program of games, activities, and short hike
• Restrooms available
• Camera-worthy shots of a great Texas beach


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Jul
28
Sat
2018
Beach Explorations at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Beach Explorations at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park  | Galveston | Texas | United States

Discover the beaches and dunes while hunting for island treasures.

Beach Exploration hikes start at the park’s Nature Center, located on the bay side of the park, close to the main highway. We begin with a brief orientation, shell identification, and restroom break before driving to the day-use beach to view special habitats leading to the sandy beach. Be prepared for sun, surf, and great hands-on learning!


Get a close-up look at the many critters and birds that inhabit the sand, surf and seaweed. This Saturday tour includes seining, searching for ghost crabs, and beach combing under the guidance of Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) volunteers.

What to bring:

  • Park permit (received at the park HQ, located on the beach side of the park.)
  • Clothes and shoes to get wet (optional)
  • Water bottle
  • Camera (for those great ocean shots)

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Island Survivor at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park
Jul 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Game of life and death in paradise for beach safety.

Could you survive the wilderness of Galveston Island State Park? This paradise can be harsh for those without beach safety knowledge. Get the basics at this fun game for the whole family!

  • What skill will keep you from drowning?
  • Could you perform a shoreline rescue?
  • How do you avoid big rattlesnakes in the dunes?
  • What major injuries should you prepare for at the beach?
  • Can you name the deadliest animal in the park?

If you know the answer to these and other beach survival questions, come share your knowledge and learn about the surprising answers with Ranger Lisa. Prizes awarded thanks to the Galveston Island Beach Patrol.


What to bring:

  • Be sure to get a park permit before joining the program
  • Water bottle (cold water refills available)
  • Sun screen and protection
  • Clothes able to get wet (optional)

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Star Party (Sun Fun!) at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park
Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Star Party (Sun Fun!) at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park  | Galveston | Texas | United States

Daytime star gazing activities!

Take a break from the heat of the afternoon and come by to chill out and quench your thirst for solar knowledge with this family-friendly nature study.

Each day and night, the Earth’s closest star emits life-giving energy, creates time, and keeps our world spinning. We’re celebrating the Sun with some easy solar printing, creating shadow clocks, and viewing the spectacle of this heavenly body.

Join Ranger Lisa at the Nature Center for some cool afternoon air conditioning, solar science activities, and a safe glimpse at the nearest star.


What to bring:

• Must have received a park permit (taped to windshield of vehicle)
• Interest in the sun, our solar system, and nature art
• Water bottle


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Ghost Hike and Mermaid Tales at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park
Jul 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Sunset beach hike and storytelling fun.

Come with Ranger Lisa and explore mysteries of the ocean from the safety of the land. We’ll be talking about myths of Galveston Island’s Native Americans, pirates, and explorers while we walk the beach.

Restrooms available, pets welcome on leash. Shells and other treasures can be collected.


What to Expect:

  • Short evening hike from the Beach Picnic area.
  • Views of the sunset.
  • Historical stories and tales.
  • Exploring for animals, treasure, mysteries.

Be Prepared:

  • Be sure to have a park permit
  • Flashlight for exploring afterwards
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking gear (flip flop approved hike!)

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Jul
29
Sun
2018
Bay Exploration at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Bay Exploration at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park  | Galveston | Texas | United States

Hands-on discovery of what’s lurking beneath the murky bay waters.

Come join one of our weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and our island paradise – Galveston Bay. Meet our volunteer guides at the Nature Center at 10:00 am for a brief orientation and restroom break before we drive towards the bay. Explorations generally last 75 minutes.


Discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay.   Tour activities include hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance  of  Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) volunteers.

What to bring:

  • Park entry permit (received at park HQ on beach side of park)
  • Clothes & shoes to get wet (optional)
  • Water bottle
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)

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Aug
1
Wed
2018
Beach Paint Party @ Galveston Island State Park
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Beach Paint Party @ Galveston Island State Park  | Galveston | Texas | United States

Watercolor painting fun and lesson on the beach!

Uncover a new way to be inspired by nature!

Let the beauty found in Galveston Island State Park inspire you to pick up a brush and lay down some color. Create a one-of-a-kind souvenir, and make some memories with Ranger Lisa. All art supplies ready and available for use. Fun for the whole family!


Where: We will meet at the day use beach, near the boardwalk, for spectacular views and a quick art lesson. In case of inclement weather, please check with park headquarters.

Who: Park Ranger Lisa Reznicek is inviting everyone to join

What to expect:

This introductory painting program will review the important skills of water coloring and give visitors a chance to create their own painting. Everyone is invited for this easy lesson, but pets must be on leash. ADA accessible beach wheelchair available to rent at main park office. Restroom access.

**Groups larger than 15 people, please contact Ranger Lisa for a private event.

What to bring:
• Creativity or curiosity
• Beach towel (to sit on, or just plop down on the sand with me)
• Water for you to drink
• Comfortable shoes or go barefoot!


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Aug
3
Fri
2018
Turtle Patrol @ Galveston Island State Park
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Turtle Patrol @ Galveston Island State Park  | Galveston | Texas | United States

Turtle Patrol

Citizen scientists needed for turtle patrol and hike.

During the warm nesting season, park rangers conserve habitat, eliminate trash, and patrol the beaches for critters. We want you to help our endangered sea turtles and join us.

You can become a citizen scientist, and help the park to understand more about the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, an endangered species that nests Galveston Island State Park. We will take a stroll down the beach and explore ways to help the environment.

We will meet at the day use picnic area and begin a short hike down the beach and through the dunes, patrolling for turtles on this easy, beach hike. Families, groups, and pets on a leash are welcome.


Where: Day use picnic area to begin

Who: Park Ranger Lisa Reznicek is inviting everyone to join

Before you can join us:
• Park entry fee paid before trip (park permit on vehicle)
• All children must be accompanied by an adult

What to expect:
• Great family fun for all ages.
• Prepared for physical activity
• Small group instruction and guide
• 1 hour program of games, activities, and short hike
• Restrooms available
• Camera-worthy shots of a great Texas beach


All Dates for This Event




Aug
4
Sat
2018
Beach Explorations at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Beach Explorations at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park  | Galveston | Texas | United States

Discover the beaches and dunes while hunting for island treasures.

Beach Exploration hikes start at the park’s Nature Center, located on the bay side of the park, close to the main highway. We begin with a brief orientation, shell identification, and restroom break before driving to the day-use beach to view special habitats leading to the sandy beach. Be prepared for sun, surf, and great hands-on learning!


Get a close-up look at the many critters and birds that inhabit the sand, surf and seaweed. This Saturday tour includes seining, searching for ghost crabs, and beach combing under the guidance of Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) volunteers.

What to bring:

  • Park permit (received at the park HQ, located on the beach side of the park.)
  • Clothes and shoes to get wet (optional)
  • Water bottle
  • Camera (for those great ocean shots)

All Dates for This Event




Star Party (Sun Fun!) at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park
Aug 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Star Party (Sun Fun!) at Galveston Island SP @ Galveston Island State Park  | Galveston | Texas | United States

Daytime star gazing activities!

Take a break from the heat of the afternoon and come by to chill out and quench your thirst for solar knowledge with this family-friendly nature study.

Each day and night, the Earth’s closest star emits life-giving energy, creates time, and keeps our world spinning. We’re celebrating the Sun with some easy solar printing, creating shadow clocks, and viewing the spectacle of this heavenly body.

Join Ranger Lisa at the Nature Center for some cool afternoon air conditioning, solar science activities, and a safe glimpse at the nearest star.


What to bring:

• Must have received a park permit (taped to windshield of vehicle)
• Interest in the sun, our solar system, and nature art
• Water bottle


All Dates for This Event