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Paint with Wyland - Forests, Ocean, Climate and US
October 23, 2021 - Galveston, Texas

Gulf of Mexico Foundation's Project Leader Richard Gonzales will be one of many to FOCUS > click to open PDF flyerparticipate in the October 23 "mural painting and more" event to be held in Galveston, Texas at Artist Boat. In 2007, Artist Boat received a Community-based Restoration Project grant from the GMF for a project called Gateway to the Gulf.

Representing the GMF's Science & Spanish Club Network, Gonzales' role at the event will be to display 56 water samples taken by students living along rivers and estuaries along the Rio Grande River, Rio Bravo River and Gulf of Mexico on October 6 as part of the GMF's "Dia Del Rio" (Day of the River) watershed event.

Sponsored by Forests, Ocean, Climate and US (FOCUS), the October 23 event will highlight student artwork spanning the watershed, showing connections between forests, the ocean, climate and communities. During the event, GMF's Gonzales will be displaying jars full of river water. Each one's lid will feature original artwork created by the students who collected that particular water sample for the watershed study.

WylandOne of the highlights of the FOCUS event will be world-famous artist Wyland who will be in Galveston on October 23 painting a mural. During the event, students are invited to help him. Other activities will include a tree sapling giveaway and free kayak lessons. The first 750 people to register will receive a free stainless steel water bottles. The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm.

The FOCUS event is sponsored by Artist Boat, TreeFolks, Galveston Island Tree Conservancy, Texas Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

FOCUS is a nationwide environmental education campaign improving children’s understanding of the intimate connection between the health and sustainability of our water resources and the health of our planet. The FOCUS program, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Wyland Foundation and Texas partners, combines classroom, community and art Artist Boatactivities to encourage youth to explore their connection to the environment in creative and conscientious ways.

Artist Boat is located at 2415 Avenue K in Galveston. For more information, please call (409) 770-0722 or email

Mississippi Environmental Education Alliance Conference
Nov. 5-6, 2010 - Moss Point, Mississippi

This fall’s Mississippi Environmental Education Alliance conference will be hosted by the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research ReserveGrand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at the greenest public facility in Mississippi. The Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center was recently awarded a Gold LEED Certification for its new education and research facility located in Moss Point, Mississippi. Participants in the conference will be able to tour the facilities and the adjacent estuary.

Entitled "Estuaries, Living on the Edge," the conference will focus on estuaries, biodiversity, oceans, coastal issues, storm drains, water quality and the oil spill.

For information or to submit abstracts and presentations, contact Terri Jacobson at U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (601) 321-1129,

Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration
November 13-17, 2010 - Galveston, Texas

Conference to be held at Galveston Convention Center Nov 13-17, 2010

The Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) 5th national conference brings together the best and the brightest in the coastal habitat restoration community:

  • diverse stakeholders from across the country, including top representatives from federal, state, and local governments
  • Restore America's Estuariescorporations and businesses
  • non-profits
  • grassroots organizations
  • tribal associations
  • education

All participants are united in the search for solutions to the needs of our coastal ecosystems. More than 1,000 attendees are expected, as well as 150 exhibitors, 160 poster presentations, and 400 presenters. There will be more than 80 high-level sessions dealing with the best and newest approaches to coastal habitat preservation and restoration.


The 2010 conference focus, "Preparing for Climate Change," while a concern for all coastal regions, has particular resonance for coastal Texas and Galveston, still recovering from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Ike in 2008. RAE is committed to helping Galveston recover from the environmental and economic damage caused by Ike.

The conference will:

  • work to restore resiliency to Galveston's shoreline through sea- and marsh-grass planting projects
  • stimulate the local economy through the business generated during this five-day conference
  • push Galveston's ongoing restoration needs to national attention through press work and through the attendance of senior federal officials
  • increase the direction and momentum of new resources to aid the Galveston area

Location: Galveston, Texas, USA
Dates: November 13-17, 2010
Early registration deadline: September 30, 2021
Contact: Suzanne Giles Simon,, (772) 776-1129
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Fifth International Marine Debris Conference
March 20-25, 2011 - Honolulu, Hawaii

The Fifth International Marine Debris Conference will take place March 20-25, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fifth International Marine Debris ConferenceThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Nations Environment Program are co-organizers of the conference, the first of its kind in over a decade. This conference will highlight research advances, allow sharing of strategies and best practices to assess, reduce and prevent the impacts of marine debris and provide an opportunity for the development of specific bilateral or multi-country strategies.

With a variety of tracks, themes and session types, this conference will build new partnerships, further raise public awareness and support, and inspire follow-up actions that will take us closer to a world free of the impacts of marine debris.

For more information please visit

Keeping Conventions and Meetings 'Green'

The Convention Industry Council (CIC) recently released the Green Meetings Report, which will help meeting planners create environmentally friendly events. The 12-page report provides a basic foundation for practices to adhere to green friendly policies. The report provides guidelines and suggestions for simple and cost effective ways to hold green meetings or events. “Green Meetings” incorporate environmental considerations to minimize its negative impact on the environment.

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