Matagorda Bay Field Trip - Feb 20, 2021
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©Richard Gonzales photo
© Richard Gonzales photos
S&S Club members cruise on 'Karma'
Eighteen students attend Matagorda educational field trip

Aransas Pass, TX – Feb 20, 2021 – The Gulf of Mexico Foundation Science and Spanish Club Network received a group scholarship of $900 from the Texas Marine Advisory Service, covering almost all expenses for 18 club members to participate in a hands-on field trip today.

The field trip was part of the Texas A&M University’s Floating Classroom Program – a jointly sponsored costal studies initiative of the Texas Sea Grant College Program and Texas Cooperative Extension. The trip was a hands-on investigative cruise aboard the program’s 57-foot teaching vessel, the R/V Karma.

Field trips aboard the Karma, along with a series of shore-side exercises and activities, are part of the Floating Classroom Program designed to help youngsters gain a greater awareness and understanding of the environments, natural resources and human activities which are woven together to produce the fabric of the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation, which sponsors the Science and Spanish Club Network, is a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting conservation, education and research in the Gulf of Mexico. The Network is funded by grants from the Texas General Land Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  and the Environmental Protection Administration. Project coordinator Richard Gonzales led the students to Matagorda Bay to participate in the all-day event.

Willie Younger, Coordinator of  Texas A&M's Floating Classroom Program, said, “The Marine Advisory Service has received generous funding from both public and private sources which has allowed us to both develop this unique educational adventure and to promote greater access to the guided learning experience our rich coastal waters and shores provide.  At least for the foreseeable future, we should have the opportunity to handsomely subsidize schools, 4-H clubs, scouts, home-school associations and other organized youth groups from across the state wishing to develop an enduring appreciation of the coast.”

For more information on the Floating Classroom Program and its group scholarship opportunities,  contact Younger at 979/863-2940 or e-mail w-younger@tamu.edu.

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