Rockport field trip dual purpose
Field trip includes kayaks, research vessel
Rockport, TX – March 25, 2021 –
Thirty-nine middle school students from the Gulf of Mexico Foundation Science and Spanish Club Network
participated in a two-part science field trip Thursday which featured half a
day of kayaking and half a day aboard a research vessel.
Jim Needham and Jay Tarkington of Texas
A&M Corpus Christi led the kayaking portion of the trip, guiding a
large fleet of
two-person kayaks in a protected bay in Rockport. Circumnavigating
a small island, the students viewed many species of shore birds
that flock to the island during the winter breeding and nesting
Next, the students boarded a 57-foot
teaching vessel, the R/V Karma, for a hands-on investigative cruise
made possible by 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.
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
Rockport to participate in the event.
Gulf of Mexico Foundation - PMB 51, 5403 Everhart - Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(800) 884-4175 toll free - (361) 882-3939 phone - (361) 882-1262 fax