Rockport Field Trip - March 25, 2021
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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 season.

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.

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