Conduct your own Coastal Expo event

coastal expo logo.jpgTraditionally, we have conducted Coastal Expos in communities for people who do not typically get to enjoy the great Texas coast. Our previous locations include the Rio Grande Valley area, Beaumont, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. These events have been very successful and we would like to expand the number of Coastal Expos conducted in Texas. Unfortunately, we have a limited number of staff and resources to commit to Coastal Expo and need your help to ensure the success of future events.

To do this, we have created several Coastal Expo kits. These kits are located throughout the state and are available to local schools, organizations, and communities that are interested in hosting their own Coastal Expo. These kits will provide all the necessary information needed to conduct a Coastal Expo in your community!

If you are interested in bringing the coast to your school or community or have any questions, please contact Holly Grand at holly.grand@tpwd.texas.gov

These Coastal Expo kits include hands-on activities to bring the wonders of our coastal environments to your community. All activities are TEKS aligned for 4-6 grade. Scroll down for more information about these activities.


Crab Marsh
Coastal Marsh ActivityTouch and learn about crabs at our crab-shaped pool. Place sand and local marsh plants to create a “true” habitat for the visiting hermit and/or fiddler crabs. Children and adults will learn about where the crabs live, what the crabs eat, who eats the crabs, the importance of marsh habitat, and why we should care about this. (Back to Top)



Glass-bottom Stream

Glass-bottom Stream ActivityA V-shaped, glass trough is filled with water, rocks, and native aquatic plants to replicate the structure of a natural stream. The glass-bottom allows visitors to see the 3-D picture of a stream and see how fish and invertebrates can “hide” from predators. The stream also demonstrates the importance of habitat and how aquatic insects can be water quality indicators. Ever wonder about the quality of your local stream? Now you will be able to tell just by looking at the insects! (Back to Top)

Bug Picking

Bug PickingMany Rivers and streams flow into the Texas bays. The quality of the water in those rivers and streams can have an effect on the water quality of the bays. Have you ever wondered about the quality of your local stream? Now you will be able to tell just by looking at the insects! In addition to the materials included in the kit, TPWD also has resources available online. Click here to visit the Bug Picking Macroinvertabrate Field Study webpage. (Back to Top)


Mystery Fish Kill Game

Mystery Fish Kill GameBecome an honorary member of the Kills and Spills Team by solving the mysterious fish kill, just like a TPWD biologist! Real clues, pictures, and facts are used to help teach how fish kills can be caused by natural conditions and/or human contamination. The circumstances of the fish kill and the clues are used to communicate the physical and biological characteristics of coastal ecosystems. (Back to Top)

Fish Prints
Fish Printing ActivityShow your artistic talents with our fish printing station. Create artwork inspired by a fish that does not smell fishy! Washable paints are painted on a rubber fish and then “printed” on the corresponding paper that lists facts about each fish on the back. Choose from a variety of different types of fish. (Back to Top)

 

 

Beach Goodies
Beach Goodies ActivityHave you ever wondered about what washes up on the Texas coast? The materials included in this kit allow you to see the marvels that the ocean carries around the world. Touch, see, and learn about the shells, sea beans, feathers, plastics, and bones that have been found on your coastline. (Back to Top)



Fish Rubbing Plates
Fish Rubbing ActivityMake a coastal fish, mammal, or invertebrate appear by rubbing a crayon on a piece of paper.(Back to Top)

 

 





Coastal Fishing (Backyard Bass)

Coastal Fishing (Backyard Bass) ActivityChildren and adults learn to cast Zebco-type rods and reels. The goal is to “catch” a plastic fish using a special weight that “hooks” the fish. (Back to Top)

 

 

 



Coastal Critter Bingo
Coastal Fishing (Backyard Bass) ActivityDo you know what kinds of critters live on the coast? Learn interesting facts about coastal animals (such as their life history and food habits) while playing bingo. Download your own copy of our Coastal Critter Bingo Playing Cards and Fact Sheets!(Back to Top)

 

 

 


Do you know of other activities that would increase awareness of our coastal environments? Let us know! Please e-mail Holly Grand or call 361-825-3993.


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