Coastal Expo Kits

Conduct your own Coastal Expo event

coastal expo logoTraditionally, 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

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 Activity

Touch 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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Fish Rubbing Plates

Fish Rubbing ActivityMake a coastal fish, mammal, or invertebrate appear by rubbing a crayon on a piece of paper.
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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.
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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!

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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.