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University of Texas Marine Science Institute

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Port Aransas is the perfect place for your next island and beach vacation. There is plenty to do and see, including many ways to learn about the island, its history, and its environment and ecology. The University of Texas at Austin houses its Marine Science Institute on the shores of Port Aransas. The institute’s goal is to educate the public on marine science and how to take care of the marine environment of Port Aransas.

Public Programs

The institute takes pride in educating the public about marine life. The Wetlands Education Center is a 3.6-acre wetland, and public tours allow you to stroll through seagrass, salty marsh plants, and dunes as you learn about the special plants and animals living in the wetlands. Amos Rehabilitation Keep is where the institute helps rehabilitate endangered sea turtles, sea birds, and “raptor ambassadors,” among others. The Bay Education Center in Rockport offers a variety of public education outreach programs as well.

Public Lectures

Come in January-March and enjoy an installment of the institute’s lecture series. Scientists will present lectures on various topics like the biodiversity and health of the estuary, sounds, and behaviors of human and marine wildlife underwater, and more.

Field Trips & Teacher Workshops

As an educational institution itself, the staff takes pride in educating not only the next generation of marine scientists, but the teachers who teach them now. Field trips include outdoor and lab activities that focus on hands-on, inquiry-based learning techniques full of information on local ecosystems and marine life. The institute offers teacher workshops and professional development opportunities for teachers of all grade levels. Teachers will learn about and receive support for the integration of estuary and watershed topics into current classroom teaching.

Patton Marine Science Education Center

Coming soon to the grounds of the institute is the marine education center. The center will house exhibits and information about sea life in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marine Learning at University of Texas Marine Science Institute

When you stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas provided by The Dunes, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf, and its many aquatic inhabitants. We’re also close to many other area attractions like the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, shopping, dining, and activities the area has to offer. Choose from one-bedroom units all the way up to three bedrooms to fit your needs. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near the community pool. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.

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