Artist Boat’s purpose is protecting our Gulf Coast through land conservation and fun, educational, inspiring adventures that spark creativity, awareness and action. Since it’s inception over 100,000 participants have helped bring 40,000 students to estuaries by kayak, foot, or vessel; created over 50+ public art works; conserved over 600+ acres on west Galveston Island forming the Coastal Heritage Preserve and creating a place for the future Gulf Coast Environmental Education Center; restored over 50 acres of dunes and prairies to assure recovery of these ecosystems following Hurricane Ike; formed the Bucket Brigade comprised of a Marine Debris Task Force, interpretive tours, beautified buckets for trash, recycle centers, and more on Galveston beaches; and provided a 1,000+ teachers with professional development and place-based curriculum for the classroom.
Visit artistboat.org or call (409) 770-0722 for tickets and more information.
December 2nd (10am-2pm) – Coast Heritage Preserve – This destination occurs at the natural and restored marshes protecting one of the most pristine examples of a dune/swale complex on Galveston Island. Artist Boat is working hard to acquire over 300 acres of the coastal prairies and wetlands on Settegast Road through million dollar grants and community donations. Join us to discover the wonders of the dune/swale complex and wetlands and to celebrate nature while envisioning our future home. Cost is $50/$25.
December 9th and 16th (10am-12 noon and 1-3pm) – Kayak Adventure East End Lagoon – An easy paddle in natural wetlands, the East End Lagoon offers an up-close view of the entry to the second largest port in the United States. Herons will greet you as you witness large vessels in the Houston Ship Channel carrying petrochemical products, cruise ship passengers, and consumer goods. This place was returned to the public and will be the City of Galveston’s interpretive home to Galveston Island’s natural history. Cost is $25.
Spring Break through the Summer (Daily) – Bucket Brigade Interpretive Beach Tours are free for the public, last approximately 45 minutes, and are offered at a variety of locations on Galveston Beach. Join the Bucket Brigade in exploring the creatures and features that make Galveston beaches unique. There is more to the Sargassum and turbid water than many people think, and there is much more to be found on the beach than just sand. Tours are educational and fun for ocean-lovers of all ages. Hands-on activities investigate topics including Galveston’s turbid water, marine debris, Sargassum landings, and more! Tours are offered with several tour times each day. Tours can sign up on location near the lifeguard tower near each tour site. Bigger groups can call to reserve a specific tour time and location.