Artist Boat: Eco-Art Camps & Volunteer Opportunities Coming This Month!


Artist Boat Events This Month

Artist Boat’s purpose is protecting our Gulf Coast through land conservation and fun, educational, inspiring adventures that spark creativity, awareness and action.

Since its 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.

For more info call (409)770-0722, email, or go to

2018 Eco-Art Camps

Art meets science in Artist Boat’s 2018 Eco-Art Camp sessions. Each camper will create high quality art projects that illustrate all that they have learned throughout camp. Camp sessions for ages 5-12 and are $300 for both, or $175 each.

  • June 11th-15th – (9am-12 noon) Feeding Frenzy; (1-4pm) Whale of a Time
  • June 18th-22nd – (9am-12 noon) Sea of Change; (1-4pm) Shark Mania
  • June 25th-29th – (9am-12 noon) Whale of a Time; (1-4pm) Feeding Frenzy
  • July 10th-14th – (9am-12 noon) Shark Mania; (1-4pm) Sea of Change
  • July 17th-21st – (9am-12 noon) Feeding Frenzy; (1-4pm) Whale of a Time
  • July 2th-28th – (9am-12 noon) Sea of Change; (1-4pm) Shark Mania
  • July 31st-August 4th – (9am-12 noon) Whale of a Time; (1-4pm) Feeding Frenzy
  • August 6th-10th – (9am-12 noon) Shark Mania; (1-4pm) Sea of Change
  • August 13th-17th – (9am-12 noon) Feeding Frenzy; (1-4pm) Whale of a Time

Kayak Adventures

You can enjoy different tours such as a guided and interpretive Eco-Art Kayak Adventure and paddling to places of natural significance on Galveston Bay. To sign-up, go to Tours range from $50-$75.

  • May 19th (10am-2pm): Armand Bayou
  • May 20th (10am-12 noon): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • May 20th (1-3pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • May 26th (10am-12pm): East End Lagoon
  • May 26th (1-3pm): East End Lagoon
  • May 27th (10am-2pm): Christmas Bay
  • May 28th (10am-2pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • May 30th (10am-12 noon): East End Lagoon
  • May 30th (12 noon-2pm): East End Lagoon
  • May 31st (10am-2pm): Galveston Island State Park
  • June 1st (5:30-7:30pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • June 2nd (9-11am): East End Lagoon
  • June 2nd (12 noon-2pm): East End Lagoon
  • June 3rd (10am-2pm): Cypress Swamp

May 17th (9am-12 noon) – Volunteer Workday at the Coastal Heritage Preserve

Make your mark on the Artist Boat Coastal Heritage Preserve the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. At a Volunteer Workday you can help preserve and restore the native coastal prairie ecosystem. Activities include planting native grasses, laying down seeds, taking care of our native plant nursery, removing or treating for invasive species, and more. Event are open to the public but you must RSVP.


May 26th, June 9th (9-11am) – Sea Citizen Volunteer Orientation

Sea Citizens are Artist Boat’s dedicated team of volunteers helping to make Artist Boat’s mission and vision a reality. Our Sea Citizen Orientations are their way of showcasing all the different ways Sea Citizens can get involved, from land management and habitat restoration, to helping Educators teach the public about coastal ecosystems on the beach and via kayak, to helping with the day-to-day tasks that keep our office running, and more. After the orientation you can sign up for the programs with which you want to get involved.

June 8th: World Oceans Day Festival

The 2018 World Oceans Day Festival is Friday, June 8th, 4-8pm, at Stewart Beach in Galveston. Bring your friends and family and join in celebrating the ocean right on its doorstep. The festival is free to attend.

World Oceans Day is the UN-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. All around the globe individuals and groups use the day to celebrate, learn about, and do their part to help the ocean.

There will be interactive booths where you can explore the human connection to the ocean with hands-on activities provided by partner organizations. Live music will be performed by Third Coast Roots, a “roots rock reggae band in a third coast style.” You can also view submissions in the Marine Debris Art Contest submitted by artists and ocean-lovers of all ages.

Enter the Marine Debris Art Contest

As part of the Artist Boat World Oceans Day Festival Artist Boat is hosting a Marine Debris Art Contest open to ocean-lovers of all ages! Create your masterpiece with the medium of your choice and utilizing aquatic trash that has been taken out of our waterways. “Plastic Pollution Prevention” by creating works of art from debris that would otherwise pollute our oceans is the theme. During the festival, judges will view all submissions, and you can get in on the action too! Visitors can cast their vote for their favorite piece to help determine the People’s Choice Award. The call for artist statement is at

Donate with Double the Impact

Thanks to the Jack Johnson “All At Once” Initiative, when you donate to Artist Boat between now and June 15th, the Johnson Ohana Foundation will match your donation!

Jack Johnson’s charity, the Johnson Ohana Foundation, is matching donations contributed to up to a total of $2,500. Make a contribution to Artist Boat at the Jack Johnson concert in the Woodlands or at, and your money will be doubled by the Johnson Ohana Foundation. When donating please designate the “All At Once Campaign” in the drop down menu.

Musician, surfer, and environmental activist Jack Johnson’s 2018 tour is collaborating with hand-chosen community groups working to support healthy watersheds, reduce plastic ocean pollution, and promote sustainable local food systems. Since 2008, Jack Johnson’s All At Once Initiative has helped direct over $3 million to support partner organizations. Collectively,  individual actions create global change. Your actions, your voice, and your choices, all have a huge impact.

Support Artist Boat Just By Shopping at Kroger

Choose Artist Boat as your organization to support as part of Kroger’s Community Rewards Program and support Artist Boat just by doing your normal shopping. Simply visit and create an account with your Kroger Card. On the Community page select Artist Boat with our NPO number 49997 and you are set!


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