Artist Boat: Spring Break Camps & Beautify the Bucket Contests

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. Campers will experience true science and art enrichment with the creation of Eco-Art. Each camper will create high quality art projects which illustrate all that they have learned throughout camp. Camp sessions for ages 5-12 and are $300 for both or $175 each.

  • March 12th-16th (Spring Break): 9am-12 noon Shark Mania, and 1-4pm Sea Change
  • 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-Aug 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

This month, Kayak Adventures begin again. 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.

  • March 3rd (10am-2pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • March 4th (10am-2pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • March 10th (10am-12pm): East End Lagoon
  • March 10th (1-3pm): East End Lagoon Easy
  • March 11th (10am-2pm): Cypress Swamp
  • March 13th (10am-12pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • March 13th (1-3pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • March 14th (10am-12pm): East End Lagoon
  • March 14th (1-3pm): East End Lagoon Easy
  • March 15th (10am-2pm): Galveston Island State Park [+$5.00]
  • March 16th (4-7pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • March 17th (10am-2pm): Armand Bayou
  • March 18th (10am-12pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • March 18th (1-3pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • March 24th (10am-2pm): Christmas Bay
  • March 25th (10am-12pm): East End Lagoon
  • March 25th (1-3pm): East End Lagoon Easy
  • March 30th (5-7pm): Coastal Heritage Preserve
  • March 31st (10am-2pm): Cypress Swamp

Back The Bay Program

New Eco-Art Programming for 6th-12th Grade Teachers focusing on the causes and consequences of poor water quality in Galveston Bay is now taking applications. This Artist Boat’s program allows students and teachers in the counties surrounding Galveston Bay to create learning legacies on their school campus that will improve the water quality of Galveston Bay. Applications are due on March 19th.

Beautify the Bucket Contest Taking Entries & Celebrates Earth Day April 21st

Express your artistic talents and love of the ocean by entering the Artist Boat Beautify the Bucket Competition. Registration is open now through September 1st. Winners will be announced in Galveston on September 23rd at an awards ceremony coinciding with the fall Adopt-A-Beach Coast-wide Cleanup. Participation is easy. Individuals and groups of all ages can download the Registration and Information Packet and return it to Kendall Guidroz, Artist Boat education program coordinator, at

Entrants will paint blue trash barrels destined for Galveston beaches based on a theme: ocean organisms, marine debris, coastal and marine ecosystems, or Galveston recreational activities.

On Earth Day, Saturday, April 21st (8am-12 noon), all the submissions in the competition so far will be displayed at Menard Park in conjunction with the spring Adopt-A-Beach Coastwide Cleanup event. At the competition, you can vote for your favorite barrel. Winners are announced at 12 noon.

March 1st, 15th, April 5th, 14th, 19th, May 3rd, 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 might 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.

March 17th, April 12th, 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 our way of showcasing all the different ways Sea Citizens can get involved, from land management and habitat restoration, to helping our 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. Learn about all the different volunteer opportunities Artist Boat has and talk with program coordinators to see how your interests intersect with our work. After the orientation you can sign up for the programs you want to get involved with.

May 5th & 11th: Galveston Island Birding Tour

Join Artist Boat for a full, fun day of birding on Galveston Island led by Karla Klay. Galveston Island is a premier birding destination during the spring migration. Discover resident and migratory bird species in the diverse ecosystems as you find birds at beaches, oak motts, and wetlands. The Birding Tour includes bus transport, breakfast and lunch, and binoculars.

May 5th the tour will be 8am-4pm ($175). You will discover resident and migratory bird species in the diverse ecosystems of Galveston Island as you bird beaches, oak motts, and wetlands.

The May 11th the tour is 7am-5pm ($200) and you can explore the world-famous Bolivar Flats, known for its shorebirds, and the Smith Oaks Rookery during peak fledging time for chicks. The Birding Tour includes entry into all Audubon Sanctuaries visited. Limited space is available – these tours will sell out fast!

June 8th: World Oceans Day Festival & Marine Debris Art Contest

World Oceans Day (June 8th) 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. Artist Boat is bringing the international celebration to Galveston with the 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 us in celebrating the ocean right on its doorstep. Local, regional, and state organizations will come together to provide engaging activities to help visitors understand the human connection to the ocean and the 2018 focus “Plastic Pollution Prevention.”

The World Oceans Day Festival also hosts the Marine Debris Art Contest! Artist and ocean-lovers of all ages can submit pieces to display at the festival. “Plastic Pollution Prevention” by creating works of art from debris that would otherwise pollute our oceans is the theme. Art pieces are comprised primarily of marine debris and demonstrate the effects aquatic trash can have on our oceans and the life that depends on them. During the festival, our 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

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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