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Every Friday – Turtle Patrol and Beach Hike at GISP

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Hike, Paint, Explore Sea Turtles & Go On a Sunset Paddle at

Galveston Island State Park

The Galveston Island State Park has numerous events going on this summer. These events are fun for the entire family. Most events are free, however, you must pay $5 to get into the park. Galveston Island State Park is located on the west end of the Island at 14901 FM 3005, Galveston. For more info call (409)737-1222 or go to tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/galveston-island. Events are:

June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (10-11am) – Beach Exploration – Hunt for Island treasures with a knowledgeable guide. Beach Exploration hikes start at the park’s Nature Center located on the bay side of the park close to the main highway.

June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th (10-11:30am) – Bay Exploration – Join one of these weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and island paradise – Galveston Bay.

June 2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th (2:30-3:30pm) – Sandcastle Contest – This Arts in the Parks family program on the beach will help you with some good sandcastle building skills. Ranger Lisa will clear an area for the contest and bring some gear for you to use. They want to see what kind of castle you (and your family and friends) can make. Everyone is invited to spend some time gathering materials, building a structure, and decorating it to your liking.

June 2nd, 9th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th (4-5pm) – Turtle Patrol – Citizen scientists are needed for this turtle patrol and hike! During the warm nesting season, park rangers conserve habitat, eliminate trash, and patrol the beaches for critters. You can help endangered sea turtles by attending the fun.

June 13th, July 4th, August 8th (10-11am) – Beach Paint Party – Come join this watercolor painting lesson on the beach and create a one-of-a-kind souvenir plus make some memories with Ranger Lisa. All art supplies are available for use.

June 16th (all day) – Galveston Island State Park: Texas Outdoor Family – Join this fun-filled weekend designed to help your family discover the joys of camping and Texas State Parks. All camping gear and equipment required for an overnight stay at the park are included with each reservation. Go to tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/galveston-island for a list of activities offered and specific information for this workshop.

June 9th, July 14th (1-2pm) – Geocaching 101 – Learn how to find a hidden treasure within the park and around the globe with this short, activity-based program about geocaching. “Geo” = Earth, “cache” = something hidden, like treasure or supplies. Come search for hidden gems in the park!

June 16th, 30th (5-7:30pm) – Sunset Paddle – The Friends of Galveston Island State Park provide this great experience on the water with a guide, free gear rental, and a guided trip into a protected cove of Galveston Bay. You will start with an orientation on land, paddle out into the bay, and return just as the sun sets.

June 23rd (9am-12 noon) – Go Fish! Come out and learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. There will also be short learning stations to help develop basic skills.

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