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Artist Boat: Kayak Tours & Beautify the Bucket Deadline Extended

NEW CONTACT INFO! Artist Boat has new contact info:
Mailing address: P.O Box 16019, Galveston, TX 77552
Physical location: 13330 Settegast Road, Galveston, TX 77554
New phone: (409) 632-0388


Registration has been extended until August 15th, 2020!

With approximately 150 beautified trash barrels already on Galveston beaches, the latest competition adds to Artist Boat’s public art to encourage people to throw their trash in the can not the sand. The Beautify the Bucket Competition is designed to allow citizens to take an active role in beautifying Galveston’s beaches in a way that also encourages better stewardship behaviors in others. Anyone can participate: individuals or groups, children and adults alike. All barrels in the Fall 2020 competition will be displayed and judged on Saturday, September 12th, from 8am-Noon at Menard Park in Galveston. Winners will be announced at noon, and you can come out to view all barrels and vote on your favorite! Registration has been extended until August 15th! See all terms & conditions on the website and register online at artistboat.org/beautify-the-bucket/.

Adopt a Beach

Make a morning of it! Join in on the Beach Clean up September 12th by registering with The General Land Office at http://www.glo.texas.gov/adopt-a-beach/. They assure me their form will be up by the end of the month so check back and sign up!

Kayak with Artist Boat at The Coastal Heritage Preserve

Explore Galveston Bay with an Eco-Art Kayak Adventure at The Coastal Heritage Preserve on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9am to 1pm. Explore the wonder of the wetlands, up close and personal, in a human-powered vessel! Come with us to visit awe-inspiring places in a creative new way! Pre-registration is required: $75 for a four-hour Adventure. Includes stop for watercolor demonstration and painting. No experience necessary. Yes, you get to take home your very own watercolor painting! Public Kayak Registration

FREE Interpretive Beach Tours for the Public

Pre-registration is required for Artist Boat’s Beach Bucket Brigade Tours. Held every Saturday and Sunday, now through August 30, 2020, at THREE locations Island-wide: Look for the bright orange shirts! Meet at Stewart Beach, 201 Seawall Blvd., Midtown, 5600 Seawall Blvd., or Pirate’s Beach, 13 Mile Road Beach Tour Registration

FREE Interpretive Beach Tours for the Public

Pre-registration is required for Artist Boat’s Beach Bucket Brigade Tours. Held every Saturday and Sunday, now through August 30, 2020, at THREE locations Island-wide: Look for the bright orange shirts!
This is held at Stewart Beach, 201 Seawall Blvd., Midtown, 5600 Seawall Blvd., or Pirate’s Beach, 13 Mile Road.

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! All ages welcome! The beach tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays and last approximately 45 minutes.

We encourage family quarantined groups of 6 or less to ensure the safety of your tour. Entire tour is limited to 10 people so register now! If you have a bigger group and want to reserve a specific tour time, you can call our office or contact info@artistboat.org.

Your Health and Safety

Artist Boat has always had safety at the forefront of our guided-interpretive tours. Whether we’re out paddling on the water, identifying plants on a walking adventure, or bird-watching on the prairie, our number one priority is the safety of all guests. Artist Boat is committed to following the recommendations from recognized health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

As we open up to hosting Kayak Adventures for the public, and have Galveston students out to the Preserve, Artist Boat’s interpretive guides and educators continue to take extra precautions during the current global pandemic. We have implemented special measures to keep everyone safe during and after your activity.

Enrich your Days with Nature

Like you, we at Artist Boat are grappling to find our footing in these difficult and uncertain times. We have been privileged to serve our community for over 16 years and you have trusted us to provide inspiration and education through unique coastal experiences.  We know the immense positive benefits of nature and we are supporting our community by keeping the Oppenheimer Bird Observatory at the Coastal Heritage Preserve open for public use.

Open 7 days/week, from dawn until dusk, enjoy the 150-foot boardwalk and elevated viewing and seating from the platform. Walk the ½ mile trail and be on the lookout for wildlife as you soak up the beauty of Galveston’s wetlands.

Located at 13102 Stewart Road, the Helen and Edward Oppenheimer Bird Observatory is an award-winning project that contributes to a better quality of life in our community. Designed across a landscape for curated experiences that are transformative for the learner, the observatory was built by The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.

Amenities include ADA access, parking lot, bike rack, a clean port-o-let and if you’ve got a keen eye, you might see some wildlife!  Let us know what you find.

For a bird’s eye view and directions to the Preserve:

ADDRESS: 13102 Stewart Road, Galveston TX 77554

More Info

Artist Boat is a non-profit organization providing hands-on, minds-on, and feet-in experiential learning for people of all ages through Eco-Art programs that allow them to interact and learn about marine and coastal environments. Programs take place in kayaks, aboard vessels, by foot, on campuses, in classrooms, and in places of natural significance.

Artist Boat’s mission is to promote awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts. Artist Boat hosts a variety of activities throughout the year including kayak adventures, youth programs, and more.

Artist Boat has won national recognition for its educational programs and is a leader in outdoor educational experiences for small groups led by scientists and artists.

 

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