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Creepy Crawly Fun at Galveston State Park in April

April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th (10-11:15am): Beach Explorations – Get a close-up look at the many critters and birds that inhabit the sand, surf and seaweed. This Saturday tour includes hands-on seining, searching for ghost crabs, and beachcombing under the guidance of Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) volunteers.

April 6th, 13th, 20th (1-2pm): Insect Safari – Do you know what a bug is? What types of insects and arachnids live in this island habitat? Grab a bug net and head to the field in search of bug-eyed, six-legged critters from butterflies to grasshoppers. This fun-filled catch-study-release program is perfect for children of all ages with a fascination for the world of insects.

April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (10-11:15am): Bay Explorations – Become a Galveston Bay warrior and uncover life on and in the bay waters. Come join one of the weekly explorations of the connections between the mainland and the island paradise of Galveston Bay. Sandy beach access to the calm waters of this seafood nursery abounds with life.

April 13th, 20th, 21st (2:30-3:30pm): Edible Insect Hike – Have you ever eaten a bug…on purpose? Are you ready to ramp up the “ick” factor and expand your epicurean boundaries? This is a family-friendly, informative, edible insect program which explores a short prairie trail and allows participants to enjoy some high-quality food along the path. Over 2 billion people worldwide delight in a diet of insects, so why haven’t you considered it? Join Ranger Lisa at the Nature Center before heading out to survey the prairie for insect friends, and taste some spicy antennae, a crunchy leg, or twitching member of the phylum Arthropoda.

April 20th (9-11:30am): Birding By Kayak – Join this free Adult-only guided kayak and wildlife observation tour. This is for ages 13 years and older and will be a kayaking and wildlife observation tour during the spring migration. Although the guide services, safety and paddling instruction, and all gear use is free, there is an entrance fee of $5 per person to enter the park (anyone under the age of 13 years gets into all Texas State Parks for free.) This event will begin at 9am with on-land lesson and orientation, followed by a 1.5 mile paddling tour through the shallow, protected waters of Galveston Bay on the mellow Oak Bayou Paddling Trail.

April 21st (2:30-3:30pm): Edible Insect Hike – Have you ever eaten a bug…on purpose? Are you ready to ramp up the “ick” factor and expand your epicurean boundaries? We’ve got a family-friendly, informative, edible insect program which explores a short prairie trail and allows participants to enjoy some high-quality food along the path. Over 2 billion people worldwide delight in a diet of insects, so why haven’t you considered it? Join Ranger Lisa at the Nature Center before you survey the prairie for insect friends, and taste some spicy antennae, a crunchy leg, or twitching member of the phylum Arthropoda.

April 28th (7am-7pm): The Big Sit – This is all about birding with volunteers for citizen science and wildlife observation techniques. Join the fun of birding with some dedicated and informative volunteers in our Big Sit competition of the Great Texas Birding Classic at the observation tower. Audubon Texas is registering volunteers to help the park enter a birding competition, where teams select a 17-foot diameter circle from which to bird. Birds identified and counted must be seen or heard from within the circle. Register for a team in advance for a 4-hour shift, or simply drop by for a visit and short birding lesson from the team members.

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