Workshops, Adventures, Residencies and Camps
Eco-Camps Begin July 6th! Registration Now Open!
Explore the processes of our ocean with science and art
Explore, Observe, and Create in the Artist Boat Eco-Camp Sessions! Artist Boat Eco-Campers will experience true science and art enrichment with outdoor adventures and activities. Join us for inspirational education!
Due to the nature of the camps, sessions are designed for children ages 11-15.
Registration is required and spaces are limited to 10 students ensure small camp size and individual attention. Have questions? Give us a call! 409-632-0388.
To see schedule and register for Eco-Camp, click the Button below.
Eco-Art Workshop & Adventure Programs
Combining the arts and sciences for exploration and appreciation of coastal habitats.
Habitat Restoration Adventures
Restoration Adventures are free service-learning opportunities at our Coastal Heritage Preserve. Students steward the land by removing invasive species, maintaining and planting native prairie grasses, and learning how to identify native flora and fauna. Artist Boat Eco-Art Educators guide students through these tasks while educating them on the importance of conservation areas like the Coastal Heritage Preserve. Students learn the primary functions of wetlands and coastal upland prairies, the major threats facing coastal habitats, and how they help protect these ecosystems and the wildlife they support.
During adventures (kayak, walking, or vessel) students participate in hands-on and feet-in instruction via outdoor and experiential learning to explore estuarine ecology, plain-air water coloring, water quality, and paddling safety. In-class workshops are interactive and hands-on, while introducing concepts such as non-point source pollution, estuarine and marine ecology, and wetland function. In addition, every student produces his or her own water-color portrait of a native animal from Galveston Bay.
Blue Carbon Workshop
The Blue Carbon Workshop addresses the relationships between ecosystem services provided by salt marshes and sea level rise in Galveston Bay. The program is designed to increase knowledge, vocabulary, and skills of middle school students and empower them to learn about, understand, and share knowledge about difficult concepts (sea level rise, carbon sequestration, blue carbon, carbon cycle, ecosystem services, and climate change).
Your Health and Safety
Artist Boat has always had safety at the forefront of our guided-interpretive tours, and 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, 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.
Stringent Cleaning – All equipment is disinfected thoroughly between guests, and hand sanitizers are available. Masks are required. If you do not have one, we can provide one.
Physical Distancing – We request that everyone maintain 6 feet of physical distance between other guests and Artist Boat’s Tour Guides.
Wellness Checks – Employees are checked daily to ensure that they are healthy and symptom -free. If you are anyone in your group is experiencing symptoms, we will work with you to cancel or reschedule your tour.
Please call us with any questions or concerns (409) 632-0388.
Eco-Art Residency Programs
Eco-Art programming personalized for you.
Eco-Art Residencies integrate art and science and are delivered to students as enrichment through after-school programs, summer programs, or during the school year. Each residency results in a work of art that demonstrates the knowledge gained during the residency. The scope, scale, and price of the residencies are customized for the needs of the campus community. Residences, therefore, have culminated in the creation of small take-home projects and large murals, mosaics, and metal sculptures that have become permanent learning legacy installations on campuses throughout the area.
Learn strategies to integrate art and science.
Artist Boat Integrated art and science curricula includes:
- Coastal Waters Institute
- Science + Art = Partner
- The Art of Metamorphosis
- I Smell Something Fishy
- NOAA Planet Stewards
Contact Amanda Rinehart, Education Program Manager for more information.
In 2018 Artist Boat launched the We Back the Bay program. We Back the Bay will focus on non point source pollution, water conservation, and reducing storm run-off. The program will accept 5 schools in the counties surrounding Galveston Bay based on an application process and included a 3-day Professional Development workshop for chosen teachers. To learn more visit the program page here >>>
Artist Boat Curriculum
Learn about the 5 coastal habitats around Galveston Bay.
Artist Boat Curriculum
Artist Boat produced a Bolivar Habitat Preserve Field and Curriculum Guide for Educators to the teachers at Crenshaw School of Environmental Studies.
This arts-based environmental education curriculum is designed specifically to inspire teaching and learning on the Bolivar Habitat Preserve, a 22-acre wildlife habitat adjacent to the school.
The curriculum represents years of a collaborative effort among Artist Boat, the UTMB National Institute for Environmental Health and Science, the Sealy Center for Environmental Health and Medicine, Galveston Independent School District, Crenshaw School for Environmental Studies, and Gulf Coast Center Precision Environmental Health. We are deeply grateful for these partnerships!
The completed curriculum includes a robust introduction to the dune swale complex ecosystem and its five representative habitats, including five hand-illustrated habitat posters and 27 lesson plans for students in grades K-8.