Estuary Explorers program Tuesday

Kids ages 4 to 8 are invited to take part in spring education programs for “Estuary Explorers” at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

The programs will meet on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through the end of April at the trailhead of the Wetlands Education Center (WEC), 855 E. Cotter Ave.

Each program is limited to the first 12 students and are free.

The program dates and topics are as follows:

• April 5 – Bird Beaks. Kids will learn about different types of bird beaks through hands-on activities. The class will end with a brief tour of the Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK).

• April 12 – Lightning Whelk. Kids will explore and use some basic scientific equipment to help make observations of the Texas state shell, the lightning whelk.

• April 19 – Earth Day. In honor of Earth Day on Friday, April 22, the class will be making eggshell planters that can be taken home and replanted on Earth Day.

• April 26 – Turtles. Kids will learn about the life cycle of a sea turtle as well as how to keep our beaches safe for the turtles’ journey as nesting season approaches. The class will conclude with a tour of the turtle area at the ARK.

For more information, contact Savannah Martinez at (361) 749-3153.

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