Galveston Celebrates World Oceans Day with Free Beach Tours, Oceans Festival and Marine Debris Art Contest
GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (June 6, 2016) – This Wednesday, communities across the planet will celebrate World Oceans Day to appreciate our greatest natural resource and promote ocean health and stewardship. In the Houston area, celebrators can head to Galveston Island for a variety of events – from free, interactive beach tours to a marine debris art contest.
The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.” To bring awareness to this message, the Galveston Park Board and Artist Boat will host the following events:
The Bucket Brigade
The Bucket Brigade is a free, interactive tour offered on Galveston’s beaches. Led by volunteers, including marine biologists from Texas A&M University-Galveston, the tours aim to demonstrate the diversity of life found in the Gulf Coast waters and the negative effects of litter and marine debris. In addition to marine life – such as sand crabs, snails and small fish -- participants also learn about other features of the coastal environment like sand dunes, rip currents and water turbidity. Tours are offered daily throughout the summer at 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. To sign up for a tour, visit lifeguard stands at Stewart Beach, along the Seawall beaches and at Dellanera RV Park. www.galveston.com/bucketbrigade
World Oceans Day Festival
Galveston’s first World Oceans Day Festival will take place June 8 at Stewart Beach from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Representatives from local, regional and national conservation organizations will be on hand to offer interactive activities to illustrate the delicate balance between humans and the oceans. They will also provide information about their organizations and their missions.
Marine Debris Art Contest
Ocean lovers of all ages have been challenged to submit their creative masterpieces to the Marine Debris Art Contest to be held in conjunction with the World Oceans Day Festival. The art pieces, made from coastal debris that would otherwise end up in the ocean, will be displayed at the Stewart Beach Pavilion. Prizes will be awarded to first-place entries in several age categories and a people’s choice category.
“Galveston’s World Oceans Day events are great ways for people of all ages to learn about the coast and how to keep it healthy,” Park Board Executive Director Kelly de Schaun said. “This is the first time Galveston has officially celebrated World Oceans Day. With the help of our conservation partners, we plan to build on our efforts this year and continue to educate beachgoers about the importance of caring for the coastal environment.”
About the Galveston Park Board of Trustees
The Park Board of Trustees oversees beach maintenance and tourism development on Galveston Island, including operations for beach cleaning, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol and the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information on the Park Board of Trustees, please visit www.galvestonparkboard.org.