Today I want to take you on a quick tour of the Marine Science Education Center
Pictured is the education center located on the grounds of the Marine Science Institute here in Port Aransas.
The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute is the oldest and most significant marine research facility on the Texas coast. The Institute is dedicated to the three central functions of a major university, research, education, and outreach, as they apply to the Texas coastal zone and other marine environments. As an organized research unit, the primary goal of the Marine Science Institute is to improve understanding of the marine environment through rigorous scientific investigations.
This is the plaque at the base of the sculpture titled, Interdependency. The sculpture contains over fifty marine species and symbolizes the interdependent nature of our marine world.
Inside the Educational Center are a number of interactive exhibits designed to explain the mysteries of the coastal zone.
For example here is a game teaching where fish are found in the Gulf. The lighthouse mural on the right is named the Lydia Ann lighthouse.
There is a telescope inside the center so that you can look at the Lydia Ann lighthouse. I took a photo through the telescope and you can see it off in the distance.
There are also interactive displays.
Here is a fishing boat on the bay with a little pond filled with fish that can be caught with a magnet on a rod (yes,the fish have a metal spot with which you have to connect)
Here’s what the boat looks like loaded with tourists (actually my family – daughters and grandkids)
There is so much more to see and feel but we are just about out of time. Here is an aerial view so you can get an idea of how large.