Picture courtesy of the FGBNMS.

Picture courtesy of the FGBNMS.

One of the benefits of the Internet is being able to enjoy experiences as if you were actually at a particular location. Seaside Chats 2017 begins again in February. If you live in Galveston, Texas, heading to Sea Star Base Galveston may not be too difficult. If you do not live anywhere near Galveston, do not worry. You still may easily attend one or all of the sessions that will be conducted in February.

Seaside Chats are hosted by the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) and were first offered in 2012 at the Galveston Fishing Pier. The goal was to introduce middle school and older students to the wonders of the sea with topics like “sanctuary wildlife and tools for exploration to sanctuary expansion and shipwrecks.” Although the chats are geared towards older children, some younger ones may have an interest, because of their interest in marine life. The webinar presentation may also be appealing to all with the remote webinar presentation.

This year, there will be three seaside chats that will come to a media screen near you from the Sea Star Base Galveston. The one hour chats will begin at 6:30 p.m. CST on Wednesdays. The following is the schedule:

February 8 – Manta Rays and More! {register now}

February 15 – Celebrating 25 Years! {register now}

February 22 – Reef Romance {register now}

Online registration for the webinar is free and easy. If you are in the Galveston area, there is no need to R.S.V.P.; just show up for the chat.

If you want to continue the learning after the chat, the FGBNMS website has an education section that includes resources on the Gulf of Mexico, world puzzles and links for further study of marine sanctuaries. You may also see the notes and images from previously held seaside chats.

The FGBNMS provides attendance verification for students (ex: extra credit for high school students) and Master Naturalists as well as continuing education credit for teachers. Contact Kelly Drinnen for more information.

Seaside Chats 2017
Sea Star Base Galveston
7509 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77554

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