2018 Estuary October

Successful Estuary Education October! Thanks Sponsors!

A significant donation from Formosa Environmental Trust allowed the San Antonio Bay Partnership to grow its Estuary Education program in 2018.  In October, the program provides area school kids and adults with a hands-on educational experience aboard the Floating Classroom Archimedes about the ecology of our local bays. This year the Archimedes conducted 59 trips for 1105 students and 138 adults from area schools, a significant increase over previous years.

Formosa General Manager Rick Crabtree (right) presents SABP Chair Allan  Berger with donation.

According to San Antonio Bay Partnership Board Chair Allan Berger, “The donation from Formosa allowed the program to expand this year to include student trips out of Rockport, Seadrift, Port Lavaca and Palacios. The additional funds supplemented donations from Dow Trust, Wood Family Memorial Trust, San Antonio River Authority, Caterpillar and several individuals and businesses who have supported us for several years. Thank you sponsors!”

Additionally, the acquisition of a traveling touch tank was made possible by a Dow Gives Grant. This greatly extend the program’s reach by being able to take the bay critters to the student when students could not come to the bay.

Archimedes Captain Whitney Curry says the feedback from the students and teachers continues to be overwhelmingly positive. Before/after testing indicates that educational objectives are being met and the many smiles indicate that all aboard have had a fun experience. The two public tours on October 20th allowed folks of all ages to experience the wonders of San Antonio Bay as well.

If you missed this year’s program and want to be notified next October, contact Allan Berger at allanrberger@comcast.net.  Become a sponsor by making your online contribution for this or other SABP programs.  Support Us!

Thank You to our 2018 Generous Sponsors!