There is never a shortage of fun outdoor activities to be found living in the great state of Texas! From hiking trails to pirate cruises, there is always something fun to go explore.

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Watch Dolphins From the Deck of this Floating Classroom

Coming up next week is a fun opportunity for kids ages 12 to 17 to partner up with the Texas Zoo and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to climb on-board a floating classroom for a two-hour tour. This Dolphin Watching excursion has room for 25 students to join in the fun on a first-come-first-served basis.

How Can I Sign My Kid Up?

The Texas Zoo has a limited window for students to sign up on their site for excursions happening on June 18th and June 19th. There is a 10 A.M and 1 P.M. cruise set for June 18th and at 10 A.M. departure on June 19th. All students will need to provide their own transportation to Port Lavaca to be able to board the cruise.

Funding for this opportunity comes from a grant from the Frazier Family Foundation that was given to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Researchers Dr. Dara Orbach (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi) and Liz Jensen (Executive Director of The Texas Zoo) will be alongside Captain Whitney to guide students onboard the Texas Floating Classroom.

Learn Amazing Things About Bottlenose Dolphins

Each departure will last about 2 hours and feature some incredible opportunities to watch dolphins in their natural habitat. Kids can assist in the collection of research that helps track the dolphins that live along the coastal bend. Be sure to charge those phones for some amazing photo opportunities.

What Should I Bring With Me?

Students participating in the cruise should consider bringing with them the following items: Sunscreen, a face covering (mask), a hat, sunglasses, a bottle of water, sea sickness medication if that is something you deal with while on a boat.

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