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GALVESTON BAY FOUNDATION

What Is It?: A nonprofit that works “to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come” though advocacy, conservation, education, and research.

 

Help Needed:  Help with Abandoned Crab Trap Removal (February), the Armand Bayou Trash Bash (March), Marsh Mania marsh grass planting (April), or the Bay Day Festival (May), or assist in other ways.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: None.  All ages are welcome for most activities.

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MARSH MANIA (APRIL) AND OTHER GROUP PLANTINGS

Each year hundreds of volunteers help GBF plant marsh grass on a Saturday morning.  More information is here. The 2017 date was April 22nd.

GBF can work with corporate groups, scouts, and youth groups to coordinate group marsh plantings. A minimum number of volunteers is required for most plantings. Planting opportunities are dependent on site availability.

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TRASH BASH AT ARMAND BAYOU (MARCH)

Join more than 800 GBF volunteers as on a Saturday morning in March to collect tons of trash and recyclable materials over a 40-mile stretch of the Armand Bayou during the annual Rivers, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash event.  More information is here.

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ABANDONED CRAB TRAP REMOVAL (FEBRUARY)

Each year, on a Saturday morning in February, volunteers gather to collect and smash abandoned and derelict crab traps, which endanger wildlife and cause other harm.  Help as a boat volunteer (on the water collecting traps), or a land-based volunteer (helping offload traps, smashing them, and tossing them in the dumpster).  More information is here.

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BAY DAY FESTIVAL (MAY)

A popular annual celebration of Galveston Bay on the Kemah Boardwalk at which families and adults enjoy arts and crafts, live animal demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, science and marine exhibits, and live music.  Volunteers help throughout the festival.  Learn more here.

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WATER MONITORING TEAM

Conduct regular water sampling around Galveston Bay that includes chemical analyses, physical testing, and field observations.  Learn more here.  beach

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ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Assistance with organization, data entry, filing, and other administrative tasks is greatly appreciated.  If you’re looking to earn a few volunteer hours after school, utilize your administrative skills, or seeking other special in-office projects, let us know and we may be able to work with you.

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Comments about “GALVESTON BAY FOUNDATION

  • We planted marsh grass with a school group, and I liked it. We helped carry holedigging tools and buckets of marsh grassto the shore. You could plant where it was marshy or wade a little deeper into the water. Someone would make a hole and the other person would stick a stem of grass with the roots on it and sort of pat it into place. When we started the beach was pretty bare but by the end there was lots of grass and it looked good. The people from GBF helped us and had coolers of water and explained what was going on with the bay and gave us lunch at the end. Pretty place! I would definitely do it again. The whole thing took a couple of hours – maybe 3 or 4.

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