Texas State Aquarium and Valero Make Major Campaign Caribbean Announcement

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 September 4, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium is excited to announce another significant gift for Campaign Caribbean, the Aquarium’s capital campaign which will fund the largest expansion in its 24-year history. Today, continued partner Valero announced a generous $500,000 gift to Campaign Caribbean, which surpassed the crucial midway point of achieving its $50 million goal earlier this year and has a groundbreaking scheduled for late this year.

The major gift will sponsor the new entryway into the Caribbean Journey experience, introducing guests to the sights, sounds, and vibrant wildlife of the Western Caribbean. “For more than three decades, Valero has been committed to the Coastal Bend Region through the jobs we create and the contributions we invest in our community,” said Dennis Payne, Vice President and General Manager, Valero Corpus Christi Refineries. “Today’s gift for the Texas State Aquarium is another demonstration of our commitment to Corpus Christi, especially causes that focus on education and environmental sustainability. It’s Valero’s hope that this new entryway will usher in a wave of excitement for tourists, residents, and businesses across the state.”

Texas State Aquarium President & CEO Tom Schmid commented, “Since the opening of the Aquarium almost 25 years ago, Valero has been a great partner and great patron. Valero has been consistently generous and helped us advance our mission. This latest investment affirms their commitment to environmental education, wildlife conservation, and economic development in this community, and throughout Texas.”

The $50 million Caribbean Journey addition – which completes the final two phases of the Aquarium’s original master plan – will transform the Texas State Aquarium from a leading regional aquarium to one of the top aquariums in the nation.

In late 2012, the Texas State Aquarium launched the leadership phase of Campaign Caribbean, a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds for construction of the Caribbean Journey wing. At 65,000 square feet, the new Caribbean Journey wing will be significantly larger than the original Gulf of Mexico exhibit building.  “The new wing will be 50 percent larger, however, in terms of indoor exhibit space. It will more than double what we currently have,” said Aquarium President & CEO Tom Schmid.  “This is going to be a multi-level, highly immersive, state-of-the-art experience.”

Visit texasstateaquarium.org/caribbean to take the Caribbean Journey.

 

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Texas State Aquarium: Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

 

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The Current Presents: Stingray Science September!

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At the Texas State Aquarium, we’re slinging stingray science!

The stingrays featured in our exhibits are the Southern, Atlantic, and cownose species, and they are all native to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Atlantic stingray is actually pointed and resembles the letter “A.” The cownose has a rounded nose that very much looks like a cow’s, and the Southern stingray is equipped with a wide-angled wingspan. All stingrays’ mouths are located on the bottom of their bodies and most contain crush plates, allowing them to break through the tough shells of crustaceans like shrimp, clams, and crab.

While pop culture and certain accounts assert otherwise, stingrays are not naturally aggressive animals. The often misunderstood creatures will only protect themselves when they feel threatened.  One way to make sure you don’t accidentally scare one is to make sure you always do the “Stingray Shuffle.” When walking or wading in shallow waters where these animals live, place your feet right next to each other, and take short steps, being sure to kick up sand. Walking like this will trigger the stingray’s electrical sensors and alert them to your presence, allowing them ample time to swim away.

Stingray barbs – the pointed tips of their tails – are poisonous and can be dangerous. If you or someone you know is ever stung by a stingray, do NOT pull the barb out. Barbs have sharp, serrated edges like steak knives. After seeking immediate medical attention, either rinse the area with hot water, or wrap a towel soaked in hot water around the wounded area. Because a stingray’s toxin is protein-based, very hot water helps to break it down.

Stingrays are cartilaginous animals and belong to the same family as sharks and skate. 

You can visit our stingrays in the Stingray Lagoon, Amazon, and Shark Touch exhibits!

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Aquarium Returns a Rehabilitated Barn Owl to the Wild

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On June 13th, a barn owl was brought to the Aquarium’s Second Chances Wildlife Hospital after being found with its feet swollen and entangled in fibers. After receiving treatment and for its injures, the bird made a remarkable recovery and was returned back to the wild.

For more information about the Wildlife Rehabilitation Program, please visit:http://texasstateaquarium.org/conservation/second-chance-wildlife-rehabilitation-program/

Texas State Aquarium Announces Monumental Expansion

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Caribbean Journey to More Than Double Size of Aquarium

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium is excited to announce today the largest expansion in its 24 year history. Bringing the sights, sounds, and vibrant wildlife of the Western Caribbean to the shores of Corpus Christi, this $50,000,000 Caribbean Journey addition – which completes the final two phases of the Aquarium’s original master plan – will transform the Texas State Aquarium from a leading regional aquarium to one of the one of the top aquariums in the nation. 

 

In late 2012, the Texas State Aquarium launched the leadership phase of Campaign Caribbean, a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds for construction of the Caribbean Journey wing. Today, continued partner H-E-B announced a lead gift of $3 million to Campaign Caribbean, which has now reached the crucial midway point of the $50 million goal, enabling the Aquarium to commission final construction documents and move forward with groundbreaking scheduled for late this year.  Rob Hall, Group Vice President of H-E-B Gulf Coast Region stated, “The Texas State Aquarium is one of the most significant educational resources in our state.  H-E-B is pleased to continue our partnership with the aquarium because we believe this investment represents our passion for education and our commitment to the communities we serve.”

 

At 65,000 square feet, the new Caribbean Journey wing will be significantly larger than the original Gulf of Mexico exhibit building.  “The new wing will be 50% larger, however, in terms of indoor exhibit space, it will more than double what we currently have,” said Aquarium President & CEO Tom Schmid.  “This is going to be a multi-level, highly immersive, state-of-the-art experience.”

 

Visit www.texasstateaquarium.org/caribbean to take the Caribbean Journey.

Texas State Aquarium: Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

www.texasstateaquarium.org

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Texas State Aquarium Returned a Rehabilitated American Bittern and American Bittern to the Wild 

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – On Friday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m., the Texas State Aquarium released two birds back to the wild – a Cooper’s hawk and an American bittern. The Cooper’s hawk was brought to the Aquarium’s Second Chances Wildlife Hospital February 23rd after flying into a glass window. The Cooper’s hawk is native to North America and is commonly found in south Texas and Mexico. The American bittern was brought to the Wildlife Hospital mid February, with an apparent wing injury. Bitterns are a species of wading bird belonging to the heron family. After receiving treatment for their injuries, both birds were returned back to the wild.

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Texas State Aquarium–Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.

www.texasstateaquarium.org

Unique Lionfish Cooking Course and Tasting Event

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April 4, 2014
Texas State Aquarium Hosts Unique Lionfish Cooking Course and Tasting Event

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – On Tuesday, April 15, forget the stresses of tax day and join the Texas State Aquarium for a fascinating and exciting evening as we present “Incredible Edible Lionfish!”, our Sensational Sustainable Seafood cooking program for the month and a very unique dining experience. The event will be held in the Aquarium lobby from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

This very special edition of our monthly Sensational Sustainable Seafood cooking class will offer you the opportunity to be one of the first people in the Coastal Bend to sample lionfish, which will be prepared as part of a cooking demonstration and competition between local chefs from Tavern on the Bay and Doc’s Seafood & Steaks.

In addition, guest speaker Jorge Brenner from The Nature Conservancy will explain the history of how this beautiful but venomous species was introduced to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico and what efforts are being made to regulate its population.

Don’t miss this very special night at the Aquarium! Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and include chef tastings, appetizers, a flaming dessert from Water’s Edge Catering, and a fascinating educational program. Also available will be a cash bar, door prizes, and a silent auction with proceeds supporting education and control of lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico. To reserve your seats, call (361) 653-2654 or email jgrumman@txstateaq.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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Texas State Aquarium–Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

www.texasstateaquarium.org

Texas State Aquarium and Flint Hills Resources Partner to Create Flint Hills Resources Center for Excellence in STEM Education

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March 21, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium (TSA) and Flint Hills Resources (FHR) are uniting forces to create the Flint Hills Resources Center for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education at the Texas State Aquarium. Focused through the familiar lens of environmental education, the Center will place a powerful new emphasis on STEM practices and skills featuring the habitats and animals of Gulf of Mexico that are featured at the Aquarium.  This new approach will improve STEM teaching, learning, and career recruitment in South Texas and beyond – an issue of importance to the Aquarium, Flint Hills, and our community.

The Center is made possible thanks to a $1 million gift to the Aquarium by Flint Hills Resources, which has been the presenting partner for the Aquarium’s distance learning program, Aquavision, since 2007 and a strong supporter of the Aquarium for over 25 years. The Center will work over the next five years to provide leadership in the STEM education community, empower staff and area educators with best and “next” practices, demonstrate excellence in STEM and environmental education through an emphasis on science process skills, double program participation from 60,000 to 120,000 learners per year, and produce measureable gains in environmental, marine, and general STEM literacy among all audiences.

“Our long-standing partnership with the Texas State Aquarium has helped students from all around the country learn about marine life, and concepts tied to science, technology, engineering and math without having to leave their classroom. We are happy to be able to help TSA expand its programs and enrich the lives of twice as many students,” said Valerie Pompa, vice president and manufacturing manager for Flint Hills Resources Corpus Christi. “We enjoy being able to help showcase the amazing natural resources that exist in our community.”

According to TSA President and CEO Tom Schmid, “For over 25 years, Flint Hills Resources has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the Texas State Aquarium and our educational efforts.  Now, with this transformational gift, Flint Hills Resources and the Texas State Aquarium are taking on a leadership role in science education in South Texas.  The new Flint Hills Resources Center for Excellence in STEM Education will allow us to help definitively tackle the challenge of improving STEM teaching and learning for Coastal Bend students and teachers.”

Center activities will commence this summer with a large community Open Space meeting to map the Center’s philosophy, vision, mission, and priority projects. Open Space Technology is singular in its ability to discover, capture, and prioritize best and “next” practices. Other highlights of the Center’s plans include advisory panels comprising a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including formal and informal educators, parents, K-16 school administrators, STEM professionals, partner organizations, and Aquarium members; teaching fellowships; STEM professionals in residence; an expanded distance learning program; an approach that includes increased relevance for learners; and contextual, experiential, and discovery-based learning.

Texas State Aquarium Director of Education and Conservation Leslie Peart remarked, “In other words, our plans for the Center will help us to move learning out of the classroom and leave lecture behind through engaging, experimental methods.”

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Texas State Aquarium: Connecting people with nature and inspiring conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

www.texasstateaquarium.org