Rising Tide Society



The Rising Tide Society (RTS) is a dynamic group of young leaders and professionals in our community who are passionate about service, education, conservation and furthering the mission of the Texas State Aquarium through fun and engaging events.

The RTS is open to individuals and couples, ages 21 and older, who support the Aquarium as both members and donors.

Rising Tide Society Benefits:

  • Invitations to exclusive receptions with like-minded young Aquarium supporters where you will learn more about the Aquarium and meet our animal ambassadors up close.
  • Networking and Volunteer Opportunities – Make a difference in the community and help further the mission of the Texas State Aquarium while developing your skills both personally and professionally.
  • Recognition in the Aquarium’s Annual Report.
  • Aquarium Membership – Enjoy one full year of free admission to the Aquarium, plus free parking and express entry through our Members Only entrance, a subscription to the Star magazine, a 10% discount at our gift shops and food court, reciprocal benefits at zoos and aquariums across the country, and more!

To learn more about joining the Rising Tide Society, please contact us at risingtide@txstateaq.org.


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Upcoming Events

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Grab your chums and join us on Thursday, October 30 for Shark After Dark at the Texas State Aquarium! Rising Tide Society members and friends will gather from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for mixing, mingling, light bites and libations in the Aquarium’s Islands of Steel exhibit with great underwater views of our resident sharks. We’ll also learn more about these mysterious animals who are facing a variety of threats across our world’s oceans and ongoing state-of-the-art tagging efforts by scientists at the Harte Research Institute that are broadening our understanding of shark ecology along the Texas coast and beyond!


Tickets: $25 in advance / $35 at the door

RTS Members: FREE with RSVP to risingtide@txstateaq.org

All guests must be 21+. Attire is Casual. Glow in the dark jewelry is encouraged! All proceeds will support the Aquarium’s Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program.


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Rising Tide Society 2014 Board of Directors

From left to right: Michael Hunter, Jenna Vanzant, TSA Board Chair Deneece Squires, Jason Gilbert, Loren Rock, and Newman “Tree” Baker III.

 2014 Rising Tide Society Board Members:

Newman ‘Tree’ Baker III, President

Jason Gilbert, Vice President & Membership Chair

Jenna Vanzant, Secretary & Events Chair

Loren Rock, Marketing Chair

Michael T. Hunter, Board Member At-Large

Colette Rye, Past President