Matagorda Bay Nature Park: Outdoor Programs

Education Programs

​Elementary Education Programs

A Slice of the Watershed

Historically, people live and work near watersheds and river basins. But living near water isn’t enough. Droughts and floods have taught us that water management is vital for sustaining reliable water supplies needed for cities, farming and industry. In this activity, students will build a surface water and groundwater model and apply water system concepts.


Salt Marsh Munchers

Texas wetlands serve as a nursery for nearly all the recreational and commercial fish species and one-third of the threatened and endangered fish species in the Gulf of Mexico. Students will explore wetland characteristics, identify the environmental components of a salt marsh, and investigate how organisms adapt to life in this unique environment. Students will discover the importance of protecting the wetlands.


Water Coursing Through History

Water is important to all members of a community. The need to conserve and manage water supplies becomes increasingly important as demands for this limited resource grow. Students will simulate changes in a watershed over time and represent different water users whose needs exceed the amount of available water. This program encourages students to practice math skills, evaluate scientific thoughts and social behaviors, and discuss environmental concerns in their communities.

Upper Elementary Education Programs


Ride the Electric Wave

The Lower Colorado River Authority provides many Texans with electricity generated from a variety of sources. Learn how energy is created through hydroelectric, solar, gas, coal and wind generation. Students will learn the forms of energy, how to identify renewable and non-renewable sources of energy, and compare methods of energy transformation devices.

Trapped in Chains and Webs

Every living creature is unique, yet tied to each other by food chains and food webs. Students will learn about producers, consumers and decomposers, and how people can affect this delicate balance. Students also will learn about habitat zones and discover why it is important to protect and conserve all elements of the environment.

Sand and Sediments of the Matagorda Bay Area

The sands and sediments along the Texas coast have a story to tell. In this activity, students will determine causes of erosion and sediment deposits using shapes, sorting and size information. Students will gather information about the region’s geological history, marine life and variations in flow patterns of water currents.

Shelling Out Fun

Finding shells on the beach is fun for all ages. Scientifically identifying shells involves sorting and classifying. This process groups organisms that share physical characteristics, then separates organisms based on their unique features. Students will gather, sort, create and classify shells on the beach.

Middle School Education Programs


Defining Laws of Motion

Students experience Newton’s Laws of Motion and investigate the scientific definition of work while performing specific kayak maneuvers on Matagorda Bay. Paired students will work with a facilitator to identify force, motion and work while using a wedge and lever and experiencing the waters that need care in Matagorda County. Liability waivers required.


Middle and High School Education Programs

Naturally Changing – Erosional Deposition at the Coast

Natural processes are constantly changing and shaping the coastal regions. Elevation and climate affect the rate of change as rivers deliver sediment to the Texas beaches. Beaches are the accumulation of sediment along the landward margin of the ocean. Regardless of the beach composition, the material does not stay in one place. Students will work with stream tables, various substrates and other agents of erosion and sediment deposits to examine the changing nature of streams, rivers and beaches.

Natural Science Education Programs Price List

Our educational programs reinforce the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) objectives.

Number of Participants

Program Length


Each program up to 30 students


1 hour

$90 per program

31+ students

$3 per student

Each program up to 30 students


2 hours

$150 per program

31+ students

$6 per student

*Minimum of 2 programs per visit

Coastal Investigation comparative study includes kayaking

Limited to 40 students per day

$35 per student

How to Register:

Contact: LCRA’s Matagorda Bay Natural Science Center
800-776-5272, Ext. 4740, or 979-863-2603
P.O. Box 312 · Matagorda, TX 77457
Email: matagordabay@lcra.org

Programs Guide​


Download the Matagorda Bay Nature Park Natural Science Programs Guide.

How to Register

Contact: LCRA’s Matagorda Bay Natural Science Center

800-776-5272, Ext. 4740, or 979-863-2603
P.O. Box 312
Matagorda, TX 77457

Email: matagordabay@lcra.org