In Galveston, digging in the sand isn't just for building sand castles. Thanks to The Bucket Brigade program, sponsored by Artist Boat and the Galveston Park Board, the beach can be an exciting classroom where participants can learn about the important relationship between the coastal ecosystem and the people who visit it.
“In Galveston, the beach’s ecosystem is teeming with life,” said Artist Boat Executive Director Karla Klay. “We believe that the more the public knows about how humans are connected to the marine environment, the more likely it is they will become good stewards of it.”
The Bucket Brigade tours are offered Saturdays through May. Beginning Memorial Day Weekend tours will be offered Wednesday-Sunday throughout the summer. The 45-minute tours are held at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tours are offered at a variety of locations along Galveston beaches, including Stewart Beach and 61st Street. More locations will be offered in the summer. Those wishing to participate can sign up for a tour near the lifeguard station at the tour location, where you will see our Bucket Brigade Tours sign.
Volunteers are being sought to lead the tours. For more information about becoming a Bucket Brigade leader, contact Bucket Brigade Coordinator Kendall Guidroz at 409-770-0722.
More information can be found at the Bucket Brigade website: http://www.artistboat.org/bucket-brigade.html or by calling the Artist Boat office at 409-770-0722. Download the official Bucket Brigade Field Guide here.