Artist Boat Offers Inspiration and Education Through Unique Coastal Experiences

Artist Boat programs create inspiration and education through unique coastal experiences.

Join an Artist Boat program lead by their team of Artists and Scientists to experience Galveston like never before. We hope to see you outside at the Coastal Heritage Preserve!

pictured: Artist Boat kayak adventure

Eco-Art Kayak Adventures

Join Artist Boat this summer for a refreshing kayak tour - registration is open for the season! Kayak beautiful Galveston Bay on an eco-art kayak adventure on Saturdays and Sundays until September 6th.

Paddle your cares away as you transform your mindset from everyday humdrum to Coastal Adventure! Nominated for best-guided water tour, Artist Boat is led by scientists and artists. Spot wildlife, identify native plants and taste saltwort! This is great for the entire family!

Spaces are limited to 10 guests. Book your adventure and register today here.

Artist Boat Kayak Adventure.

Marvelous Migration

We are overjoyed to announce that Artist Boat Coastal Heritage Preserve is open to the public for the spring birding migration!

Come experience the preserve at its birding best. Bring your easel, camera, or binoculars to capture the beauty of the spring migration on our slice of permanently preserved coastal prairie and wetlands.

The trails are accessible by paid access only. Register today for your opportunity to explore the Coastal Heritage Preserve among the 403 known species that call it home including birds, otters, coyotes, swamp rabbits, fish, shrimp, and turtles!

Birding in Galveston.

Beautify the Bucket

Help Artist Boat beautify the trash receptacles along Galveston beaches to enhance the views of the beach and catch the eye of visitors.

Your beautiful and clever artwork helps to increase the proper use of the trash receptacles in our Beautify the Bucket Art Competition. Together we can all help to reduce marine debris!

Judging and display occur on June 12th, at Stewart Beach during the World Oceans Day Festival.

Trash Barrels are limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. $20 registration fee. Register here.

Help keep our beaches clean and pristine!

Beautify the Bucket competition.

Marine Debris Art Contest

Artists and ocean-lovers of all ages can submit pieces to display at the World Oceans Day festival on June 12th at Stewart Beach.

Art pieces are comprised primarily of marine debris and demonstrate the effects aquatic trash can have on our oceans and the life that depends on them.

During the festival, our judges will view all submissions, and you can get in on the action too!

Registration is open from now until May 30th, 2021. Artwork must be delivered to Artist Boat by June 9th.

Marine Debris Art Contest.

Summer Camp

Explore, observe and create in the Artist Boat Summer Camp Sessions! Artist Boat Campers will experience true science and art enrichment with outdoor activities and art projects.

Eco-Camps (Ages 11-15)

Week-long camps are being held from June 14-July 23, 2021, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. See the schedule here.

Eco-Art Camp (Ages 5-10)

Week-long camps are being held from June 21-July 30, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. See the schedule here.

Educators Professional Development

Sign up for a professional development course with Artist Boat today. Artist Boat is offering their NOAA BWET: Turn the TIDE on climate change and Extreme Weather Professional Development Workshop for Educators from June 7th – July 1st, 2021 AND NOAA Planet Stewards: Community Resilience to Climate Change Professional Development Workshop for Educators from July 5th - 29th, 2021

Artist Boat is a TEA-certified Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider for Texas. These include live panel discussions with scientists at NOAA, hands-on workshops and activities, kayak trips, and so much more!

To check out the schedule, learn more, or sign up click here. Space is limited so sign up before it’s full!

NOAA Professional Development.

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karla klay


Karla Klay Artist Boat

Karla Klay is the founding director of Artist Boat. She has over 25+ years of experience in arts and environmental education, eco-tourism and public engagement in coastal experiences, and the development of programs to teach students and members of the public about coastal and marine ecology along with actions that result in improved environmental quality. Artist Boat was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2003 to provide fun and inspiring unique coastal experiences to people of all ages through art, science, and conservation.

Raised in the Florida Keys by parents who developed the technology to ship live sharks all over the world to large educational aquariums and with neighbors for dolphins of the Dolphin Research Center she has a very unique childhood with sharks in the backyard and dolphins as childhood playmates. This shaped an individual that has an extreme love of coastal margins, the marine environment, and the Gulf.