Take a ride - with your own group or alongside your hosts and other animal enthusiasts - for a low-impact 2 1/2-hour tour to four habitats.

Life On The Channel

Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture

The Freshwater Marsh

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

Wetlands and Waders

Wetland Park

Surf/Tidal Pools/Shoreline

South Jetty


Chill out at each site in a comfy chair, looking at island plants and creatures with spotting scopes or binoculars – or you certainly may walk around if you want. You can track your birds on lists specific to our region.


Port “A” – Meet at The Islander 602 S Alister St, Port Aransas, TX 78373. Park next to the two grizzled old sea captains. There is a clean public restroom at the far end of the lot. The tour’s final stop is back where we start- ed, so guests may pick up a souvenir, use the facilities, enjoy the island’s many winding nature trails or head out for a ferry ride, shopping or beach day. Or a nap.

About Your Hosts

Your ever-gracious hosts are experienced, highly qualified, skilled and trained, offer a wealth of knowledge about the flora and fauna and tell about the area’s history and culture with an easy story-telling style. Carla is a Texas Master Naturalist (‘20), hosts at the Texas State Aquarium and documents Kemp’s ridleys for the National Parks Service. A certified teacher, she has a vast, lifelong knowledge of the coast to engage all ages. Bruce is a water guru and avid boater with experience at Mustang Island, the Seattle Zoo, and the Texas State Aquarium. He rescues stranded or cold-stunned turtles for Padre Island National Seashore.


This is very much an outdoor romp through the wilds of an active shoreline and barrier island ecology and habitats. It includes the risk of encountering dangerous saltwater, brackish and freshwater animals and plants that inhabit the wetlands, dunes, swash zone, waves and deeper waters, for example rattlesnakes, alligators, sharks, coyotes, stingrays, crabs, the occasional mean-spirited red-headed duck, also jellyfish, siphonophores (Man o’ War), and poisonous vegetation, thorned cacti and succulents. Not to mention loads of environmental allergens. Once you get past all that, it turns out to be pretty fun. Use common sense and be aware of your personal physical limitations and the conditions and surroundings at all times. Stay within your comfort zone with regard to exertion. Apply sunblock constantly. We look forward to seeing you.
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• Guests under 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian
• Participants must be 6 years old and up
• We cannot promise you will see a particular animal on your specific journey. We absolutely do promise that you will see things you hadn’t expected and go home with a wonderful experience under your belt. We can also promise fresh air.

In the event of force majeure, especially unsafe or inclement weather or conditions, we will follow all safety precautions and issue a full refund if a reservation must be canceled with short notice, in an effort to err on the side of caution. We hope you understand. There will be other days.

Guests may cancel with over 24 hours notice for a full refund.


Individuals assisting others with disabilities or special needs admitted free, with our compliments. -All activities are first-time skill level, appropriate for all ages, done on primarily packed, flat or level sand. Activities can be amped up at your discretion. Swim and enter water at your own risk.

This event is accessible, with the exception of the South Jetty. With 24 hours advance notice, we can provide an alternate location. With 48 hours advance notice, we can provide adaptive equipment, such as a sand wheelchair or wagon.
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