Children on tablet in school

Annual fundraiser aims to help children learn

How often do school-aged children get to see a penguin up close? Or a seal? Sea turtle? Exotic bird? Or see various trees and plants not native to this area.

Unfortunately, it’s not often. But through a program re-established this year, all elementary school children on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula can visit Moody Gardens to learn more about nature and the environment. Done right, it’s a golden opportunity for the students, as well as a fun day for a class and teacher.

The original program, funded by the Friends of Moody Gardens, was established in 1985 as an outreach program through the volunteer organization. It was set up to bring third- and fifth-graders in Galveston to the sprawling nature park on the island.

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