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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:
Start your Earth Day in our Herb Garden with the Galveston County Master Gardeners, as they teach easy gardening tips on Texas butterfly gardens. Children can also enjoy plenty of activities including make-and-take recycled pots and other crafts.
- 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oleander Festival in the Visitor Center
- 10:30 a.m. Seal Presentations at Aquarium Pyramid*
- 11 a.m. Penguin Feedings at Aquarium Pyramid*
- 11 a.m. Butterfly Release at Rainforest Pyramid*
- 11 a.m. Free Master Gardener Presentations at Discovery Pyramid (Saturday only)
- 11:30 a.m. Sky King Falconry Bird Presentation at Herb Garden (Saturday only)
- 11:30 a.m. South Pacific Exhibit Dive at Aquarium Pyramid*
- 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Arts and Crafts by the Discovery Pyramid
- 1 p.m. Ocelot Presentation at Rainforest Pyramid*
- 1 p.m. Free Master Gardener Presentations at Discovery Pyramid
- 1:30 p.m. Sky King Falconry Bird Presentation at Herb Garden (Saturday only)
- 2 p.m. Caribbean Tank Dive at Aquarium Pyramid*
- 2:15 p.m. Seal Presentations at Aquarium Pyramid*
- 3 p.m. Penguin Feedings at Aquarium Pyramid*
- 3 p.m. Butterfly Release at Rainforest Pyramid*
- 3 p.m. Free Master Gardener Presentations at Discovery Pyramid
- 3:00 p.m. Sky King Falconry Bird Presentation at Herb Garden (Saturday only)
*Pyramid admission not included
EARTH DAY WEEKEND SAVINGS
Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation and research.
Volunteering is a great way to boost morale and promote team building for your company, organization, or student group. Corporate and group volunteers at Moody Gardens have an opportunity to get involved with ground work and special events, such as the Festival of Lights.
At Moody Gardens, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the help of our incredible volunteers. We depend on them for assistance in many areas of operation.
The Corporate and Group Volunteer Program allows participants to provide hands-on assistance in many areas, including but not limited to:
- Gardens and grounds keeping (mulching, planting, and weeding)
- Exhibit upkeep
- Event preparation
- Cleaning attractions, such as the lazy river and playground structures, and surfaces
- Paint and change bulbs for the Festival of Lights
- Special events, such as Ghostly Gardens, Easter in the Gardens, and Festival of Lights
Corporate and Group Volunteer Program details:
- Weather permitting, groups may volunteer year round
- Highest need for volunteers is between September and May
- A maximum of 50 volunteers will be accepted
- Groups are taken on a first-come, first-served basis
- There is a 4-hour minimum requirement
- Must be 16 years or older
- Children may not accompany adults while volunteering
- Each participant must sign a liability waiver
Volunteering with a group gives you the opportunity to become part of the conservation and education efforts that are a major aspect of Moody Gardens. You also have the chance to give back to your community and meet new people.
When you aren’t spending your time helping us out, be sure to check out the popular attractions, such as the Rainforest Pyramid and Aquarium Pyramid. For overnight stays, check out one of the best places to stay in Galveston—the Moody Gardens Hotel. We are so appreciative of our volunteers, and look forward to working with you soon!
At Moody Gardens, we have thousands of animal residents and a huge variety of different species! Keep reading to learn more about these exciting creatures from all over the world.
Pygmy Loris: A Pygmy loris is a mammal that can be found in the rainforests and bamboo groves throughout Asia, including China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. This wooly creature has a brown coat and grows to be up to ten inches long and weighs about two pounds. They are recognized by their large eyes and small ears. Pygmy lorises are nocturnal animals that feed on small invertebrates, eggs, small reptiles, fruits, and vegetation. They can easily climb trees because of their opposable thumbs and strong hands and feet. The Pygmy loris is a threatened species, but cooperative breeding and conservation by various organizations is helping to ensure their survival.
Gentoo Penguins: We have a special place in our heart for the penguin residents at Moody Gardens! The Gentoo penguin can be found on the sub-Antarctic islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. They are recognizable by their red eyes ringed in white feathers, with a white patch above each eye that extends over their head. Their black beak has a vibrant orange “swish” and they waddle around on orange feet. The Gentoo penguin is listed as a lower risk-near threatened species because of habitat destruction.
Ocelot: The ocelot is an endangered medium-sized wild cat with tawny fur and irregular dark brown spots and stripes. They come from arid and forested habitats all over the world, including many parts of Central and South America. Ocelots are terrific swimmers that hunt during the night feeding on small deer, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, birds, other small mammals, and sometimes they go fishing!
Moody Gardens is dedicated to the care and survival of animals. We go to great lengths to make sure we provide a comfortable home for our animal residents and provide assistance to animals in need.
Moody Gardens has worked with the Marine Stranding Network and other organizations to help rescue injured animals and rehabilitate them. Moody Gardens has helped to provide aid in the recovery and release of marine animals, such as dolphins and turtles, back into the wild.
A permanent home is also provided for animals that may not be able to survive in the wild, as in the case of Porter. Porter was a newborn abandoned harbor seal pup that needed treatment for dehydration and injuries. After the Marine Animal Lifeline nursed him back to health, he did not have the survival and hunting skills necessary to be released back into the wild. He is now a permanent resident of the Aquarium Pyramid’s North Pacific Exhibit.
At the Seahorse Symphony Exhibit in the Aquarium Pyramid, visitors are reminded of the quickly diminishing seahorse population. It’s estimated that each year around 20 million seahorses are taken from the ocean to be used as souvenirs, pets, and for medicine. Project Seahorse is a collaborative international effort that focuses on conservation habitats, educating visitors, and making a difference for the seahorse population.
The efforts of Moody Gardens have been as widespread as South America, where a rescue team helped save a colony of Caribbean Flamingos after their home was attacked by jaguars. Also, the King Penguins at Moody Gardens are a genetically desirable group that have been part of a breeding exchange program with other institutions, helping to ensure their species survival.
Come visit the King Penguins and Porter the seal at the Aquarium Pyramid on your next family weekend getaway in Texas. Don’t forget to stop in and see the variety of animal residents at the Rainforest Pyramid! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Boy and Girl Scouts can come for a day of fun and learning at Moody Gardens, and earn badges and merit badges through our Scout Programs.
Each scout workshop includes hands-on activities, a Moody Gardens attraction visit, and a guaranteed good time! While scouts are having fun, they are also meeting most or all of the requirements needed to earn specific badges.
For Cub Scouts, we offer badges for Wolves, Bears, and Webelos. For $100.00, up to ten participants (including chaperones) can participate and earn the following badges:
- Wolves: Elective 13, Birds
- Bears: Achievement 5, Sharing Your World
- Webelos: Naturalist Activity Badge
Each additional participant is $10.00 per person. We also require one chaperone for every five cub scouts, and non-scout children are not permitted to attend the workshop.
Reservations are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance. Call 1-800-582-4673, ext. 4325 or email us at email@example.com for information and reservations.
For Boy Scouts, we offer Merit Badge Day, which gives them the opportunity to finish most of the requirements for a merit badge in just one day.
Upcoming Merit Badge Days at Moody Gardens include:
February 16, 2013 (Register on January 21, 2013)
- Environmental Science $25
- Communications $25
- Oceanography $20
- Nature $25
March 23, 2013 (Register on February 18, 2013)
- Communications $25
- Soil & Water Conservation $20
- Mammal Study $20
- First Aid $25
April 20, 2013 (Register on March 25, 2013)
- Oceanography $20
- Environmental Science $25
- Nature $25
- Bird Study $20
Registration begins at 9 a.m. on the designated days. Call 1-800-582-4673, ext. 4320 or 409-683-4320 to register. Private Merit Badge workshops are available for a minimum of ten scouts, and two weeks’ notice is required. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Each year, Moody Gardens makes an effort to bring attention to parts of the world and certain animals in need of support. This past year was the Year of the Bat, as declared by the United Nations. Throughout the year, a variety of events were held at Moody Gardens to bring attention to this important animal, which is often overlooked.
Moody Gardens to raised money to donate to Bat Conservation International (BCI). BCI conducts and supports science-based conservation efforts for bats around the world. They work with many other organizations to combine research, education, and direct conservation to maintain bats’ environments and survival far into the future.
One of the first events at Moody Gardens was the Bats Are Doin’ It: A Fundraiser for Animal Lovers. The event was held in February at the Moody Gardens Visitor Center and tickets ranged from $50-$90. Proceeds from ticket sales (including raffles) and donations were donated to Bat Conservation International. The event also brought attention to the ecological importance of bats, such as eating harmful insects and pollinating crops, such as bananas and mangoes. The purpose of the event was not only to raise funds, but also to increase appreciation for the misunderstood species.
A second Year of the Bat event held at Moody Gardens was the Bats for Bats Fundraiser. Starting in October and going on for several weeks, Moody Gardens held online auctions of sports memorabilia. Items such as a Texas Rangers’ Michael Young autographed photo were sold and the proceeds donated to BCI.
Now that 2012, the Year of the Bat, is over, we are looking forward to any future conservation efforts Moody Gardens will be making!
By adopting a Moody Gardens Animal, you don’t get to take the exotic creatures home with you, but you do get to contribute to providing them with a quality life. Moody Gardens is home to over 5,500 animals, and it costs over $150,000 to feed all of them each year.
By becoming an adoptive parent, you are helping to contribute to the cost of food, care, habitat improvements, and animal enrichment.
The following animals are available for adoption:
- Weedy Sea Dragon
- Harbor Seal
- Brown Shark
- Sand Tiger Shark
- False Clownfish
- Blue Tang
- Dogface Pufferfish
- Yellow Tang
- Bahamas Starfish
- Raccoon Butterflyfish
- Peppermint Cleaner Shrimp
- Blacktip Reef Shark
- French Angelfish
- Queen Triggerfish
- Southern Stingray
- Cownose Stingray
- White Spotted Bamboo Shark
- King Penguin
- Chinstrap Penguin
- Rockhopper Penguin
- Gentoo Penguin
- Macaroni Penguin
- Northern Fur Seal
- Military Macaw
- White-face Saki Monkey
- Giant River Otter
- Pink Pigeon
- Cottontop Tamarin
- Pygmy Slow Loris
- Lake Victoria Cichlids
- Red Bellied Piranha
- Prehensile Tail Porcupine
- Blue Hyancith Macaw
- Scarlet Macaw
- Green Anaconda
- Green Basilisk
When you become a part of the Adopt-An-Animal program at Moody Gardens, you receive a personalized certificate of adoption, 5×7 color photographs, and an animal fact sheet. However, with a higher-level adoption package you will receive even more benefits.
The following are the available adoption packages:
Level I – $35.00
- Certificate of Adoption – personalized
- 5×7 Photograph
- Fact Sheet
- Recognition on “Adoptive Parents” board
Level II – $75.00
- All Level I benefits
- Father’s Day and/or Mother’s Day card
- 2 Aquarium Pyramid or 2 Rainforest Pyramid Tickets
Level III – $100.00
- All Level II benefits
- Name on Adoptive Parent Web Board
- Invitation to Adoptive Parent Event (+1 guest)
Level IV – $200.00
- All Level III benefits
- 2 Aquarium Pyramid or 2 Rainforest Pyramid Tickets
- Guided tour of Rainforest Pyramid or Aquarium Pyramid for 2
At Moody Gardens, we are not a seasonal attraction that is only open certain times of the year. The fun here is nonstop and year-round! While we do have seasonal attractions, such as Palm Beach and Festival of Lights, we also have our popular Aquarium Pyramid and Rainforest Pyramid, and tons of events each month.
If you do happen to come during the winter or summer seasons, you can’t miss the Festival of Lights or Palm Beach. The Festival of Lights includes over 1 million holiday lights, and is the largest holiday lights festival in the area! Palm Beach opens in the summer, providing guests and island residents with Galveston’s only white sand beach!
Year- round attractions you can’t miss include:
- Aquarium Pyramid
- Penguin Encounter
- Rainforest Pyramid
- Discovery Museum
- Colonel Paddlewheel Boat
Moody Gardens also offers three different theaters that provide unique cinematic experiences. Catch your next film at the Moody Gardens 3D Theater, Ridefilm Theater, or the 4D Special FX Theater. Each theatre provides a different kind of experience, from a regular 3D viewing to a ride featuring a 180-degree wraparound screen!
Be sure to stay up to date with our Calendar of Events. Each month we have Birding 101 and Birding 201. These free classes are designed to teach visitors about the variety of bird life living on Galveston Island. The classes are presented by Moody Gardens and Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council and available twice a month.
We also offer Pyramid Camp for kids each month, with a variety of different themes. Sign your kids up for Pyramid Kids Camp: Catch Me If You Can in February or Pyramid Kids Camp: Primate Palooza in April!
Learn more about the fun at Moody Gardens by exploring our website.
Experience Moody Gardens a little bit before you come visit us! At moodygardens.com, we offer live webcams allowing you to get a real time view of what the animals of Moody Gardens are up to! Our live webcams keep track of the seal exhibit, the penguins, the rainforest watch cam and a pyramid view! Since Moody Gardens is dedicated to the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research, we want you to be able to experience as much of what we do as possible.
You can watch the penguins jumping in and out of the water, cuddling up, or gathering around for mealtime. Penguins are always having fun and doing funny things.
Catch a glimpse of the beautiful, brightly colored birds perching on trees on the live rainforest watch cam. You never know which rainforest creature you are going to get to see, but it’s always interesting.
The large seals are especially fun to watch, especially during their feeding time. They love coming up out of the water to greet the great people who take care of them on a daily basis. Sometimes the seals will disappear for a little bit for a nap, but then pop back on up on the screen swimming around belly-up!
Our pyramid view is especially helpful if you want to check the exact weather conditions of the Moody Gardens grounds. The live webcam gives a clear view of the sky, so you can check for dark clouds or beautiful sunny skies.
The live webcams at Moody Gardens also give you the opportunity to see firsthand how the animals are cared for. Watching live mealtimes, or just seeing the caretakers interacting with the animals provides an up close look at the daily lives of our favorite animal residents.
If you’re looking for a fun place to visit on your Texas weekend family getaways, come see us at Moody Gardens. Explore the Aquarium Pyramid and Rainforest Pyramid and then catch a movie at the Moody Gardens 3D Theater. We look forward to seeing you soon.