DATE:  March 27, 2008
CONTACT: Suraida Nanez-James 361.825.2052 or 361.739.6365 (cell); Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337
The Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Introduces High School Students, Teachers to the Laguna Madre

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WHO:   Moody High School Students and Harte Research Institute Researchers
WHAT: HRI Laguna Outreach Project
WHEN:  Saturday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. to Noon (Field Sampling)
Saturday, March 29, 1 to 3 p.m. (Hands-On Seagrass Ecology Lesson with Biochemistry Professor Dr. Patrick Larkin)
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. or Noon for 20 Minute Boat Ride to Field Station. Flexible Pick-Up/Drop-Off Hours If Needed.
WHERE: Marker 37 Boating Dock (Near Snoopy’s and Doc’s Restaurant)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Around 20 ninth-graders from the Moody High School Innovation Academy will collect fish, crab, seagrass and other samples Saturday, March 29, at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Laguna Madre Field Station.
During the Laguna Outreach Project (LOP), Innovation Academy teachers and students will experience a 20-minute boat ride to the field station where they spend the night, collect research data and interact with University professors and Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico scientists and students.

The interdisciplinary research and education initiative, started in fall 2007, is a partnership between the Harte Research Institute and the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Its purpose is to introduce Innovation Academy high school teachers and students to the Upper Laguna Madre and establish a long-term research and education project for the area surrounding the Laguna Madre Field Station.