Selected Coastal Bend teachers concluded the 2015 Coast to Classroom Teacher Exhibition in which approximately 20 area teachers partnered with scientists on a 4-day journey throughout the inter-coastal waterway.

The educators and scientists disembarked their vessel at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon as they arrived at the Solomon Ortiz Center.

At the conclusion of their journey the educators were welcomed with a presentation on how the Port of Corpus Christi has grown over the years. Since its inception, the port has seen exponential growth in tonnage as well as in the area of materials that are shipped throughout the area.

The educators embarked on their journey on Monday, June 22 and spent their time doing field work and learning more about the waterways.

“I learned a lot about the history of the waterway as well as birding, it was a great time,” said Debora Barry of Banquete High School. “I had never been on the inter-coastal waterway so I was really looking forward to it.”

The educators were in good spirits as they were welcomed off of the “Fling” which is a ship based out of Houston and into the Aransas Pass Conference Room where the final presentation took place. Back on dry land and ready to return home to their friends and family, the teachers of the Coastal Bend expressed gratitude towards each other as well as the crew of the Fling who made the trip one they will not soon forget.

“It was just great, with this crew and such a diverse group of teachers it was just an awesome trip,” said Michelle Wells of Hamlin Middle School. “We have teachers here from all over the Coastal Bend like Rockport, Flour Bluff and Banquete so things have just been great throughout the trip.”