2018/19 Get Hip to Habitat Program Request
The Get Hip to Habitat (H2H) school-year program melds together Galveston Bay Foundation’s (GBF) environmental education and habitat restoration initiatives. Get Hip to Habitat integrates traditional classroom learning with “in the field” learning. The program provides a meaningful watershed educational experience for students of participating schools. Participation in the program requires sustained activity and a commitment by teachers and students of a full school year.
  • Program Cost

    The H2H Program fee is $750.00. Fee includes:
    • Up to 12 pools (including all related materials: grass, pots, soil, salt, etc.)
    • 2 field experiences for up to 50 students (fall harvest & spring restoration)
    • Bay Ambassador in-classroom presentation (winter)

    *There is an additional $300.00/field day for classrooms that require additional field trip days for groups larger than 50 students.

    *There is grant funding available for schools that fit the grant criteria in 2018-2019! Please fill out the Scholarship Information section at the end of this page if you are interested in receiving a full or partial scholarship.
  • Program Requirements -

    Before applying, be certain that you meet the following program requirements and responsibilities. This program requires a bit more effort on the part of a school and teacher, but we have seen it transform the lives of students:

    • All events and programs held during school hours.
    • Availability to attend Fall Harvest field events and Spring Restoration Field events.
    • Availability to schedule and participate in a Bay Ambassador classroom presentation.
    • 100% participation by students and teachers in all events including filling out pre/post surveys and evaluations.
    • Timely communication with GBF education team.
    • Campus wetlands must have a nearby water source, a water hose hookup is preferred as well as full sun.
    • No more than 50 students per field event day.
    • Program payment due 2 weeks prior to Harvest date. Scholarship and grant recipients exempt.
    • New schools are required to meet with GBF Education Team before start date.
    • Teacher and students are responsible for plant harvest, plant preparation, and plant restoration responsibilities.
    • Schedule all program dates prior to Harvest date.
    • Receive Dirt Deliveries- Dirt will be delivered to your school the day prior to harvest during the school day, and a teacher or school representative MUST be available to receive the delivery.
    • Lead students in performing water quality monitoring of campus wetlands every two weeks.
    • Submit online student pre-test BEFORE Harvest event, and submit online student post-test AFTER Restoration event (each test takes approx. 5 min).
    • Complete teacher evaluations after Harvest, Bay Ambassador, and Restoration events.
    • Buses, drivers, and substitute teachers will be scheduled and provided by school.
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  • Pre-Program Meeting: NEW SCHOOLS ONLY

    First year participants MUST meet with the GBF Education Staff prior to beginning the program. Let us know your available dates and times below. Please keep in mind that the school principal will need to be at a portion of the meeting.
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  • School Contact Information - ALL SCHOOLS

    Please complete all fields. If unsure, please give your best estimate.
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  • Lead Teacher Contact Information

    Please provide information of the teacher leading the school program and attending the field events. This is the teacher that will be working with the students at the ground level throughout the entire program.
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  • Additional School Information

  • What type of school is this? For example; public, private, home school.
  • Get Hip to Habitat Scholarship Application

    The goal of the H2H Scholarship is to enable schools with limited resources the opportunity to experience hands-on environmental education and habitat restoration initiatives that foster stewards of Galveston Bay. Reducing financial barriers that limit the opportunity to participate in the H2H program is the top priority of the H2H Scholarship.


    • Please continue to fill out the scholarship form if your school is a public school.

    • Schools will NOT be considered for future H2H scholarships if the following requirements / deliverables are NOT met.

    Scholarship Requirements / Deliverables:
    • Bi-monthly update with GBF Education Team.
    • All evaluations filled out.
    • All pre-test and post-tests completed.
  • Scholarship Amount Request

  • Program Date Selection
    (Use the GBF Availability Calendar below for possible dates.)

    Choose three available dates, in order of preference. Choice 1 being your most preferred date.

    If you need more than one day for an event due to group size, please choose all the dates you will require with each preference. Please compare with school and personal calendars to ensure the dates you choose are available.
  • Harvest – Field Event
    (Sept. 6 -Nov. 17)

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    Harvest Dates 2017: September 6-November 17
    *Not Available Mondays*
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    Harvest Dates 2017: September 6-November 17
    *Not Available Mondays*
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    Harvest Dates 2017: September 6-November 17
    *Not Available Mondays*
  • Bay Ambassador – School Visit
    (Dec. 1-Feb. 23)

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    Bay Ambassador: Dec. 1-Feb. 23
    *Not Available Mondays*
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    Bay Ambassador: Dec. 1-Feb. 23
    *Not Available Mondays*
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    Bay Ambassador: Dec. 1-Feb. 23
    *Not Available Mondays*
  • Restoration – Field Event
    (March 21- May 18)

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    Restoration Dates 2018: March 20-May 18
    *Not Available Mondays*
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    Restoration Dates 2018: March 20-May 18
    *Not Available Mondays*
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    Restoration Dates 2018: March 20-May 18
    *Not Available Mondays*
  • Reminders:

    • Events will not be scheduled on a Monday or public holiday
    • Check school calendar to ensure your date choices are not school holidays, testing dates, or other school events
    • Only 50 students per field day. Schedule multiple field days to accommodate 50+ students
    • Choose backup dates for each event as your first choice might not be available
    • If you need a list of TEKS that H2H is aligned with for your specific class, please let us know!

    *Applications will be reviewed in mid-late August to best schedule school dates. Please make sure you fill out this form in a timely manner so we can make sure you're on the schedule!


    Thank you for your interest! If you have questions or would like the most up to date availability, please contact cwilems@galvbay.org