Join us for one of nature's most spectacular events that occurs every year in the Gulf of Mexico. The annual coral spawning in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is one of the most bizarre and beautiful phenomena you may ever see.
Join us at the Aquarium Pyramid for the Rhapsody on the Reef event. Experience this rare occurence as we live-stream the coral spawning with special presentations from NOAA, the Correa Lab at Rice University, the Galveston Bay Foundation and more! Bask in music, a delightful menu of light hors d'oeuvres and desserts, a cash bar and partake in a silent auction.
Using a definiton from the National Oceanic and Atmoshpheric Administation, coral spawning is when hard (or stony) corals reproduce by releasig their eggs and sperm all at the same tiime. This spawning cycle is one of nature's most spectacular events & you and your date have the chance to watch LIVE as it happens!
Dr. Adrienne Correa of Rice University
Adrienne Correa is an ecologist in the BioSciences faculty at Rice University. Dr. Correa will be discussing the Correa Lab and Moody Gardens partnership for the last two years to train Rice U. scientific divers, expose Moody Gardens team members to field-based research, and to conduct ocean science education and outreach programs for diverse audiences.
Kelly Drinnen is an Education and Outreach Specialist with NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and has been teaching marine science as an informal educator for almost 30 years
T’Noya Thompson of the Galveston Bay Foundation
T’Noya Thompson worked at Moody Gardens in the Animal Care Departmentt for over 12 years before joining the Galveston Bay Foundation as Advocacy Programs Manager. A Texas A&M University at Galveston Alumni, Thompson also received a Global Field Project Master’s Degree in Biology at Miami University through Project Dragonfly and currently serves Community Learning Leader for the program. T’Noya is passionate about collaborating and connection with the Galveston community to preserve Galveston Bay for future generations.
Have you ever wanted to meet a Penguin up-close?! Led by a Moody Gardens biologist, the experience starts at the front of the exhibit and takes guests behind the scenes to the food preparation kitchen and the back of the chilly penguin exhibit while discussing penguin biology, conservation, training, enrichment and care. Participants will experience the cool climate, sounds and even smells of the exhibit!
Our keepers will take you behind-the-scenes of the Rainforest Pyramid for the rare opportunity to meet our Giant Amazon River Otters. Learn about otter biology, conservation, and how these amazing animals are cared for in their private interior Otter Exhibit area. You can then join us for a public Keeper Chat about otters!
Penguin & Seal Experience!
Experience what it’s like to be a keeper at the South Atlantic and North Pacific exhibits for a day. Participants will experience what it is like to take care of the penguins and seals that call Moody Gardens their home in this 4-hour behind the scenes adventure. The morning will be spent assisting the biologists cleaning the penguin exhibit, preparing their diet, watching training sessions, meeting a seal and feeding the penguins!
Art pieces, including 2 LIVE paintings and Penguin Art signed by The Property Brothers!
- 2 LIVE - action Paintings
- Signed SpongeBob Art
- (2) SIgned "My Father, the Captain- My Life with Jacques Cousteau" Books by Jean Michel Cousteau
- Signed Former Houston Rocket, Patrick Beverly, Basketbal and/or Jersey
- Jameson Whiskey Neon Sign
- LandShark Lager Neon Sign
- Deep Eddy Vodka Neon Sign
- Penguin & Seal Experience
- Signed Penguin Art by the Property Brothers
- The Artist Boat Kayak Adventure
- Brew-ding Event! Enjoy Birding at Moody Gardens! Includes the Rainforest and Penguin Exhibits followed by a tour at Galveston Island Brewing!