Texas State Aquarium

Registered Name
Texas State Aquarium Association
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The Texas State Aquarium is a nonprofit aquarium located in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. It is dedicated to promoting environmental conservation and rehabilitation of the wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico. It has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1995.

Source: Wikipedia


Annual Budget
December 2018
+3% Growth
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It all began in 1969 with the dream of what corpus christi could be. Visionary community leaders had a bold, yet simple purpose with the texas state aquarium - create educationally enriching and entertaining exhibits and programs to connect people with the nature, and inspire them to care for, and ultimately help conserve the gulf of mexico. Today, after being open to the public for more than 25 years and having educated and entertained 13 million visitors, the texas state aquarium is the leading attraction in south texas, an economic driver of the coastal bend tourism economy, a regional environmental education center reaching more than 70,000 students each year, and an award-winning center for wildlife care and rehabilitation. Beyond our education programs, the aquarium has worked diligently to organize and carry out beach clean-up events in partnership with the texas general land office. In addition to coordinating these efforts, tsa staff conduct educational programs that highlight the effects garbage has on regional wildlife. Finally, our wildlife rehabilitation program "second chances wildlife rehabilitation program" ministers to the needs of hundreds of injured shore and water birds, marine turtles, and marine mammals each year. In 2017 alone, we admitted 522 animals including 66 shorebirds, 283 raptors, and 173 sea turtles. 206 of these animals were treated and released into the wild, including 137 sea turtles. It is through these and many more programs that the texas state aquarium helps preserve our region's rich environmental heritage and empowers millions of visitors to take action to help preserve and protect our natural environment. And finally, as a private, not-for-profit institution, the aquarium has a tremendous economic impact (over 63 million in 2017) without the need for city, county, or state funding subsidies for operations.


At the heart of the aquarium's mission is environmental education. In 2017, over 73,000 students experienced the aquarium through our outreach and distance learning programs, camps, and on-site programs. With the opening of the caribbean journey expansion in May of 2017, students are now given the opportunity to explore and discover the various sea life and habitats of the caribbean sea in addition to the gulf of mexico. The 72,000 sq ft caribbean journey addition replicates the flora and fauna of the the sian ka'an biosphere preserve, a biodiverse region in mexico's yucatan peninsula, so students are now exposed to a lush jungle, simulated mayan ruins, a cenote, and various underwater habitats. Immersive and engaging programs offered through the texas state aquarium's flint hills resources center for excellence in stem education allow us to reach local students as well as conduct virtual programs with students worldwide. The aquarium also continues to conduct professional development sessions for hundreds of teachers each year.


Rob Hall Chair
Larry Urban Past-chair
Julie Buckley Treasurer/ch
Bruce S. Hawn Vice-chair
Judy Hawley Vice-chair
Donald E. Kingsbury Secretary
Thomas Schmid President/ce
Jesse T. Gilbert Senior Vp/co
Denise Tavares Member
Allen Borden Member
R. Scott Heitkamp Member
Charles A. Charlie Hicks Member
Dr Larry Mckinney Member
Julie Mcneil Member
Patty Nuss Member
Thomas E. Tom Dobson Member
Elinor Donnell Member
Sam L. Susser Member
Barry Andrews Member
Pat Frost Member
Peter Holt Member
Esperanza Hope Andrade Member
J. Ted Oakley Member
Robert Maxwell Jr. Member
Mike Shaw Member
Robert A. May Member
Larry Meyers Member
Maureen Miller Member
Eddie L. Garcia Member
Keleigh Sasser Member
Frank J. Scanio III Member
Celika Storm Member
Gloria Hicks Member
Dr Flavius Killebrew Member
Rick Patel Member
Sylvia A. Whitmore Member
John F. Dorn Member
Susan Hutchinson Member
Dr Robert Bob Furgason Member
Mike Pusley Member
Louise Chapman Member
Laura Fischer Member
Mary Campbell Member
Libby Averyt Member
Kim Hammer Member
Nelda Martinez Member
Edward A. Martin Member
Newman Tree Baker III Member
George Finley Member
Dos Gates Member
Charlie Zahn Member
Darcy Schroeder Member
Deneece Squires Member
Kurt Roush Member
Patricia Outtrim Member
Sidney Evans Ii Member
Larry Elizondo Member
Ken Herring Member
George Tanner Member
Cassandra Wolfe Member
Julio Flores Senior Vp/cf
Nicole Andrade Director of
Courtney Mclain VP Developme
Carter Burns Director of
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