The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council board of directors is hosting its annual membership reception and meeting on July 23.

This year’s event, “Save the Green, Nibble and Nosh” is being sponsored by Mitchell Historic Properties and will feature special recognition of volunteers and partners who have made a significant impact on the council during the past year, as well as a presentation by Kelly de Schaun, executive director of the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees.

De Schaun will share strategies to protect local natural resources during periods of economic growth and prosperity. 

Under de Schaun’s direction, the Park Board manages seven island parks with a variety of amenities, including famed fishing facilities at Seawolf Park, pavilions at Stewart Beach and East Beach, RV camping at Dellanera and three pocket parks on the West End. The Park Board also oversees Beach Patrol lifeguarding efforts, beach and seaweed maintenance, and several special events throughout the year.

Before joining the Park Board in October 2011, de Schaun worked for 18 years in the Caribbean tourism industry, leading sustainability initiatives and promoting the growth of ecotourism in the Caribbean. 

The event is open to GINTC members and invited guests. Those interested in learning about the organization are also welcome to attend.

To RSVP, please email

Guests will enjoy refreshments and delicious hors d’oeuvres with a South American flair, catered by the Culinary Program of Galveston College. 

GINTC supports and develops nature-based educational and recreational activities, and promotes the value of area natural habitats and resources.

The organization plays an active role on the city of Galveston’s East End Lagoon development committee and presents several events each year, including FeatherFest, Breakfast with the Sandhill Cranes and Galveston Sea Turtle Saturday and Galveston Sea Turtle Saturday for Kids.

Individual, family and corporate memberships are available. All money collected from memberships is used to further GINTC programs and projects. GINTC is a qualified 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization.


WHAT: Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council Annual Membership Meeting

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. July 23

WHERE: Top Gallant, 2301 Strand

DETAILS: Dress is “Island Casual.”

Anja Borski is a member of the board of the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council.

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