Wildlife Guide Training workshop to be held Sept. 27 at Corpus Christi Marina

A hands-on Wildlife Guide Training workshop will be held Sept. 27 at the Corpus Christi Marina in downtown Corpus. The training also has an online component. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will present a Wildlife Guide Training workshop Sept. 27 in Corpus Christi.

“AgriLife Extension’s wildlife guide training is a combination of the live workshop and online training,” said Miles Phillips, AgriLife Extension nature tourism specialist and training coordinator, College Station. “The purpose is to provide necessary wildlife guide training as well as confirmation of guide skills.”

Phillips said registration is now open for the training, and the live Sept. 27 workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Marina Meeting Room of the Lawrence Street T-head marina in downtown Corpus.

“Those successfully completing training are eligible for certification by the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau,” Phillips said.

He said online materials are available until Oct. 31 and address customer service, fish and wildlife identification, interpretive marketing, ecology, recreational fisheries facts, marine science, business plan development and working with tourism industry partners.

“The course teaches wildlife identification of almost 200 species of plants and animals, along with ecology and habitat management, small business marketing and management , and a variety of practical skills needed by the professional wildlife guide.”

The Sept. 27 workshop will include a hands-on marine science program aboard the Karma, a 57-foot teaching vessel, Phillips noted.

Registration is $130 for the complete course, $95 for the online course only and $95 for the Sept. 27 workshop only. To register online, go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and look for “Wildlife Guide Training Workshop” in the events listing or call 979-845-2604 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more course information, call 979-845-1023 or go to http://naturetourism.tamu.edu.

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