Mermaid Society’s Youth programming is designed to engage children’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for art, nature and the world around them. The traveling educational programs will help to introduce the idea of how children can become stewards of the river by combining science with fantasy. Children learn about nonpoint source pollution, and ecological conservation - focused on the river as a unique habitat in our planet - and inspiring socially and environmentally responsible behaviors. This programming also encourages children to explore and connect with other pertinent resources available to them in our community.
Mermaid Society's youth programming goals of serving every child in San Marcos, is reinforced through interactive presentations and multi-sensory based learning. Two programs already in place are the SPLASH Patch Program and The Mermaid Chats, with many more exciting partnerships in development incorporating art, music, geology and writing, as well as bilingual programming.
Additionally, implementing STEAM disciplines to integrate a cohesive approach to learn about community stewardship and river guardianship is currently in the planning stage.
Our goal is to instill in tomorrow’s leaders a lifelong interest in our town’s history and the preservation of the fragile and wondrous microcosm that is the San Marcos River. Through this programming we aim to foster a culture that contributes to generational protection and preservation of our unique community and natural resources.
"A superhero to children, a vision of artistic beauty, and our connection to the past, present and future. She is as unique and vibrant as San Marcos itself, a freshwater Mermaid deep in the heart of Texas."
An interactive multi-sensory based presentation where students learn the unique heritage of Spring Lake, San Marcos River, endangered and threatened species that inhabit our local waterways.
“Never before has there been a youth program designed to include art, heritage, culture and science in sync to encourage and inspire community stewardship and river guardianship among our youth. “ Marieta Hutchison, Director of Youth Programming
Working in collaboration with Girl Scout troop leaders in the surrounding area, the SPLASH Patch will be made available for all youth who want to be part of helping to inspire community stewardship and river guardianship.