Youth Programming

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 sensory-based learning.  Two programs already in place are the SPLASH Patch Program and The Mermaid Chats; with many more exciting partnerships in development to incorporate art, music, writing and dance, as well as bilingual programming - to celebrate our unique heritage, our sacred waters and to inspire guardianship of both.  

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. 

+ Youth Programming Committee

Jennifer Bloodworth

Laura Baskin

Stephanie Brown

Katie Little

Tracy Severance

Ashley Shelton

Angela Zumwalt

Marieta Hutchison - Youth Programing Director

The Girl Scouts of the Texas Star Service Unit in Buda/Kyle regularly participate in educational programs and recreation involving the San Marcos River, so when we heard that the Mermaid Society needed help developing curriculum for a river guardianship patch program, we were eager to get involved. Our girls love finding innovative ways to help their communities, especially if that involves protecting natural resources and animal habitats. The icing on the cake of this project is that it involves MERMAIDS! We are developing this program so that any child who participates learns not only how to make river conservation a lifetime initiative for themselves, but how they can teach and inspire others to do the same.
— Jennifer Bloodworth, Troop 616, Texas Star Service Unit

Mermaid Chats

An innovative outreach initiative, Maya, Mermaid Society’s mascot, introduces to  children ages K-5th grade ways to become river guardians.

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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.