Rising Tide Society



The Rising Tide Society (RTS) is a dynamic group of young leaders and professionals in our community who are passionate about service, education, conservation and furthering the mission of the Texas State Aquarium through fun and engaging events.

The RTS is open to individuals and couples, ages 21 and older, who support the Aquarium as both members and donors.

Rising Tide Society Benefits:

  • Invitations to exclusive receptions with likeminded young Aquarium supporters where you will learn more about the Aquarium and get up-close and personal with our animal ambassadors.
  • Networking and Volunteer Opportunities – Make a difference in the community and help further the mission of the Texas State Aquarium while developing your skills both personally and professionally.
  • Recognition in the Aquarium’s Annual Report.
  • Aquarium Membership – Enjoy one full year of free admission to the Aquarium, plus free parking and express entry through our Members Only entrance, a subscription to the Star magazine, a 10% discount at our gift shops and food court, reciprocal benefits at zoos and aquariums across the country, and more!

To learn more about joining the Rising Tide Society, please contact us at risingtide@txstateaq.org.


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Upcoming Events: 


Out of Your Shell Spring Social


Get out of your shell and join us for a fun evening at the Aquarium! Rising Tide Society members and friends will enjoy networking, beer and wine, oysters, and other light bites while getting up close and personal with some of the Aquarium’s shelled animal residents. W. Jay Tarkington, Program Director of the Center for Coastal Studies Aquatic Education Program at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi will chat with us briefly about the different uses of oyster shells and a program called Sink Your Shucks, which reclaims oyster shells from local restaurants for use in habitat restoration.


Thank you to our returning Food & Wine Sponsors, Ara’s Midtown Café and Republic National Distributing Company.


Proceeds will benefit the Aquarium’s Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program.


Non-RTS Members: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
RTS Members: $20 with RSVP by Wednesday, April 30


All guests must be 21+
Attire is Business Casual


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For more information on this event or how you can become a member of the Rising Tide Society, please call (361) 881-1324 or email risingtide@txstateaq.org.



2014 Rising Tide Society Board Members:

Newman ‘Tree’ Baker III, President

Jason Gilbert, Vice President & Membership Chair

Jenna Vanzant, Secretary & Events Chair

Loren Rock, Marketing Chair

Michael T. Hunter, Board Member At-Large

Colette Rye, Past President