Upcoming Events

Instagram Contest @ Christmas Bay
Oct 20 @ 12:00 am – Nov 26 @ 12:30 am

The beauty of Christmas Bay has inspired photographers from the amateur to the professional for decades to capture its tranquil atmosphere, pristine allure, and the variety of its wildlife. Nature photography has displayed the environmental importance of the Bay, environmentalists have documented threats to it, and sportsmen have chronicled the pleasures of the Bay from fishing, to kayaking, to birding. Pursuing the mission of the CBF to increase public awareness of Christmas Bay, we are holding an Instagram photo contest to encourage the public to show their best work – and best catches! – to help spread the word about this wonderful, valuable, but vulnerable treasure of the Texas coast.

Christmas Bay Foundation Instagram Contest

Dates: Ongoing –  Monthly, Seasonal, and Annual Winners. A winner will be announced each month. Each season a winner from the monthly winners during that season will be named Seasonal Winner, and from the Seasonal Winners, and Annual Winner will be chosen. The winning image will be featured with a credit for the photographer on the Christmas Bay Foundation Home Page during the winning period, and featured in a slideshow on the Photos Page.


  • Eligible locations: All images must be taken at a location anywhere from San Luis Pass (northern boundary) to Surfside beach (southern boundary). Geotagging is preferred..
  • Subjects: Images should focus on one of the following themes, reflecting the beauty and importance of Christmas Bay:Fingerling
    • Environment
    • Dramatic Lighting
    • Recreation.



Fishing at Sunset

  • Hashtag: Photo must be uploaded to Instagram and hashtagged with #christmasbaycontest as well as the category in which it is being entered
  • Following: Participants must “follow” the ChristmasBayFoundation instragram account, and “like” the Christmas Bay Foundation Facebook page:
  • Sharing: Photos must be shared on participants’ Facebook and other social media pages, and on the Christmas Bay Foundation Facebook page.

Judging: Winners will be chosen monthly, seasonally, and annually, based on the number of “likes” the image receives.



Earth Day Activity @ CB 04-23-22 – Sponsored by the CBF
Apr 23 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Earth Day Activity @ CB 04-23-22 – Sponsored by the CBF

The CBF will sponsor an Earth Day activity at CB. We will have a kayaking nature tour of CB and surrounding estuaries led by renowned Naturalist, Bruce Bodson, President of CBF. This tour will touch on the benefits of estuaries and their importance to the environment and marine ecosystem. How the moon affects the tides and the movement of fish. Identify the various critters that live in the bay and shoreline and how they depend upon each other for survival in a challenging environment.

Bruce is an experienced birder and will point out the numerous birds that frequent the area including the extraordinary Roseate Spoonbill, the threatened Reddish Egret, Oystercatchers, Black Skimmers, and a host of other birds that inhabit the coastal estuary.

The tour will begin Saturday morning April 23 at 8 am until noon, where participants will meet at the Kayak Launch4 miles west of Seidler’s Boat Ramp off the Bluewater Hwy near Surfside Texas in Brazoria County. Directions will be included. Kayaks are provided with paddles, lifejacket, and a seat. A whistle will also be included and will be a memento of the trip. We recommend that paddlers bring the following items;

– sunscreen

– wide brimmed hat

– sunglasses

– binoculars

– long sleeved shirt

– water (we provide 1 bottle)

– masks are optional yet encouraged

– mosquito repellent

– booties or hard rubber soled wading shoes

– snacks/sandwiches in a ziplock bag


The reservations are made on a first come, first served basis and we have room for up to 20 paddlers.


Sign up at the CBF website,, with Eric Boatman who will assist you and give you the opportunity to join the CBF.

This trip will fill up quickly and we recommend that you sign up quickly.

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