The Coastal Studies Laboratory (CSL), established as a marine biology laboratory in 1973 in Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island, was reorganized and expanded in 1985 with a concentration on University education, public education and coastal research.
The CSL’s public displays contain representative species of fauna and flora from the immediate area of the Lower Laguna Madre and South Padre Island. The displays are open to the public and to organized groups by appointment.
The CSL also supports classes and field trips from the University and other schools; many universities in Texas and surrounding states use the CSL facilities for field trips each year. A number of marine-oriented courses are offered at the CSL.