Galveston County Daily News, Jan. 23, 2007  BOLIVAR PENINSULA - Taylor Mayo's exclamation caught her teacher's attention right away. "Oh my gosh," she said. "I found something!" Mayo jumped back from the microscope and spun around until she located science teacher Renee Brawner patiently behind her. "It's a long creature that looks like a snake with, um..." the enthusiastic 13-year-old's description of her find ground to a halt momentarily as she struggled for words to describe the tiny organism she had just spotted. The tiny creature that captivated their attention had been scooped from the chilly water behind Bolivar Peninsula's Crenshaw School just 30 minutes before it became the subject of such intense scrutiny. Brawner and Crenshaw Principal Bill Heuman began dreaming up uses for the nature area as soon as the Crenshaw family donated it to Galveston Independent School District in 2003. As word of their efforts to preserve and protect the habitat spread, the small effort quickly ballooned into a major project. The school received a $26,000 grant from BHP Billiton; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pitched in with surveys and plans for the trail system; and the University of Texas Medical Branch's National Institute for Environmental Health and Science Center helped research financing and coordinated teacher workshops.