The Texas State Marine Education Center is located on 27 acres of pristine shoreline west of the Port of Palacios.
Four institutions conduct classes at the Center:
- Palacios Independent School District
- Texas State Technical College
- Wharton County Junior College
- Texas A&M Sea Grant
The center has two classroom buildings, a Diesel Mechanics and Aquatic Science Building, and several Laboratory Buildings. There is an extensive Nature Trail that covers 25 acres of adjacent shoreline and wetlands.