• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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  • Partial Closure on Horn Island

    Small portion of Horn Island, Mississippi, closed to entry due to discovery of asbestos and possible other bio hazards. Click on more for map and press release. More »

  • Shorebirds Nesting Near Roads - 20 mph

    Shorebirds are nesting near roads and cross the road regularly. Observe posted speed limits and be alert for tiny birds on the roads. Last year 155 birds were killed on park roads, help us reduce the mortality rate of these beautiful birds and go slow.

For Kids

Join in Gulf Islands National Seashore's Junior Ranger Day Camps, Ages 6-8, for the Florida District, 2014.

Click here for the Junior Ranger Day Camp, Ages 9-11, Florida District, 2014.

Mississippi District Youth Programs

 
Children join a park ranger for a beach walk.

School group on a Beach Walk.

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The Seashore has many programs for children including Junior Rangers (ages 6-11) and Sea Stars (ages 3-5.) Children can complete Junior Ranger, Sea Star, and Seashore Patch booklets while they are visiting Gulf Islands National Seashore. If a group of 11 or more children completes the Seashore Patch Handbook, the group receives a 20% discount on the purchase of a Gulf Islands patch or pin for each participant.

Curriculum-based programs are available October-November, March-April. In Florida call 850-934-2600 for more information. For students going to the Davis Bayou Area in Mississippi, a self-guided educational program called Motion, Adaptation, Resources, Similarities and Habitat (M.A.R.S.H) is available. For information on Mississippi programs call 228-875-9057.

 
Children-around-Ranger-looking at tiny fish

Ranger showing children a fish that was found in grass beds.

Become A WebRanger!

The National Park Service's online Junior Ranger program is for kids of all ages. With more thatn 50 online games, you can have fun learning about your national parks, monuments, and historic sites.

 

 
 
 

Did You Know?

The long roots of the sea oats help hold the dunes together.

The stunning sugar white beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore are composed of fine quartz eroded from granite in the Appalachian Mountains. The sand is carried seaward by rivers and creeks and deposited by currents along the shore.