November Activities in Mississippi

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Date: October 16, 2012
Contact: Susan Blair, 228-875-9057

November Activities at Gulf Islands National Seashore

Davis Bayou, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Ocean Springs, MS: Superintendent Dan Brown invites the public to Gulf Islands for the second annual "Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Let's Move Outside!" festival in Ocean Springs.Brown says, "Bring a picnic lunch and rediscover the wonders of nature and healthy living at your hometown national park".The Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Let's Move Outside! festival will be held Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Enjoy boat rides, nature walks, bird walks, health screenings, a blood drive, and much more!"

Saturday, November 3rd and 24th - 2:00 p.m.- Bike the Bayou

Bring your bike and helmet and join Ranger Mike for "Bike the Bayou!"This is a great way to learn about plants, animals, habitats and other park resources and also get some exercise.This easy 3-mile bike tour will highlight different areas of the park.This program meets at Pavilion #4 and prior sign up is required, call 228-230-4100 or stop by the park to sign up.

Saturday, Nov 10, 10:00 - 3:00 - Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Let's Move Outside!

Enjoy a full day of outdoor fun and healthy living!Join us near the William M. Colmer Visitor Center for a celebration of the great outdoors. This festival includes tours of the marsh by kayak or skiff, fishing, bird walks and nature hikes, and many more recreational opportunities.There will also be free health screenings and a blood drive.All activities are free.Bring a picnic lunch and your family for this fun outdoor event at Gulf Islands!

Sunday, November 11, 18, & 25 - 10:00 a.m. - Marsh Walk

Enjoy an easy stroll along the boardwalks through the marshes of Davis Bayou.Learn about the relationships between plants, animals, and tides in the salt marsh ecosystem.Bring insect repellent and dress for the weather.

Saturday, November 17 - 2:00 p.m. - Burning in the Bayou

Historically this area saw lightning-caused fires every 1-3 years, but a century of fire suppression has changed the landscape.Learn why fire is necessary for a healthy ecosystem during the "Burning in the Bayou" program.Discover how fire renews a landscape and leaves open spaces for pitcher plants and sundews, gopher tortoise and the Mississippi sandhill crane.In a place that regularly sees storm debris piled high, fire cleanses the forest to allow light to reach under the canopy, "sparking" new growth.Join our Junior Ranger Ambassador to learn more!

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