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.
Local Lifeguard Certification
Gulf Islands National Seashore requires lifeguard applicants to have a current American Red Cross or equivalent lifeguard certification. Those applicants who are not currently certified can contact their local Red Cross chapters or local aquatic facilities to inquire when classes will be held.
University of West Florida 850-474-2981
Pensacola Junior College 850-484-1311
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Red Cross 228-762-2455
Those interested in applying for a position as a National Park lifeguard may still apply even if enrolled in a lifeguard class during the job announcement period.
Did You Know?
Gulf Islands National Seashore's Fort Massachusetts, on West Ship Island 12 miles off the Mississippi coastline, was covered by the 30-foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The fort has been reopened to the public.