• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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.

Full Moon Walk November 2011

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: November 2, 2011
Contact: Steamer Lawhead, 850-934-2629


Full Moon/Astronomy Beach Walk at Gulf Islands National Seashore

National Park Service News Release

Gulf Islands National Seashore

1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway

Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

850-934-2600 phone


National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

Pensacola Beach, Florida: On Saturday, November 5th, at 6:00 p.m., join a Gulf Islands National Seashore Park Ranger for an hour-long program on the November full moon and night skies at Langdon Beach Gulf side pavilion in the Fort Pickens area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. This one-hour program follows a planetary lineup of our solar system 100 yards down the Gulf beach and concludes with stargazing and stories about the park species that depend upon dark night skies for their survival. Although including an evening picnic to dine under the full moon is optional, rangers recommend bringing a blanket to sit on during parts of the programs. This free program is a beautiful treat for the whole family and friends.

Although the Fort Pickens area closes at sunset except to registered campers and visitors with valid Night-Owl permits, the entrance station will be open for this program. An $8.00 entrance fee is collected at the Fort Pickens Area and is good for seven days. Visitors who have valid Gulf Islands National Seashore annual pass, the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass Series including Annual, Senior, and Access Passes are admitted free. The Fort Pickens Area will close after the "Full Moon Walk" is over except to registered campers and visitors with valid Night-Owl permits.

For information about this program or others please call the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at 850-934-2600 or visit the park's webpage at www.nps.gov/guis.

Did You Know?

The arches at Fort Massachusetts are made of red and tan bricks.

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.