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.
October Activities in Ocean Springs, MS
Contact: Susan Blair, 228-875-9057 X 4106
Contact: Stacy Speas, 228-875-9057 X 4118
October Activities at Gulf Islands National Seashore
Davis Bayou, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Ocean Springs, MS: As the weather cools, the plants and animals of Davis Bayou prepare for the winter season."The public is invited to explore and enjoy the bayous and barrier islands of Gulf Islands National Seashore during the crisp, fall weather.New programs are offered in the Mississippi District as fall arrives," said Dan Brown, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Saturday, October 6 - 10:00 a.m. - Alligator Walk
Alligator or crocodile?Join a park ranger at Pavilion #4 in the Davis Bayou picnic area to find out about the habitat and adaptations of Mississippi's largest reptile.Weather permitting, we will take a walk to the pond to look for alligators.This program is appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, October 13 - 10:00 a.m. - Archaeological Excavation Techniques
Join a park ranger to commemorate Archaeology Month.Learn how to scientifically excavate a mock archaeological site.Participants will use archaeologists' tools of the trade, while carefully excavating and documenting artifacts. Program takes place outside, so prepare accordingly.Meet at the William M. Colmer Visitor Center.
Sunday, October 21 -10:00 a.m.-Daddy Long Legs and Fiddlebacks
Get caught in a web of learning as we dispel some spider myths.Learn which spiders are helpful and which are harmful, and create a craft to take home.Join our Junior Ranger Ambassador at the William M. Colmer Visitor Center for this fun children's program.
Friday, October 26 - 6:00 p.m. - Stories and Stars Night Walk
Wear your Halloween costume and meet rangers in front of the visitor center at Davis Bayou to experience Gulf Islands after dark.Enjoy regional folk tales about local people and wildlife the way our ancestors did.Learn star lore and how early mariners used the stars to navigate.What role do National Parks play in preserving night skies?Come immerse yourself in the night!Bring flashlights if you have them.
Saturday, October 27 - 2:00 p.m. - Bat Mask
To the bat cave, kids!Have you ever wondered whether bats are really blind?Can they really turn into vampires?Find out during the Halloween mask-making activity with our Junior Ranger Ambassador.Meet at the William M. Colmer Visitor Center.
Did You Know?
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.