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.
Join Our Friends
Established in the Mississippi District in 1998, the Friends of Gulf Islands National Seashore Inc. is a non-profit public 501(c) 3 benefit corporation organized exclusively for charitable purposes to support Gulf Islands National Seashore. Because of the region's efforts to rebuild after Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, the Friends of Gulf Islands National Seashore Inc. has been inactive.
To explore an opportunity to develop a Florida chapter of Gulf Islands National Seashore please contact Bonnie Becker at 850-433-4293 and to redevelop the Mississippi Chapter call Louis Skrmetta at 228-323-1668.
The primary purposes of the Friends are:
To preserve, restore and enhance the natural beauty and features, the ecological systems and the cultural and historical heritage of Gulf Islands National Seashore;
To enhance educational, interpretive, and research opportunities relating to the Gulf Islands to increase public awareness, enjoyment and appreciation of the park;
To support the efforts of the National Seashore and other organizations and individuals to educational, interpretive and research opportunities;
To provide support and assistance to the National Park Service in constructing or improving park facilities such as trails, visitor centers, and support facilities to service the visiting public.
Did You Know?
In 1828, John Q. Adams designated the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore as the first United States tree farm. Live oak trees are known for their incredible density and resistance to disease. They provided durable wood for the construction of early naval vessels.