• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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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?

Rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchling moving towards the Gulf.

Of the seven species of sea turtles, four species nest at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Sea turtle hatchlings instinctively head for areas of brighter light. Artificial lighting causes thousands of hatchling deaths each year.