Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Just For Kids

Be A Junior Ranger

The Junior Ranger Program provides a great opportunity for children visiting the park to learn about animals, plants, and old forts. Children will enjoy the adventures of a Junior Ranger and earning a Junior Ranger badge. It's fun, rewarding, and free!


The Seashore has many programs for children including Junior Rangers (ages 6-11) and Sea Stars (ages 3-5). Children can complete Junior Ranger, Sea Star, and Seashore Patch booklets while they are visiting Gulf Islands National Seashore. If a group of 11 or more children completes the Seashore Patch Handbook, the group receives a 20% discount on the purchase of a Gulf Islands patch or pin for each participant. School groups are welcome.

Curriculum-based programs are available October-November, March-April. In Florida call 850-934-2600 for more information. For students going to the Davis Bayou Area in Mississippi, a self-guided educational program called Motion, Adaptation, Resources, Similarities and Habitat (M.A.R.S.H) is available. For information on Mississippi programs call 228-875-9057.

Youth Conservation Corps

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is an opportunity for youths from all segments of society to spend the summer working, learning, and earning together by doing projects on public land.

The YCC performs needed conservation work on public lands; provides gainful employment for young people from all social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds; and fosters and develops an understanding and appreciation of our nation's natural, historical, and cultural heritage for participating youths.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 15 and 18, and must not reach their 19th birthday before the program end date. The program runs from June through August of each year.

Applications are accepted during the recruitment periods of March to April of each year. Applications can be obtained from your school guidance office, online or at the Gulf Islands National Seashore Headquarters, Naval Live Oaks, 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Florida. For additional information please contact Ed Flores at 850-916-3015.



In Florida, educational programs are offered during the months of October, November, March, and April at Naval Live Oaks on US Highway 98 east of Gulf Breeze and at Fort Barrancas on board Pensacola Naval Air Station. Naval Live Oaks has wheelchair accessible areas. Guided tours are available for grades 3rd - 5th. A close captioned Seashore orientation slide show is also available. Picnic facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Naval Live Oaks and Fort Barrancas areas.

In Mississippi, ranger-led programs are offered during the months of March through October at Fort Massachusetts. Depending on staff availability, programs in social studies and science can be arranged in the Davis Bayou area. On West Ship Island, there are no facilities except Fort Massachusetts. Restrooms, snack bar, and storage space are limited to the tour boat.