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Ship Island Excursions and Gulf Islands National Seashore Present:

Destination Education

Discover historic and natural resources of Ship Island. Students of all ages will learn about:

History of Ship Island and Fort Massachusetts

French Colonization of Coastal Mississippi and Louisiana, starting at Ship Island in 1699

Importance of Ship Island to Great Britain during New Orleans’ siege in 1815

Admiral Farragut and Civil War naval actions near New Orleans and later in Mobile Bay

Thousands of Confederate P.O.W.s held on Ship Island during civil war

First  African American troops to fight in the Civil War stationed on Ship Island

Maritime history of the Mississippi Sound and Port of Gulfport

Flora and fauna of barrier islands

Birds of barrier islands and Mississippi Sound



Educational Programs offered by MS Gulf Coast Reasearch Lab, University of Southern Mississippi, and the National Park Service:

Learn why barrier islands are important
Marine Biology Program
Introduction to a North Central Gulf island eco-system.
Students will experience a variety of marine organisms.
Learn about Mississippi coastal zone and Sound.

Educator Links:

National Park Service Educational Programs

National Park Service Course Outline

University of Southern Mississippi Marine Education Program


Group Discount Policy

Rates (20+ with reservation)

Adult (age 11+)             $ 28
Children (age 3-10)      $ 20


Not applicable Saturdays, Holidays, or Holiday weekends.
Minimum 20 passengers to qualify for reduced fare.
Reservations must be booked 48 hours before departure .
Group discount is not available on day of trip.
No Deposit is required. However, reservation must be confirmed by phone one day before cruise or risk forfeiture.
Payment by single approved check, or consolidated cash payment only.
Upon arrival at ticket office; please only group leaders enter the ticket office, with reservation information and payment ready.

For Reservations, Please Print the Group Reservation Form and Fax to:
(228) 864-3797 or email shipislandsales@cableone.net

Printable Forms:

*Reservations subject to seating availability on excursion boats


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