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Educational Programs

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Ship Island Excursions and Gulf Islands National Seashore Present: Destination Education Programs

  • 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, Mobile Bay
  • Thousands of Confederate P.O.W.s held on Ship Island during the Civil War
  • 2nd Regiment, Louisiana Native Guards, one of the first African American troops to engage in combat during the Civil War.
  • 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 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

Rates (20+ with reservation)

Adult (age 13+)             $ 36
Children (age 3-12)      $ 30


  • 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 below  an email it to [email protected]