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]