Gulf State Park Weekly Activities

 

Saturday 5/18

2:00 PM— Guided Pier Walk: Meet at the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier concession stand for a free guided tour along the pier. Our Naturalist will talk about some amazing facts about the pier as well as point out various wildlife in the water and around the pier.

 

Sunday 5/19

10:00 AM—Camper Devotion:  Meet at the Ed. Bldg. (non-denominational & casual)

The Nature Center is Closed on Sundays

 

 

Monday 5/20

10:00 AM — Alligator Adventures: Come see our baby alligators and learn some interesting facts about this pre-historic creature that can be found in Gulf State Park! Meet at the Education Building for this presentation about American Alligators. 

 

2:00 PM — Guided Beach Walk at the Pavilion: Meet our Park guide at the Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion near the fireplace and learn all about coastal ecosystem.  Then, meander along the shore with our guide looking for shells and learn about some of the local sea life. 

 

Tuesday 5/21

10:00 AM — Radical Raptors – The Great Horned Owl – Come to the Nature Center to meet Willow the Great Horned Owl and learn why she is a RADICAL RAPTOR!!!

 

1:00 PM — Navigating by the Stars: The Sextant and High Noon –Learn why “High Noon” (the Meridian Passage) was important to early sailors and how they used a Sextant to determine their true location. Meet at the Ed. Bldg. for this program.

 

8:30 PM — Stargazing at the Pier: Meet at the foot of the Pier near the bronze turtle for a guided exploration of the sky, stars, planets and constellations. Weather dependent. 

 

Wednesday 5/22

10:00 AM — Nature Time: Come to the Nature Center and learn about a variety of different creatures who call the park home!

 

2:00 PM — Guided Pier Walk: Meet at the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier concession stand for a free guided tour along the pier. Our Naturalist will talk about some amazing facts about the pier as well as point out various wildlife in the water and around the pier.

 

Thursday 5/23

10:00 AM — Talk About Turtles!  Come to the Education Building to learn some of the interesting things about the turtles that you can find around Gulf State Park including the protected Gopher Tortoise.

 

12:30 PM — Navigating by the Stars: The Beginnings of Navigation – Learn how the Phoenicians developed the first navigational instrument and the renaissance led to further knowledge of the solar system. Come to the Education Building to learn how these discoveries would lead to man’s exploration of the earth.

 

2:00PM — Video: Cara the Sea Turtle: (30 min.)  Join Cara as she leaves her family's nest for a trip across the Atlantic!  Cara must outwit a hungry shark, find just the right food, and get the perfect place to nap.  Then one day, Cara's instincts tell her she must return home.  Learn the secrets of Cara's mission in this thrilling adventure!  Suitable for young viewers. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.  

 

Friday 5/24

10:00 AM — Guided Nature Walk on Gulf Oak Ridge: Meet our park guide at the entrance (in the parking lot) of Gulf Oak Ridge and explore one of the trails in Gulf State Park.  Bring binoculars if you have them. We have some to share.

 

2:00 PM — Snake Encounters: Visit the Nature Center to learn all about our native snakes. You will learn how to identify the local venomous species and why these creatures are an important part of our environment. Bring a camera and get your picture touching a beautiful snake.