Our programs are usually designed for family audiences; however some of them, on occasion, may target specific audiences. To see what programs are coming up, visit our Calendar of Events.
These programs are usually on-site programs designed to engage community audiences in activities or presentations that highlight the resources of the Reserve. Activities in the past have included nature photography, blacklighting for bugs, castnetting, kayacking, boat tours, field trips, etc.
These presentations are made at a variety of venues throughout the community. Local experts on a variety of subjects often make presentations on coastal resources they study such as birds, fish, etc. Subject matter of these presentations is usually family-friendly but may be more suited to older students and adults.
The Reserve hosts one of the most popular educational festivals on the coast in Pass Christian on the first Saturday of April every year called CELEBRATE THE GULF. This fun-filled family festival has over 30 booths with hands-on activities designed to engage children and adults alike. Exhibitors from the Dept. of Marine Resources, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Gulf of Mexico Program, etc. The Reserve also participants in other festivals along the Coast. Be sure to check our Calendar for upcoming events.
The reserve’s staff members often serve as guest speakers for a variety of local community organizations such as the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs and local environmental groups. Topics usually include the importance of estuaries, watersheds or sustainable development. Organizational meetings may be held offsite or in the Reserve’s large meeting room.