Gulf State Park  Activities Schedule

All activities are free to guests staying in the park and a $2 charge per vehicle to enter the campground for non-guests unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday 5/25

Visit the Nature Center to see the myriad of animals that inhabit Gulf State Park. 

9:00 AM – Guided Kayaking Tour: Join us at Lake Shelby for a one hour guided kayaking tour to explore the basics of kayaking and a short trip around the lake. $20 includes single kayak, lifejacket. Limited spaces available so please call for reservation. 251-948-7275 dial 9 then ext. 2128 

Friday 5/26

9:00 AM - Geo Caching 101: Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt that combines a little bit of technology with exploring the great outdoors.  Come to the Education Building along with a handheld GPS or Smartphone and learn about this great past-time that will take you to beautiful places that you otherwise would not have discovered. After the class we will apply what you have learned in the campground.

10:00 AM - 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.

2:00 PM - Owl Encounters: Meet at the Nature Center to learn some interesting facts about owls and find out what makes owls so special. Learn about the species of owls found in the area. Our resident Eastern Screech Owl and Great Horned Owl will be on hand to greet you.

Saturday 5/27

8:30 AM - Drop in Yoga Class at the Beach Pavilion. $10 drop in fee- Free to our overnight guests.

10:00 AM –Video:  An Original Duckumentary: (60 min) Ducks are true originals. They waddle, glide, dive, and dabble. Their feathers shimmer with dazzling hues. In this Nature video, you will learn about some of the most spectacular species of ducks. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.  

2:00 PM –Video: American Eagle: (50 min.) Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent's most recognizable aerial predator.  In the 1960s, this symbol of the United States became an emblem of environmental degradation as the pesticide DDT and other human pressures brought it to the brink of extinction.  Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.   

7:00 – 10:00 PM - Gulf State Park Talent Show Come to the beach by the GSP Pier to see the talents of the people of Paradise Island.  This is not a contest and there will not be any prizes given. This is a way for our talented community to showcase what they've got.

Sunday 5/28

10:00AM - Camper Devotion:  Meet at the Camp Store Pavilion. (non-denominational & casual)

Monday 5/29

10:00 AM - 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 wild life in the water and around the pier.

2:00 PM - Frogs and Toads: Do you know the difference between frogs and toads? Is it really easy to be green? Hop on over to the Nature Center to learn some interesting things about the native frogs and toads in Gulf State Park.

Tuesday 5/30

Visit the Nature Center to see the myriad of animals that inhabit Gulf State Park.

8:00AM - Pier Fishing 101 (First Session): -Beginner’s course on pier fishing. Learn safety, regulations, how to set up gear, pick bait, and fish from the Gulf State Park Pier. Free program but if you intend to fish please obtain saltwater fishing license in advance.  Purchase online “http://www.outdooralabama.com/ saltwater-recreational-licenses”. Program cancelled in event of lightening.

9:00AM - Pier Fishing 101 (Second Session):  -See above.

Wednesday 5/31

10:00 AM – Carnivorous Plants of GSP - Come to the Education Building to learn about unique plants that have adapted to their environment by eating insects. Our Park Guide will show you examples of these plants and explain how they survive in the poor soils found in bogs and marshes.

11:00 AM — Eco Art: Join us at the Camp Store Pavilion to participate in an art project/craft that highlights a natural aspect of the Park. (Plastic bag weaving.)

2:00 PM – Prescribed Burns: One tool that foresters use to maintain healthy habitats is controlled burning of overgrown areas. As one of the most important natural agents of change, fire plays a vital role in maintaining certain ecosystems. Meet our Naturalist in the Education Building to learn the details of why and how prescribed burning is utilized in Gulf State Park.

8:00 PM - Star Gazing at the Pier: Meet at the foot of the Pier near the turtle for a guided exploration of the sky, stars, planets and constellations. Weather dependent- if stars are not visible program is cancelled for that week.   

Thursday 6/1

Visit the Nature Center to see the myriad of animals that inhabit Gulf State Park. 

9:00 AM – Guided Kayaking Tour: Join us at Lake Shelby for a one hour guided kayaking tour to explore the basics of kayaking and a short trip around the lake. $20 includes single kayak, lifejacket. Limited spaces available so please call for reservation. 251-948-7275 dial 9 then ext. 2128  

Friday 6/2

 9:00 AM - Geo Caching 101: Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt that combines a little bit of technology with exploring the great outdoors.  Come to the Education Building along with a handheld GPS or Smartphone and learn about this great past-time that will take you to beautiful places that you otherwise would not have discovered. After the class we will apply what you have learned in the campground.

10:00 AM - 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 snake.

11:00 AM- Exploring Coastal Creatures: Meet at the foot of the pier to learn about and get up close with creatures found in Gulf of Mexico.

2:00 PM - Owl Encounter - Visit the Education Building to learn all about some amazing facts about owls. We will have our resident owls out for pictures! There is a $2 charge per vehicle to enter the campground. Free to all guest staying in the park.

Saturday 6/3

 8:30 AM - Drop in Yoga Class at the Beach Pavilion. $10 drop in fee- Free to our overnight guests.

9:00 AM – National Trails Day Hike. Meet our park guide at the Rosemary Dune Trailhead to enjoy a Reptile Rendezvous were you might see Alligators, Turtles, Lizards and more.

10:00 AM –Video: Animal Homes – Location, Location, Location: Finding a good base of operation is critical for successfully raising a family in the wild. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

2:00 PM –Video: Animal Homes – Animal Cities: Animals congregate in huge colonies partly out of necessity and partly out of the security that numbers provide. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program. 

 

 

 

 


 

Please Recycle: There are Recycling Bins available for plastic, paper and aluminum available in the Campground Parking Lot near the Tennis Courts. 

Please DO NOT put plastic grocery bags in recycle