April 2017 Ranger Programs Schedule in Florida

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March 20, 2017
Gulf Islands News Release

Release Date:  March 17, 2017

Contacts:        Sandra Tennyson, Sandra_Tennyson@nps.gov, 850-934-2600

April 2017 Ranger Programs Schedule in Florida

Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Gulf Islands National Seashore announces the April ranger programs schedule.  All programs are free and are subject to change without notification.  For additional information, contact the national seashore at (850) 934-2600.  There is an entrance fee to the Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas Areas.  There will be no public programs on April 27, 2017.

Advanced Redoubt: Legacy in Brick & Mortar
Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 pm; meet at the entrance to Advanced Redoubt.
45 minute program; involves walking on uneven surfaces, sandy walkways, and steps.

Fort Barrancas: Guardian of the Gulf
Friday through Sunday at 2:00 pm; meet at the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center.
45 minute program; involves walking on uneven surfaces, sandy walkways, and steps.

Fort Pickens: Garrison for Freedom
Daily at 2:00 pm (Except April 10, 24, & 27); meet at the entrance to Fort Pickens.
45 minute program; involves walking on uneven surfaces, sandy walkways, and steps.

School of the Soldier: Musket Firing Demonstrations
Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am (Except April 9 & 23); meet at the dry ditch at historic Fort Pickens.
30 minute program; accessible.

Beach Walk: Life on a Barrier Island
Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 pm; meet at the Fort Pickens Museum
30 minute program; fun for families, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Creature Feature
Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 pm; meet at the Fort Pickens Museum
30 minute talk; accessible; fun for families, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Stargazing
Friday, April 21 at sunset-10pm; meet at the Battery Worth Picnic Area
Join park staff and volunteers from the Escambia Amateur Astronomer’s Association (EAAA) for a fun night out under the stars.  Get an up close view of some celestial objects and learn more about the night sky.  Telescopes will be available for use.

Bird Walk!
Friday, April 21 at 8:00 am – 10:00 am; meet at the Fort Pickens Campground Store
Discover some of Gulf Islands' spring time residents during this stroll along the beach and maritime forest.  Fun for bird lovers of all ages and skill levels.  Binoculars and field guides will be available for use. Wear sunscreen and bring water.

Areas Information:
Fort Pickens Area-    The Fort Pickens Bookstore and Museum are open daily 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
Perdido Key Area-    The Perdido Key Area is open daily 5:00 am-10:00 pm.
Fort Barrancas Area -    The Fort Barrancas Area is open Thursday-Monday 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
Santa Rosa Day Use Area -    Day Use Areas are open from 8:30 am to sunset.
Okaloosa Day Use Area -    Day Use Areas are open from 8:30 am to sunset.
Naval Live Oaks Area -    Park Headquarters exhibits are open Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm. except federal holidays.

About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/guis, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslands_NPS, and Instagram www.Instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore
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Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
850-934-2600 (HQ)
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