May 2017 Ranger Programs Schedule in Florida

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April 26, 2017
Gulf Islands News Release

Release Date:  April 26, 2017

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

May 2017 Ranger Programs Schedule in Florida

Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Gulf Islands National Seashore announces the May 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 May 12th or 16th.

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
Thursdays through Mondays at 2:00 pm (Except May 12); 
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 May 12 & 16); meet at the entrance to historic 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 May 7); 
meet at the entrance to historic Fort Pickens.
30 minute program; accessible.

Beach Walk: Life on a Barrier Island
Thursdays through 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
Thursdays through 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.

Dusk on the Gulf – Evening Ranger Program
Saturdays at 6:30 pm; meet in the Battery Worth Amphitheater
30 minute program; accessible.

Stargazing
Friday, May 26 at 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm; 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!
Monday, May 8 at 8:00 am – 10:00 am; meet at the Battery Worth Picnic Area
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.

Rosamond Johnson Memorial Event
Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 am; 
meet at the Star Pavilion at Johnson Beach in the Perdido Key Area
Join us for the annual event honoring the life and sacrifice of US Army Private Rosamond Johnson.

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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