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Public Invited to South Mississippi Nature Quest Events

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Ocean Springs, MS– Local residents and visitors can celebrate the beauty of South Mississippi by participating in Nature Quest, a new series of free outdoor events in some of the most amazing places on the Gulf Coast. The events are described in the calendar below. 

Make plans to explore the bayous, bays and beaches of our area. People of all ages are encouraged to get outside and learn more about the environment, investigate the plants and animals that live here, and enjoy active recreation such as ropes courses, hiking and kayaking.

September 29

National Estuaries Day

Gulf Coast Community College – Jackson County Campus Estuarine Education Center, Gautier, MS

Ropes course, kayaking, educational activities

http://www.mgccc.edu/facilities/estuarine_education_center.php

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Point, MS

Clean Energy exhibits, tours of the Green Building, kayaking and boating. 

http://www.grandbaynerr.org

October 6 

Bioquest at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Halstead Site, Ocean Springs, MS

Bioquest activities: collect and record the fish, plants, and large marine animals in our area.  Guided walking tours, kayaking and boat tours. 

http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/events/docs/discovery.quest.flyer.10.2012.pdf

November 10

Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Let's Move Outside!

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Davis Bayou Unit

Ocean Springs, MS
A FREE community event that promotes education, health, family, fun and stewardship through outdoor recreation in public places. The festivities will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Tour beautiful Davis Bayou by boat or kayak on a newly designated blue way, participate in hiking, disc golf, zumba or team sports, and visit educational exhibits.

 http://www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/upload/HPHPLMO-2012-Color-and-Photo-Promotional-Event-Flier.pdf

November 14 - 15

Bays and Bayous Symposium

Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi, MS

Learn more about our natural resources.  This scientific conference will focus on

marine resources, habitat management and restoration and oil spill science. 

http://masgc.org/bb2012

Bayou Bioquest

December 8, 2012

Pascagoula River Audubon Center

Moss Point, MS
This Bioquest event is designed to help document the biodiversity of the Pascagoula River by focusing on Bennett Bayou. Members of the public will find and document fishes, aquatic invertebrates, small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and plants.

http://pascagoulariver.audubon.org

South Mississippi Nature Quest is hosted by the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Pascagoula River Audubon Center, MS-AL Sea Grant, MGCCC Estuarine Education Center, Grand Bay NERR, and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.  For more information, including hours of operation and directions, visit: http://masgc.org/msnaturequest or contact Martha Brown at martha.brown@usm.edu.