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Miss Peetsy B Bayou Tours

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$30 can change a life! three girls peetsy

The Miss Peetsy B Bayou Tour is a three hour program and includes hands-on experiences in our floating classrooms, waterfront classrooms and laboratories.

Tours are offered as a field trips for schools and community groups. The program consists of two 90-minute periods of instruction, one on the water and the other in the classroom.

Grades K -12 or Adult Groups   |   $30/participant

Trips offered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - approximately noon.

Minimum group size - 25  |  School groups must include one adult teacher per ten students.
Book your trip today!
Contact us at 228.818.8095 or marine.educationFREEMississippi.

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What will we do the first 90 minutes?

  • Tour of marsh habitat
  • Collection and identification of marsh organisms by trawling
  • Discussion of impacts of development on coastal environment
  • Identification of coastal birds
  • Discussion of MS Sound: Deer Island, Barrier Islands and estuaries

You choose your next 90 minutes!

Collecting plankton by pulling plankton net
Collection of water samples
Lesson on plankton
Identification of plankton using microscopes
Perform water quality test

Lesson on internal/external anatomy of sharks
Discover the seven senses of sharks
Guided dissection to educate about respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems of sharks

Add $10 per participant.

Gulf Coast Feature

Hands-on experience in floating classrooms.

About Miss Peetsy B

Miss Peetsy B was donated to USM’s Marine Education Center by Jimmy Buffett and his sisters, Lucy Buffett and Laurie Buffett-McGuane, in honor of their mother who was passionate about education. The vessel's name comes from Mrs. Buffett's nickname - Peetsy B.

The Buffett family, originally from Pascagoula, donated the vessel to help educate students about their coastal environment, and ultimately create a more informed citizenry to protect and maintain our local marine habitats.

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  • Length: 33.8 feet
  • Beam: 10.9 feet
  • Draft: 6 feet
  • Tonnage: 14 tons gross, 11 tons net
  • U.S. Coast Guard inspected - Passenger Service, Coastwise Unrestricted, Documentation Number 1137299
  • Built 1973 and operated by the United States Navy as the liberty launch Suribachi


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