As Alabama’s coastal classroom, we’re living proof education can be fun.

Whether you’re young or old, whether you’re biking, hiking or fishing, there’s so much to discover and learn along the way. Our park naturalist conducts a variety of programs for school and homeschool groups and park visitors throughout the year. At the Nature Center, kids of all ages get to interact with native animals, insects, and plants while guided walks help them experience nature up close. A new Interpretive Center and Learning Campus will open in 2018, building on the park’s legacy of educating visitors about the area.

Nature Center

Meet some of the critters that call Gulf State Park home at our Nature Center. Come with a curiosity to learn more about the Gulf’s precious natural resources and leave with a new appreciation of your connection to the natural world.  Weekly programs and guided tours offer unique learning opportunities for kids of all ages.

Education & Fishing Pier

You don’t just fish on our pier. You learn on it. Stretching more than a quarter mile into the Gulf, it features signs along the rails with information on species of fish, birds, and other area wildlife.


Guided Nature Walks

Come experience the park with the people that call it home. Join our park naturalists for guided walks to learn about our seasonal flora and fauna.

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Guided Pier Walks

Join our park staff for guided pier walks to learn about our coastal waters and what you can expect to catch.

For a list of planned activities, please visit