We recommend these businesses in Jackson County that have been recognized by the Gulf Coast National Heritage Area Outpost Program. Each contribute to the enjoyment of South Mississippi’s Natural Heritage and foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation, and conservation. They are leaders in sustainability to the nature-based tourism industry on the Coast.
Eco-Tours of South Mississippi
Offering power boat tours of the Pascagoula River and guided kayak trips through swamps & marshes.
The Friends of Art, Culture & Education
Their mission is to instill a love of learning, encourage creative expression, and enrich lives by providing educational, artistic, and cultural experiences.
Harbor Garden House
1708 Warren Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Birding, Walking Trails, Native plants, Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs
A comfortable vacation home with a lovely nature connection on the inner Harbor. The property is a Certified Wildlife Habitat – amazing! Fig and banana trees, berries, beans, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and so much more depending on the time of year. Get up early, grab some coffee, and settle in for the bird show! Then walk down to the harbor and buy fresh shrimp right from the boats. Listed on Airbnb.
Ocean Springs Harbor, Slip #15
Boating, Birding, Fishing
Cruise away on the Mystic, a 65’ wooden boat built in the 1930s and beautifully restored. Enjoy all the beauty of the Gulf Coast. Cruises available.
Twisted Run Retreat
4121 Twisted Run Lane, Vancleave, MS
Hiking, Birding, kayaking (kayak launch)
15 acres of natural woodlands and landscaped grounds border Bluff Creek. Private rental cabins surrounded by cedar, pines, and oaks. Large screened-in pavilion and nature trails. Pollinator garden and feeders attract many species….nature awaits!
Wild at Heart Rescue
Wildlife rescue, rehab, release, education
16020 Larue Road, Vancleave, MS 39565
Wild at Heart Rescue is a non-profit organization specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured, sick or orphaned wildlife native to MS.
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
510 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs
A Celebration of our MS Gulf Coast Nature, Wildlife, History, and Culture through Art.
Walter Anderson Museum of Art celebrates the work of American master and naturalist Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965). Their mission is to “empower lifelong curiosity and connection to the natural world” through art.
Pascagoula River Audubon Center
5107 Arthur Street, Moss Point MS
228 475 0825
The Center is the educational gateway to exploring our amazing nature and bayou habitats. It provides exposure to the rich environment of the Pascagoula River, the largest free-flowing river in the 48 states. Enjoy nature trails, piers, kayak rentals and so much more. Wildlife abounds.