Summer Programs

GULF CAMP: Summer Day Camp in Gulf State Park

The Gulf Coast Center for Ecotourism & Sustainability has teamed up with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment to bring you GULF CAMP!

Located in beautiful Gulf State Park, GULF CAMP offers a week of fun and adventure for youth ages 7-13. We offer four one-week sessions throughout the month of July.

  • Activities include kayaking, biking, beach exploration, swimming, nature, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking, and more.
  • Camp takes place Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm
  • One 5-day session costs $195 per camper. Single day passes are available for $45/day.
  • Camp takes place at the Learning Campus in Gulf State Park, Lake Shelby, the Beach Interpretive Center, and the Backcountry Trail.

2024 Schedule:

Session 1: July 8-12

Session 2: July 15-19

Session 3: July 22-26

Session 4: July 29- August 2

Sample Week: Monday is arts, hiking, outdoor activities at the Learning Campus. Tuesday is biking, rainy day activities if needed at the Learning Campus. Wednesday is biking, outdoor cooking, shoreline exploration at Lake Shelby. Thursday is kayaking, outdoor cooking, nature art at Lake Shelby. Friday is swimming, dune ecology, solar oven at Beach Pavilion/Interpretive Center. (All activities subject to change due to weather)

Ready to register your camper? Click the button below to log into our secure online registration portal. Need additional information? Contact us HERE.

Summer Workshops

Visit the Learning Campus and enjoy a range of workshops designed for individuals and groups.

  • Arts, crafts, nature, gardening, composting and ecology.
  • Small class sizes. Pre-registration required.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Private classes available upon request. Contact us for details.

UPCOMING: All Natural Tie-Dye Lab

Learn the Japanese art of Shibori dyeing with indigo and turmeric dye baths. Participants will learn various methods of folding, tying, and binding to produce unique and beautiful patterns. Each class begins with a history of natural textile dyeing and exploration of different ingredients and processes. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and bandana (flour sack towel) to dye.

Summer 2024 Schedule Coming Soon!

American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED Certification Course


This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants and meets OSHA/workplace requirements. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion and must be taken on a PC or tablet with a high speed Internet connection. Allow approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the online portion. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

  • The in-person portion of the course will take place at the Learning Campus at Gulf State Park, the Gulf Coast’s newest basecamp for camps, classes and adventure.
  • Participants will receive detailed course instructions upon registration
  • Custom courses available for groups
  • Contact Us for questions