At the Nature Center, you’ll learn everything you have ever wanted to know (and more) about the wildlife found on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
The Nature Center is a living museum, meaning they aim to create an experiential interpretation of the flora and fauna that inhabit our destination. Within the four walls of the building, you’ll find live animals such as snakes, turtles, owls and starfish, as well as displays of animals such as bobcats, sea turtles and native fish.
Established in March 2014, the Nature Center’s goal is to educate people about our coastal environment and to cultivate inspiration and appreciation for the environment. One of the ways they accomplish this goal is by hosting weekly programs led by park naturalists. Some of them are lecture-based, while others are more interactive. These programs include nature, beach and pier walks; constellation and star education; art activities such as pine needle weaving and more. Larger groups can also choose to book a private program with one of the park’s knowledgeable naturalists. These can be held inside or outside at the Nature Center’s amphitheater and picnic area. Each of these spaces, including the inside of the building, are wheelchair accessible.