(February 28, 2020) --

Experience and learn about our coastal environments with the entire family during a summer excursion. Our educator takes you on a journey through Dauphin Island’s habitats. Learn about the area’s history, economic impact, and ecosystem benefit. 

Grab a pair of old tennis shoes for the Salt Marsh Excursion. This coastal wetland is critical to our estuary ecosystem. You will have the chance to use seine nets and sieve boxes to get an up-close look at hermit crabs, snails, and small fish. All animals are released back into the marsh. 

The Beach, Dune, and Maritime Forest Excursion takes you on a journey through the forest to the water's edge. Learn about the plants that Indians and colonists used, and keep an eye out for coastal animals such as the osprey, alligators, and dolphins. 

Excursions start at the Estuarium at 9:45 a.m. on the scheduled day and are expected to return by 12:15 p.m. The cost is $12 per person, and reservations are recommended as space is limited. To learn more or to reserve a spot, email summerexcursions@disl.org or call (251) 861-2141 ext. 7545.

The 2020 Excursion dates are:

Salt Marsh Excursion: June 11, July 2, July 23, or July 30

Beach, Dune, and Maritime Forest: June 2, June 18, June 24, or July 7

The Estuarium is open seven days a week and a great day trip for family and friends. Learn about the coastal habitats and see the animals that live there. Boardwalk Talks, hosted the first and third Wednesday each month, give everyone the chance to meet and learn from our researchers and students about their projects. Plan your visit at disl.edu/estuarium.