The center’s activities including rock climbing, kayaking, and ropes course are temporarily closed. For inquiries regarding space rental, please reach out to April Zachary at or (228) 497-7790.

Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Event Space on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Estuarine Education Center (EEC) is a 40-acre facility located on the Jackson County Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gautier, MS.

The facility is used for educational emphasis in Outdoor Recreational Leadership and Environmental Studies for MGCCC’s college students, but the EEC is open to the public and is also available for public facility rental. Anyone and everyone can come visit the EEC to experience our fantastic indoor and outdoor activities. We provide the necessary gear and equipment.

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We have trained instructors, tour guides, and certified facilitators to help you enjoy many indoor and outdoor activities.

Facility Rentals

Whether you are planning a corporate team building retreat, a wedding reception, or a school field trip, the beautiful, natural setting of the EEC and our modern facilities will guarantee its success.

Please call to confirm availability if you are planning to visit the center.

Day Time
Monday 8 AM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Closed all major holidays.
See Academic Calendar for closure dates.


Contact us for more information.
Christopher Wells
EEC Education & Recreation Specialist
(228) 497-7673

We are a facility with staff certified and trained by American Canoe Association (ACA), Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA), Wilderness First Aid, CPR, & AED.