Front of the Estuarine Education Center

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 ECC is open to the public and is also available for public facility rental. Anyone and everyone can come visit the ECC to experience our fantastic indoor and outdoor activities. We provide the necessary gear and equipment.


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

  • Kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Indoor and outdoor rock climbing walls
  • Ropes Course
  • 2 Miles of nature trails through the woods along Mary Walker Bayou

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 ECC and our modern facilities will guarantee its success.

Rental and Activity Fees

See our fees for equipment rental, meeting spaces, and the ropes challenge course. Please contact us for more specific pricing, details and additional information on our amenities.


We are open Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to operate offered activities.

It is suggested to call and confirm availability if you are planning to visit the center from outside of Gautier or with groups larger than 4.


Melissa Jarosinski: EEC Coordinator
Phone: (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.


(228) 497-7673

Melissa Jarosinski – EEC Coordinator