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.

In addition to the educational emphasis in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Environmental Studies for the college’s students, the EEC offers exciting opportunities for the public to paddle kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddle boards; climb the rock wall; challenge themselves on the Ropes Course; enjoy 1.5 miles of nature trails through the woods along Mary Walker Bayou; and host special events in a serene setting.



Facility Rental


Summer Camp


We are open Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm 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.





Who can come to the center and do the activities?

Anyone and everyone! The facilities are available to students and staff of MGCCC as well as the public.


Do we have to bring our own equipment?

We provide necessary gear and equipment for our activities.



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.