Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

6005 Bayou Heron Road

Moss Point, MS 39562

Phone: (228) 475-7047

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve & Coastal Resource Center offers visitors all kinds of excitement out in the wild and in the interpretive center which offers interpretive exhibits and more. The reserve is open year-round for exploration and discovery, and is a great place to go birding, bug & butterfly watching as well as botanizing. If you are very, very observant, it is also a great place see aquatic and marine mammals such as river otters and bottlenose dolphins!

The reserve is a great place for the nature photographer. Photo opportunities such as glorious sunrises and sunsets as well as brightly colored wildflowers and butterflies provide countless possibilities for photographers who want to capture that perfect photo for their album. Pack a lunch, bring your fishing poles, canoes, or kayaks, and come enjoy the wonderful outdoors.

Open Monday-Friday 9am to 3pm - free.

Virtually explore the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve!

Virtually explore Blue Heron Bayou!

Virtually explore Oak Grove Trail at Grand Bay!

  • Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • Mar 10, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017

Presented by The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve & the Walter Anderson Museum of Art

The instructor for the batik class is Grand Bay NERR, Director, Dr. Ayesha Gray. In addition to being the manager of the Reserve, Ayesha is also an artist and has a website called Her objective is to make "art with inspiration from the natural world" and to inspire artists to do the same. Block printing will be taught by Heather Rumfelt, Education Director from the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Heather is a professional artist and teacher, instructing students ranging in age and demographic. She specializes in the art of block printing, jewelry making, and painting.

Explore the Grand Bay NERR landscape and habitats, find inspiration, and create images inspired by nature. The workshop will focus on these two different, but complimentary, art techniques. Artists have the option of immersing themselves in the surroundings by staying two nights in the Grand Bay NERR dorms ($15/night, cost not included in workshop fee). Art results may consist of block prints or batiks, or students may be inspired to combine the two into their final pieces. All supplies will be provided. We will ask artists to consider donating a piece of art to the Grand Bay NERR for public display.