Coastal Mississippi has a soft beauty and warm hospitality that are legendarily captivating. It is home to cultures ranging from long-established African-American communities to a Choctaw reservation to the lively Cajun traditions of music and food.
We live in a warm and welcoming community with people who have preserved their culture handed down through the generations. Our closest liaisons are Mark LaSalle, Director of Pascagoula Audubon, whose Cajun hospitality and endless knowledge of coastal ecosystems captivates us; and Rose Johnson, a fearless local advocate whose descendants are among Turkey Creek's first residents. Derrick Evans, also from a long Turkey Creek lineage, gives compelling accounts of Turkey Creek's history and its position as a protective wetland. You’ll go to fish fries at the home of Flowers White and attend barbecues complete with live music and tall Southern tales. Days are jam-packed and lively, and you will gain a real feel for life in Coastal Mississippi.
"One of the best experiences I've had was my summer in Mississippi. Kids and leaders were great, and it was so rewarding when the community thanked us for the projects."
You'll fish on the bayou and take a flatboat spin to try crabbing, spend a day in New Orleans, explore Shipp and Dauphin Islands, and discover coastal backwoods by canoe. You'll attend a pow wow weekend on the Choctaw Indian reservation. There are kayaking and camping excursions offshore, and regular trips to the beach to swim and play.