Gulf Coast Science Exploration

Explore natural science on the U.S. Gulf Coast on a New Orleans student tour, with stops in Alabama and Florida. Students will examine land and water use, pollution, and global change and experience the intensity of these themes with an IMAX showing of “Hurricane on the Bayou,” and a guided tour of Hurrican Katrina memorial sites. Students will make memories as they tour the Louisiana swamps and Bayous and enjoy Mobile Bay in Alabama. The learning continues with workshops and updates on current research at the Aquarium of the Americas, the Coastal Weather Research Center and the National Naval Aviation Museum.


Day 1

  • Arrive in New Orleans, LA
  • Guided tour of “Hurricane Katrina” Memorial Sites
  • Picnic Lunch and exploring at City Park and the Botanical Gardens
  • Visit the Aquarium of the Americas
    • “Gulf Chat” Workshop
  • See a show at the Entergy IMAX Theater- “Hurricane on the Bayou”
  • Dinner



Day 2

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Boat Tour of the Louisiana Swamps & Bayous
  • Lunch
  • Travel to Mobile, AL
  • Visit the USS Alabama Battleship
  • Dinner
  • Free time and exploring in Mobile Bay


Day 3

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center
  • Lunch
  • Visit the Coastal Weather Research Center at the University of South Alabama
  • Learn about current projects and studies
  • Travel to Pensacola, FL
  • Dinner


Day 4

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the National Naval Aviation Museum
  • Visit Pensacola Lighthouse
  • Lunch
  • Travel to Destin, FL
  • Visit Emerald Coast Science Center
  • Free time at Fort Walton Beaches
  • Depart for home