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Conserving the plants and creatures that bring incredible beauty to our coast is one of our biggest missions. Countless partners work together to ensure the Alabama Gulf Coast natural habitat and wildlife will be here for future generations to enjoy.

The name of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge comes from the French term meaning “safe harbor.” And it is exactly that for the countless wildlife that call it home year-round as well as those creatures that migrate to the area on their way to and from a longer journey. Bon Secour consists of more than 7,100 acres spread across Mobile and Baldwin counties. Their goals and objectives are to improve refuge conditions and habitat through resource management, partnership opportunities and conservation.

Graham Creek, located in Foley, boasts over 500 acres of natural beauty along cypress wetlands. This park is perfect for fishing, kayaking and bird watching. If you have young children or grandchildren, be sure to bring them to Observe & Explore programs at the Preserve. Held the first Wednesday and third Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, the children’s program incorporates a seasonal nature theme and includes a story, craft and activity.

The Gulf State Park brings nature and the outdoors to visiting tourists and locals alike. The park features a number of trails running through six distinct ecosystems, a nature center filled with plants and animals native to the Gulf Coast region, opportunities for bird watching as well as exploring the flora and fauna in the area, and so much more.

Many organizations along the coast work hard each day to preserve the environment in which native animals live. When visiting these areas, be sure to respect the fragile ecosystems and Leave Only Footprints behind.