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Horn Island Campouts

Adventure awaits you!

Camping trips to Walter Anderson’s beloved safe haven, Horn Island, hosted by the Ethotera Art Studio and in partnership with the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.

Base Camp

Our Story

Heather Martin began offering these trips 8 years ago when she served as the Director of Education for the Walter Anderson Museum (WAMA) in Ocean Springs, MS. She was inspired by Walter Anderson's deep relationship with the island and the magic he found in its embrace.  She wanted to give people first-hand experiences and a better understanding of Ocean Springs' beloved artist. Since then, Heather and her husband, Jason partner several times a year with WAMA to offer adventurous folks an opportunity to camp, fellowship, and make art on one of the Mississippi gulf coast's barrier islands, Horn Island.

These trips have drawn a following of "islanders", people who look forward to going at least once per year and have grown to cherish all that the island has to offer.  No two experiences are the same.  Once you experience walking in Anderson's footsteps, exploring the dunes, sleeping under the stars, and painting the flora and fauna, you will long for refuge on Horn Island.

Heather and Jason work hard to provide you with some modern comforts while you "rough" it in the wilderness.  Participants are responsible for bringing their own gear for camping, fishing, and making art. 

Our Trips

About Horn Island

One of Mississippi's barrier islands...

Horn Island is about 12 miles off the coast of Ocean Springs, is a wilderness refuge, and is owned by Gulf Islands National Seashore Park.  It is only accessible by boat and has no structures, roads, or piers. It has long stretches of sugar-white sanddunes punctuated with sea oats, tall pines on small grovessaw palmettos on small groves, and a few inland lagoons. It is home to varied wildlife including alligatorsospreyspelicansanhinga, 

ibises, manateesducks, rabbits, raccoons, ternherons, and other migratory birds. The Sound and the Gulf host innumerable species of sea life.

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  1. Chimney Lagoon

  2. Tern Point

  3. West Little Bayou

  4. Black Post 

  5. Rabbit Springs

  6. Pouldeau Lagoon

  7. Horseshoe

  8. Lily Pond

  9. Simy Hill

  10. Barge

  11. Summer Camp

  12. Winter Camp

  13. Black Lagoon

  14. Teal Lagoon

  15. East Little Bayou

  16. Bull Rush Pool

  17. Thru Lagoon

  18. Water's House Crossing

  19. The Gap

  20. The Flats

  21. Light House Lagoon

  22. Cypress Lake

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