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Learn about pirates in the Gulf at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Nov. 16

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Florida Public Archaeology Network on November 16, 2018 from 10 – 11 a.m. Come learn about the Pirates that sailed the Gulf of Mexico and the life they led. This program is free with regular park admission. Topsail Talks is a monthly educational discovery series with presentations from organizations and government agencies from outside the park on the third Friday of the month at 10 am in the clubhouse. A $6.00 entry...

Free admission to Florida State Parks on Veterans Day Nov. 11

Florida State Parks will be offering free admission for all families and visitors on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to honor all who have served and are currently serving in our U.S. military. Florida State Parks offer year-round discounts on annual entrance passes to those who currently serve or have served in the U.S. military, veterans with service related disabilities and surviving spouses of members of the U.S. military who have fallen in combat. Click here for a list of area...

Falling Waters State Park reopens following impacts of Hurricane Michael

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has reopened portions of Falling Waters State Park for day use following the impacts of Hurricane Michael. The park, which experienced significant damage from Hurricane Michael – including downed trees and debris, facility, boardwalk, road and trail damage – was partially reopened following three weeks of clean-up and repair. Visitor safety remains paramount as response efforts continue. Florida State Parks staff continue to work as quickly as possible to finish remaining clean-up and repairs....

Moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Nov. 21

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a Moonlight Paddle on Nov. 21, 2018 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old. Program is $40 per person. Space is limited. Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, hot chocolate, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail...

Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 15

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on Oct. 15, 2018 from 9 – 11 a.m for a guided plant stroll.  Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. Due to the popularity of this program during the summer, it will continue this fall on the third Monday of the month. This program is free with regular park admission.  CONTACT: Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us A...

Guided moonlight kayak tour at Camp Helen State Park Sept. 22

Join Camp Helen State Park on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Come and join the Department of Environmental Protection and Camp Helen State Park for a moonlight paddle on Lake Powell, Florida’s largest coastal dune lake. The experience will be a mostly quiet excursion led by Rangers and will give visitors a unique opportunity to view one of the rarest lakes in the world, while under a nearly full moon. The trip is approximately 2 hours and...

Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Sept. 17

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on September 17, 2018 from 9 – 11 a.m for a guided plant stroll.  Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. Due to the popularity of this program during the summer, it will continue this fall on the third Monday of the month.  In October, the program will be on Oct 15, 2018.  In November, the...

Guided Kayak tour at Rocky Bayou State Park Aug. 30

Time: 9 – 11 a.m. Join a Park Ranger at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park on Thursday, Aug. 30 for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter. The paddle will held be from 9 – 11 a.m. Osprey...

Guided kayak tour at Camp Helen State Park Sept. 6

Join Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 9 – 11 a.m. for a leisurely 90-minute paddle on Lake Powell, one of the world’s largest Coastal Dune Lakes. Learn about the history, natural communities and wildlife that make this Outstanding Florida Water so unique and important. This guided kayak tour will be enjoyable for individuals, families and groups. All levels of experience are welcome. Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be done by...

Guided kayak tour at Rocky Bayou State Park Aug. 18

Join a Park Ranger at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park on Saturday, Aug. 18 for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter. The paddle will held be from 9 – 11 a.m. Osprey and bald eagles are known...