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Spend a week in nature this June at Camp Longleaf in Freeport

What better way to spend summer camp than exploring the outdoors and nature? The wonderful educators at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center are now offering a weeklong summer overnight camp in Freeport named Camp Longleaf. The camp is designed for children ages 9-14, and is currently enrolling for its three introductory sessions: June 9-14, June 16-21, June 23-28, 2019. Camp Longleaf will incorporate the Biophilia Center’s passion for nature with traditional camp fun and games. “I want to tell our...

4-H Marine camps at Camp Timpoochee offered in June and July

Are you interested in learning about marine life, going fishing, or exploring the underwater world with a mask and snorkel? If so, a summer camp awaits the young explorer. Registration is now open for the 4-H Marine camps in June and July. Separated from the Destin beaches by the Choctawhatchee Bay, Camp Timpoochee 4-H Center, (located in Niceville, Florida) allows campers first-hand experience with Florida’s marine environment from above and below the waterline. Timpoochee’s marine lab is equipped with large...

Earth Day walk at Camp Helen State Park April 13

Join a naturalists’ walk about with eminent botanist and ecologist, Dr. John Tobe. Enjoy a relaxing natural history walk through a variety of fascinating coastal ecosystems. Explore and observe the unique native flora and fauna of maritime hammocks, coastal flatwoods, dune lake, salt marshes and coastal dunes. Learn the identity and importance of scores of amazing plants and animals. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The walk will stay on established trails and boardwalks, some...

Guided moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March 20

Come experience Campbell Lake, a rare coastal dune lake by the light of the setting sun and the rising moon on the Spring Equinox. Afterwards enjoy a warm campfire, s’mores and hot chocolate. The paddle will be held at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Wed., March 20, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park who use all funds received during this event to help them further...

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Reopens

• Following significant damage from Hurricane Michael, the park is now open for day use – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has reopened portions of T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park for day use following the impacts of Hurricane Michael, including the marina and boat ramp area, the park’s south-end trail, as well as limited beach access.  The park experienced significant damage from Hurricane Michael, including downed trees and debris, facility, boardwalk, road and trail...

St. Andrews State Park reopens

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has reopened portions of St. Andrews State Park for day use following the impacts of Hurricane Michael, including the boat ramp, gulf pier and 36 camping sites. Additionally, the park’s trails are partially open and a majority of the jetty area. The park experienced significant damage from Hurricane Michael, including downed trees and debris, facility, boardwalk, road and trail damage. Following weeks of clean-up and repair, the park was...

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...