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Ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park Dec. 3

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 10 – 11 a.m. You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within the park and the larger ecosystem of the Florida Panhandle. This hike is great for all experience levels and requires moderate endurance. Meet at the visitor center. The Oak Canopy and North Trails have a combination of paved, sand and packed-earth terrain. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes,...

Ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park Nov. 5

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 10 – 11 a.m. You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within our park and the larger ecosystem of the Florida Panhandle. This hike is great for all experience levels and requires moderate endurance. Meet at the visitor center. The Oak Canopy and North Trails have a combination of paved, sand and packed-earth terrain. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes,...

DEP and The Nature Conservancy acquire more than 17,000 acres in Florida’s Big Bend

~ Iconic Bluffs of St. Teresa will be protected for generations~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Oct. 7, 2020 – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and The Nature Conservancy closed on a historic 17,088-acre land acquisition last week. The Dickerson Bay property, also known as the Bluffs of St. Teresa, is an essential tract of land in Florida’s Big Bend in the midst of a protected landscape spanning over one million acres. This acquisition closes the gap between Bald Point...

Ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park Sept. 3

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 10 – 11 a.m. You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within our park and the larger ecosystem of the Florida Panhandle. This hike is great for all experience levels and requires moderate endurance. Meet at the visitor center. The Oak Canopy and North Trails have a combination of paved, sand and packed-earth terrain. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes,...

Ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park Aug. 6

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 10 – 11 a.m. You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within our park and the larger ecosystem of the Florida Panhandle. This hike is great for all experience levels and requires moderate endurance. Meet at the visitor center. The Oak Canopy and North Trails have a combination of paved, sand and packed-earth terrain. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes,...

The interesting life of a hickory horned devil

The hickory horned devil is a blue-green colored caterpillar, about the size of a large hot dog, covered in long black thorns.  They are often seen feeding on the leaves of deciduous forest trees, such as hickory, pecan, sweetgum, sumac and persimmon.  For about 35 days, the hickory horned devil continuously eats, getting bigger and bigger every day.  In late July to mid-August, they crawl down to the ground to search for a suitable location to burrow into the soil...

Williford, Pitt/Sylvan recreation sites re-open

June 17, 2020 – The Northwest Florida Water Management District has re-opened its recreation sites and camp sites previously closed by concerns from COVID-19. The list of openings includes Williford Spring and Pitt/Sylvan Spring springs day-use recreation sites. The sites at Williford and Pitt and Sylvan springs will resume normal operating hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week). It also includes the following reservable camp sites: Rattlesnake Lake North (Econfina Creek Water Management Area) Sparkleberry Pond (Econfina...

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park July 2

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, July 2 from 10 – 11 a.m. You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within our park and the larger ecosystem of the Florida Panhandle. This hike is great for all experience levels and requires moderate endurance. Meet at the visitor center. The Oak Canopy and North Trails have a combination of paved, sand and packed-earth terrain. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes,...