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Ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park March 4

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, March 4 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 Feb. 4

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Feb. 4 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 Jan. 7

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Jan. 7 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,...

First Day hike at Camp Helen State Park Jan. 1

On New Year’s Day, America’s state parks will once again be celebrating with First Day Hikes, when people welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. This year, Camp Helen will host a self-guided hike on the North Trail. Trail is 1.8 miles total with a self-guided native plant tour brochure that corresponds with numbers on the trail. A park ranger will walk the trail from 9 to 10 a.m. and will answer any questions you may have. North Trail...

Williford, Pitt/Sylvan, and Blue Spring along Econfina Creek reopen

The Northwest Florida Water Management District is re-opening three of its most popular recreation sites along Econfina Creek on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The day-use recreation sites at Williford Spring, Pitt/Sylvan springs, and Blue Spring will each re-open at 8 a.m. Saturday. All three day-use sites return to normal operating hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week). “We are so lucky to live in this part of the state and to have access to some of the...

Help with skunk conservation; report sightings to the FWC

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has launched a new community science project aimed at learning more about Florida’s skunk populations. The Sunshine State is home to two species of skunks, the striped skunk and the smaller eastern spotted skunk. Both are thought to be found throughout the state and biologists are hoping to involve the public in collecting observations to learn more about the distribution of both species and the types of habitats in which they are...

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,...