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Monarch butterfly science project at Henderson Beach State Park Nov. 2

Come out and experience the beauty of the monarch butterfly at Henderson Beach State Park on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. By participating in a citizen science project, you will get to tag your very own monarch butterfly. There will be a short talk about the monarchs, their migration, food source, native plants and pollinators within Florida. The Florida Native Plant Society will also be joining in. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to help such a...

Monarch butterflies migrate across the Florida Panhandle

Over 1.8 million Monarch butterflies have been tagged and tracked over the past 27 years. This October these iconic beauties will flutter through the Florida Panhandle on their way to the Oyamel fir forests on 12 mountaintops in central Mexico. Monarch Watch volunteers and citizen scientists will be waiting to record, tag and release the butterflies in hopes of learning more about their migration and what the 2019 population count will be. This spring, scientists from World Wildlife Fund Mexico...

Owls – Florida’s remarkable nocturnal birds of prey

According to the Florida Audubon Society, Florida is the year-round home to six (6) species of owls and four (4*) occasional visitors such as the striking Snowy Owl. These owls are listed in the Audubon of Florida Checklist of Florida Birds and are the: Barn Owl Barred Owl Burrowing Owl Eastern Screech-Owl Great Horned Owl Short-eared Owl (*exceedingly rare) Flammulated Owl * Long-eared Owl * Northern Saw-whet Owl * Snowy Owl * Each of the species links above will take...

Artificial reef presentation at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 18

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Dave Clausen, President of the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society and nature photographer, on October 18, 2019 from 10 – 11 a.m. Come learn about and see the beauty of the artificial reefs in the Florida Panhandle through Clausen’s photography. Park staff will be on hand to answer questions afterwards about the seahorse shaped artificial reef just of the park’s shoreline. This program is free with regular park admission. Driving Directions Located in Santa Rosa...

Guided hike at Camp Helen State Park Oct. 31

Join the park ranger on the last Thursday of the month, Oct. 31 for a ranger-led trail hike from 10 – 11 a.m. Camp Helen is home to over 3 1/2 miles of trails that meander through nine different distinct natural communities. A park ranger will lead the group on different sections of the trail for approximately 45 minutes, sharing about the natural and cultural history of Camp Helen State Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Plan to...

Guided plant walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 21

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on Monday, Oct. 21 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. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes as you’ll be walking on uneven terrain. This program is free with regular park admission. Driving Directions Located in Santa Rosa Beach, the park is...

History tour at Camp Helen State Park Oct. 5

Enjoy a history tour of Camp Helen State Park from 10 – 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Park guests will have the opportunity to learn about how recreation has been a part of the park’s heritage for nearly 100 years. From the first hotel built along the bluffs overlooking Lake Powell in the 1920s, to Camp Helen’s hey-day between 1945 and 1987 as a recreation camp for employees of Avondale Textile Mills, our park has been...

Williford, Pitt and Sylvan Springs Recreation areas now open seven days a week

The Northwest Florida Water Management District has returned Williford Spring and Pitt/Sylvan Spring recreation sites to normal operating hours (7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.). The boardwalk and walking trails that connect Pitt to Sylvan are repaired and re-opened. The walking trails that connect Sylvan to Williford remain closed, but work is now underway to clear those trails. The boardwalk to the kayak/canoe launch at Williford is still closed. However repairs have begun and open again in...

Guided plant walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Sept. 16

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on Monday, Sept. 16 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. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes as you’ll be walking on uneven terrain. This program is free with regular park admission. Driving Directions Located in Santa Rosa Beach, the park is...

Guided hike at Camp Helen State Park Sept. 26

Join the park ranger on the last Thursday of the month, Sept. 26 for a ranger-led trail hike from 10 – 11 a.m. Camp Helen is home to over 3 1/2 miles of trails that meander through nine different distinct natural communities. A park ranger will lead the group on different sections of the trail for approximately 45 minutes, sharing about the natural and cultural history of Camp Helen State Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Plan to...