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Americana music concert at Camp Helen State Park Jan. 25

Join the Friends of Camp Helen for the Americana Music Concert Series in the historic lodge on Sat., Jan. 25 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Artist Mean Mary will join us for this concert. A Florida native who currently resides in Nashville, she writes beautiful original songs and can play a mean banjo, fiddle and guitar. Pick up FREE tickets for each show in the Visitor’s Center upon paying $2 park admission fees. Tickets are limited to the first 100...

Americana music concert at Camp Helen State Park Jan. 11

Join the Friends of Camp Helen for the Americana Music Concert Series in the historic lodge on Sat., Jan. 11 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Bing Futch will entertain concert-goers with crowd-pleasing blues, folk and old-time music. Originally from California, Bing now makes his home in Orlando. Tickets will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center. Walk over to the Lodge and reserve a seat after acquiring a ticket. Doors open at 6 p.m., and light refreshments will be...

Campfire stories at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Jan. 24

Enjoy stories around the campfire while you learn about park history and what is occurring seasonally. Campfires will be held on the fourth Friday of the month just after sunset, so make sure to enter the park before the gate closes. This activity is a part of the Topsail After Dark Series, which allows visitors to enjoy the park as the wildlife does, nocturnally. The event will be held on Fri., Jan. 24 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This program...

Americana music concert at Camp Helen State Park Jan. 4

Join the Friends of Camp Helen for the Americana Music Concert Series in the historic lodge on Sat., Jan. 4 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. The Currys will kick off the concert season and are perennial favorites at the music series. Lyrically and harmonically pleasing, this trio never fails to impress. Pick up FREE tickets for each show in the Visitor’s Center upon paying $2 park admission fees. Tickets are limited to the first 100 guests beginning at 5:30 p.m....

Polar bear plunges in Santa Rosa Beach and Destin Jan. 1

Santa Rosa Beach: Ed Walline Beach Access The South Walton Fire District in conjunction with Shunk Gulley will host their annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day at Ed Walline Beach Access. The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration is from 11 – 11:45 a.m. at Shunk Gulley located on the corner of Scenic Hwy. 30A and CR 393. The plunge will be across the street at Ed Walline Beach Access at 1 p.m. at 12:15 p.m. there...

Guided first day hike at Grayton Beach State Park Jan. 1

Enjoy a First Day hike with ranger Jacob at Grayton Beach State Park on Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. The hike will travel through the pristine sand dune trail and you will learn about our rare wildlife and plants that inhabit this unique area of the Gulf Coast. Also discover the history behind this changing winter wonderland. It will be a New Year, so please bring appropriate cold weather attire and trail footwear. Meet and the pavilion by the beach...

First Day Hike at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Jan. 1

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and kick off the new year with a First Day Hike on Jan 1. Explore the park with a ranger and learn about the park and its wildlife. Participants attending at 9 a.m. will enjoy a longer four mile round trip hike. Those coming at 2 p.m. will enjoy an easier mile and a half stroll. Both trails are relatively flat with roots, rock and dirt. To enjoy the First Day Hike to the...

First Day hike at Camp Helen State Park Jan. 1

Ring in the new year on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2010 from 10 – 11 a.m. with a hike through Camp Helen State Park. America’s state parks are promoting First Day hikes in all 50 states as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation. Join Ranger Clayton Iron-Wolf through the diverse ecosystems of Camp Helen that wind through oak canopies, mesic flatwoods and rolling dune landscapes. This will be an easy to moderate hike, so it’s great for the...

Learn about insects at St. Andrews State Park Dec. 18

Enjoy a lecture on who’s eating who at St. Andrews State Park on Wed., Dec. 18 from 2 – 3 p.m. Learn about some of our native creepy crawly insects from volunteer Judith Scott. Find out the different bugs that may be biting you and the ones you could bite if you had to. Meet at the visitor center. The park is located at 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, Florida 32408 ::MAP:: Tel: (850) 233-5140 Admission Fee: $8.00 per...

Campfire stories at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 27

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Fri., Dec. 27 for stories around the campfire. Enjoy hearing about the history of the park and what is occurring seasonally in the park. Monthly campfires will be held on the fourth Friday of the month just after sunset, so make sure to enter the park before the gate closes. This activity is a part of the Topsail After Dark Series, which allows park visitors to enjoy the park as the wildlife does,...