Coastal dune lake ecology school at Camp Helen State Park

October 11, 2017

October 24, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The UF/IFAS Panhandle Outdoor Live Team presents the 2017 Coastal Dune Lake Water School. Walton County Florida is home to 15 beautiful, yet globally imperiled, coastal dune lakes. The dune lakes are vitally important to our coastal communities, providing a wide range of ecosystem services. The lakes are teaming with life, contribute greatly to our water system, and help support a growing tourism industry. Come explore the history and ecology of the dune lakes. Learn about current research and protection efforts and what you might do to help preserve the coastal dune lakes.

An optional kayak tour of Lake Powell, the largest of the coastal dune lakes will be offered at the end of the seminar. For additional information contact: Laura Tiu,, 850-612-6197 or Scott Jackson,, 850-866-2300.

8:30-9:00 Registration & coffee – Camp Helen State Park Lodge
9:00 – 9:30 Laura Tiu, UF/IFAS Okaloosa & Walton County Sea Grant Extension Agent – “Brief Overview, History and Ecology of the Coastal Dune Lakes”
9:30 – 10:00 Brandy Foley, Monitoring Coordinator, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance – “Paleolimnology of Two Coastal Dune Lakes in Northwest Florida”
10:00 – 10:30 Clayton Iron Wolf, Camp Helen Park Ranger – “Importance of Lake Powell and its Benefit to the Park”
10:30 – 11:00 Break (light snack provided)
11:00 – 11:30 Jeff Talbert, Field Biologist Atlanta Botanical Garden – “The Deer Creek State Park Restoration Project”
11:30 – 12:00 Norm Capra, Lake Powell Community Alliance and The Friends of Camp Helen State Park – “Conservation of Shorebirds at Lake Powell and Camp Helen”
12:00 – 12:30 Bring your own sack lunch break
12:30 – 1:00 Dana Stephens, Director of the Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute – “Coastal Dune Lakes Water Quality”
1:00 – 1:30 Melinda Gates, Environmental Specialist, Walton County – “Walton County Coastal Dune Lake Protection and Preservation Efforts”
1:30 – 2:00 Evaluation & Adjourn
2:00 – 4:00 Scott Jackson, Sea Grant Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Bay County – Kayak Tour of Lake Powell

You will need to pay the park entry fee to get into the park, please carpool. Bring a refillable coffee mug, water bottle and a sack lunch. Water, coffee, and light snacks will be provided.

Cost for the seminar is $10. Additional kayak tour $25. Click here to register.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

Park Fees
There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian.

Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413