Upcoming Events

Guided kayak tour at Camp Helen State Park July 27

Park ranger staff will lead a leisurely 90-minute paddle on Lake Powell on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 from 9 – 11 a.m. Learn about area history, natural communities and wildlife. Space is limited to 10 single kayaks; reservations are required. Call the park at 850-233-5059. Individuals must be over the age of 12 and able to navigate their watercraft. Program is weather dependent. 

Park entry fee of $4 plus $30 program fee. Cash only, exact change only. Fee includes watercraft rental, life jacket, paddle and a donation to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Personal watercraft and gear are not permitted. Meet at the visitor center.

Event Essential Eligibility Criteria

For more information contact Scarlett.A.Dunn@FloridaDEP.gov

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

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::

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Presentation about the painted ceiling at Wakulla Springs State Park July 29

Join a ranger-led presentation on the characters, wildlife, ships and scenery on the painted ceiling of the Lodge at the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, and stay for dinner in the grand dining room. The presentation will be on Thurs., July 29 from 6 – 7 p.m. Ask your tour leader for a coupon good for a free featured appetizer with a dinner purchase. One coupon per couple, please. The tour is free with paid park entry.

Event Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Contact Jeffrey.Hugo@FloridaDEP.gov for more information.

Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs FL 32327 ::MAP:: 

Learn more about Wakulla Springs State Park here.

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Guided kayak tour at Rocky Bayou State Park July 30

The Friends of Emerald Coast State Parks are hosting an interpretive kayak tour at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park from 9 – 11 a.m. on July 30, 2021. Meet the local wildlife and enjoy the scenic views of the bayou on an interpretive guided tour with Park Ranger Bruce and friends.

Kayaks, life vests and paddles will be provided for a fee of $25 per person. Bring your own kayak and join in on the fun for only $5.

Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, visit https://tinyurl.com/4n42ee5z

This beginner-level tour will last 2 hours and is open to anyone 10 or older. Children 10 to 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Registrants must arrive 10 minutes early and meet at the kayak area, which is located in the day use area.

Located at 4281 State Road 20, Niceville, FL 32578 | (850) 833-9144
Park Entrance Fee Separate | $5 Per Vehicle (up to 8 people)

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Splash bash and backpack giveaway in DeFuniak Springs July 31

Walton County Sheriff’s Office is excited to host the annual Back-to-School Splash Bash and backpack giveaway. The event will be held by Walton County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies at Wee Care Park from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sat., July 31, 2021.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, and snowcones will be available for all who attend. Backpacks will be given out on a first come first serve basis along with some basic school supplies.

They will have inflatable slides, bouncy houses, and kids activities for fun for the whole family.

Wee Care park is located at 552 Walton Road, DeFuniak Springs.

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Ranger led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park Aug. 5

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 10 – 11 a.m.

Join in for a ranger-guided nature hike. Camp Helen boasts nine distinct natural communities throughout the park with varied flora and fauna. Learn about our rare coastal dune lake, Lake Powell, as well as the park wildlife. Hike is suitable for all ages. Dress for the weather; water and bug spray are recommended.

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

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::

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History tour at Camp Helen State Park Aug. 7

Enjoy a history tour of Camp Helen State Park from 10 – 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

Join park staff and volunteers on a walk through the rich history of the park. Learn about the early indigenous people who occupied this land all the way through to the 1920s when the park was developed as a private residence for the Hicks family and later turned into a summer retreat for Avondale Textile mill employees and their families. Depending upon availability, there will be the opportunity to go inside historic structures. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Event Essential Eligibility Criteria

For further questions, feel free to contact the office at Camp Helen at (850) 233-5059.

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. Click here for park website.

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Wausau Possum Festival Aug. 7

The annual Possum Festival and parade will take place on Saturday, August 7, 2021 in historic downtown Wausau, Florida.

The festival kick off with a 6 a.m. Shriner pancake breakfast, followed by arts/craft vendors, hog callin’, rooster crowin’, cow lowin’ contests, food, entertainment. The parade will start at 10 a.m.

The festival will be held at 3121 Possum Palace Drive, Wausau, FL. 32463

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