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Movies and More 2018 @ Camp Helen State Park

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm CDT

Event is free. Donations are accepted and will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the parks resource management, projects and interpretative programs.

More Information:
Visit Friends of Camp Helen on Facebook or call (850) 233-5059

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

The Friends of Camp Helen State Park and Camp Helen Park staff, invite the whole family to the fifth annual Movies & More series, for an evening filled with movies, food & fun. The event starts at 5:30 pm and will begin with an interpretative program, followed by a campfire cookout, including hotdogs, s’mores and drinks, and will end with a movie sure to be enjoyed by all. The event will be held at the parks Recreation Hall, where seating will be provided.

June 13th “The Little Mermaid” (rated G) – National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration will be presenting a marine touch tank and interpreting local sea life.

June 27th “A Bug’s Life” (rated G) – Bay County Mosquito Control will be presenting insects and a bug-cational activity for the kids.

July 11th “Madagascar” (rated PG) – Gulf World will be presenting an exciting animal ambassador and interpreting the animal’s biology and ecology.

July 25th “Fern Gully-the last rainforest” (rated G) – A Camp Helen Park Ranger will facilitate an educational activity and interpretive program on the Florida Black Bear.

Additional Information:

A parent or guardian must accompany all children.

Participation Requirements

Visit facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark for additional information.

 

Sea Turtle Talk And Walk Registration @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 8:00pm EDT to Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 12:00am EDT

$12.00 per person

More Information:
Arthur.Carton@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Each June and July MacArthur Beach State Park offers evening turtle walks so that visitors can have a chance at viewing loggerhead sea turtles laying their eggs. This ancient ritual is a sight not to be missed! Turtle Walks fill up quickly so be sure to register early. The Walk schedule starts on June 4, 2018 and runs through July 13, 2018 (M, W, & F with the exception of June 8, 22 and July 4). Registration launches on May 29 at 9 a.m. Registration will be online and sold as "tickets" through www.macarthurbeach.org Price is $12.00 per ticket, non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by Park staff. The event is for adults and children 12 years old and up.

Sea Turtle Talk And Walks @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 8:00pm to 11:59pm EDT

Tickets are $12 per person.

More Information:
arthur.carton@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Each June and July MacArthur Beach State Park offers evening turtle walks so that visitors can have a chance at viewing loggerhead sea turtle laying their eggs. This ancient ritual is a sight not to be missed! Turtle Walks fill up quickly so be sure to register early. Registration will be online and sold as "tickets" through www.macarthurbeach.org. Price is $12 per ticket, non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by park staff. Registration starts on May 29 at 9:00 a.m.

Trapper Nelson Interpretive Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EDT
More Information:
libby.reinert@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southeast region at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

The 60 passenger Loxahatchee Queen III takes visitors on a one-and-a-half-hour tour of the river, with a stop at the restored 1930s camp of Trapper Nelson, the "Wildman of the Loxahatchee." At the site, park staff lead visitors around the grounds and buildings of a true Florida original, who made his living off the land as a trapper and fur trader. Once fame caught up with Trapper, however, he evolved himself and his home into one of the area's first tourist attractions, "Trapper's Zoo and Jungle Gardens." Trapper's unsolved death in 1968 gives a fitting sense of mystery to the site. A visual interpretation of Trapper's is available at the Visitor's Center, on the Loxahatchee Queen, or on site by request. A gently sloped and wheelchair friendly sidewalk leads to a small pier to the boat dock; passengers must be able to get onto the pontoon boat without a wheelchair. A beach wheelchair is also available for use on site with advanced noticed. Please contact the Ranger Station, (772) 546-2771, or the Kimbell Center, (561) 745-5551 for more information. Trapper's is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week (schedule may vary throughout the year), and is accessible only by canoe, boat or by the concession's tour boat. Call the park concession at (561) 746-1466 for information on times and prices for the Loxahatchee Queen III.

Guided Kayak Tour @ Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am CDT

Regular park entrance fees apply.

More Information:
katrina.e.snyder@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
4281 S.R.20
Niceville, FL, FL 32578

Join a Park Ranger for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter.

Osprey and bald eagles are known to nest within the area. Osprey in particular are often sighted by campers, kayakers and locals.

Space is limited to 12 people for the trip. There are 5 double kayaks and 2 single kayaks available to rent or you may bring your own vessel. A signup sheet will be available in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and will be on a first come first serve basis.
Park admission fees do apply and are $5.00 per vehicle.

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