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#20for20in2018 @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkFriday, July 20, 2018 (All day)
Event is free. This event is NOT inside the park. It is outside the park at various locations throughout Walton County, Florida. Check the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park's Facebook page for clues on the location of the gift.
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park as it celebrates its twentieth birthday of being a Florida State Park in 2018. To celebrate, the park is giving away twenty presents. On the 20th of each month, starting in February, there will be one or two gift(s) hidden somewhere in Walton County, Florida for people to find. Hints about where the gift is hidden will be posted on the Facebook page of the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park that day until the gift is found. The first person to arrive at the location where the gift is will get to take it home with them. There will also be a Birthday Party in August as part of the Sea Turtle Baby Shower event that month so stay tuned for more information.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park sends out periodic emails regarding programs, events, news and volunteer opportunities. You can sign up to receive these emails through the links provided below. Please note you will need to sign up through each link of the type of emails you wish to receive. Signing up for one does not sign you up for the others. To receive emails regarding programs and events at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park please sign up here. To receive emails regarding park news such as prescribed fires, park closures or wildlife sightings at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park please sign up here. To receive emails regarding volunteer opportunities at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park please sign up here.
Nature Days for Children @ Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkFriday, July 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Cost is $40/child for 5 sessions or $10/day, ages 8 - 12.
Nature Days Camp program that includes daily programs on birds, reptiles and amphibians, plants, insects and spiders and mammals. Program includes walks, games, crafts and daily snacks.
Trapper Nelson Interpretive Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State ParkFriday, July 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EDT
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 Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkFriday, July 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
Free with park admission.
Join us for a guided exploration of MacArthur Beach State Park daily at 10:00 a.m. Meet in front of the Park's Nature Center.
Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.
Kid's Corner - Environmental Activities @ Gilchrist Blue Springs State ParkFriday, July 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EDT
Kid's Corner - Environmental Activities
Join us at Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park for interactive kid's activities! From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. children can complete the Junior Ranger CORE activities, collect passport stamps and earn an official Junior Ranger badge, patch or pin! Junior Ranger activities are appropriate for children aged 6 and up, but we will also have critter coloring pages available for all ages as well as an EnviroScape demonstration that teaches kids how watersheds work and what we can do to protect our precious water and springs.