Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach celebrates Kids to Parks Day with a Kid Safety Expo and a “Cache In, Trash Out” Adventure from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19.
Participants will explore the park by foot while looking for 13 geocache locations. At each location visited, event participants will learn more about the area of the park they are in and help maintain it by picking up trash as they go. The Kids Safety Expo will be from 9 a.m. to noon and will have fun activities for kids to learn about being safe while outdoors. The Kids Safety Expo and check in for the “Cache In, Trash Out” adventure will be at the amphitheater. Participants will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS, water, weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.
Event attendees will also get to see all six of the educational signs, Cadette Girl Scout, created by Abigail Fleischmann as part of her Girl Scout Silver Award service project and gifted to the park last year. Fleischmann is a Girl Scout from the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Girl Scout Council and worked on this project for more than 60 hours while her parents were resident volunteers at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park last year. Fleischmann spent her time conducting research, taking photographs, designing and soliciting financial support so the signs could be produced to a quality the park could use immediately. The signs are used regularly by the park in kiosks, events and at outreach booths to help educate people about the wildlife in the park. Often only one sign is seen at a time. As a special treat, during the Kids to Parks Day event, attendees will see all six signs created by Fleischmann in one place.
Event is free with regular park admission.
For more information about volunteering or Scout projects for the park, contact the volunteer coordinator at 850-622-2309. For more information about Kids to Parks Day and the park, call the Ranger Station at 850-267-8330 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/Topsail-Hill.