~Visitors invited to a fun event to learn the importance of this natural land management technique~
HOBE SOUND – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Jonathan Dickinson State Park will host Fire Fest on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. This fun-filled family event will emphasize the importance of fire safety and the role of prescribed fire in Florida.
In coordination with the Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park and the Florida Forest Service, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, local businesses and organizations like Barricade Fire Gel, Boy Scouts of America and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will provide free demonstrations, activities and educational materials. Prescribed burn demonstrations led by the Florida Park Service’s District Five Fire Team will take place throughout the event. Inside the Kimbell Education Center, visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits, relax and watch a short film or be creative with crafts, activities and scavenger hunts.
The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park will sell books, t-shirts and walking sticks to help support the historical, educational and ecological enhancement of the park. Visitors will also enjoy live music, guided nature walks, geocaching activities, a dunk tank with park staff, campfire stories and marshmallow roasting, a haunted hayride and a spooky trail with Loxahatchee River Mutants and a Camp Murphy ghost town.
This event is free with regular park entrance fee of $6 per carload of up to eight people. The hayride and dunk tank activities are $1 per person. Most other activities are free.
This event will take place:
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011
3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 Southeast Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, Florida
CONTACT: Libby Reinert, 561.745.5551
DEP Press Office, 850.245.2112, DEPNews@dep.state.fl.us