Camp Timpoochee

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Programs at Camp Timpoochee 4-H camp bring science to life in this living laboratory, with the forest and bay providing classrooms for hands-on learning. The marine lab houses a number of 50-250 gallon aquariums with examples of fresh and bay life. Marine education workshops for teachers, as well as marine camps for youth, are held each year.

Programs are designed to give participants an opportunity to learn while seining, cast netting, fishing, or snorkeling. Enjoy the bay while kayaking, or take a leisurely ride on our 28-foot pontoon boat. Trained staff will customize any program to your needs. Camp Timpoochee’s open air classroom provides a unique opportunity to learn about our ecosystem and how we interact with our natural environment.

Address: 4275 Timpoochee Lane, Niceville, FL, 32578

Phone: (850) 897-2224


Blackwater Hatchery

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The Blackwater Hatchery provides visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the native fish species in Northwest Florida. The Center manages multiple lakes in the area, and throughout the year it is possible to see young fish in the hatchery ponds. Staff also raise Striped Bass, hybrid Striped Bass, Channel Catfish and several Bass and Bream species which have been stocked in rivers and lakes throughout Florida.

In addition to their hatchery work, researchers at this facility have done studies on the rare but impressive Alligator Gar, as well as Bass and Bream species. Tours of the hatchery and the research facility are available upon request (see contact above).

While at the hatchery, visitors can look for many bird varieties. The site has been designated as part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, and over 80 species have been identified here. The ponds are popular for wading and shorebirds, while the short trails give birders the possibility of spotting woodpeckers and songbirds. Stop at the bird kiosk to see what others have spotted and log your own sightings!

Address: 8384 Fish Hatchery Road, Holt, FL, 32564

Phone: (850) 957-6177


Emerald Coast Science Center

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Fun for the whole family!

Animal encounters, hands-on exhibits, small lab experience, markerspace, summer STEM workshops, and more!

Discover the difference a hands-on encounter with science can make.

Days: Monday - Saturday

Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Address: 31 SW Memorial Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Phone: (850) 664-1261