What we're about

Welcome to our Meetup Group

for hikers in Florida's central panhandle!

The purpose of this meetup group is to introduce you to the Florida Trail and the Panhandle Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA), and to encourage you to become an FTA member.

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Please consider becoming a member of the Florida Trail Association!

(Note that meetup membership is not the same as FTA membership!)

Membership in the FTA requires a small annual fee, but entitles you to many benefits: the FTA newsletter called the Footprint, the monthly Chapter newsletter called Panhandle News, access to our "members-only" activities, and discounted trainings such as First Aid, GPS, and chainsaw training and certification. But most important, FTA membership is your opportunity to support the goals and ideals of the Florida Trail Association.

To become a member of the FTA, talk to a friendly Chapter member at one of our meetings. Or you can go to the FTA website, www.floridatrail.org (http://www.floridatrail.org/) . From there, click on JOIN!

The Chapter is responsible for maintaining the part of the Florida National Scenic Trail from Blountstown, FL along the Econfina Creek to Pine Log State Forest. The FTA Panhandle Chapter welcomes members from Bay, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Gulf, and Calhoun Counties.

The Panhandle Chapter hosts monthly meetings featuring nature programs and plans several outdoor activities each month of interest to all ages.

Our Chapter meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. We meet at the Science & Discovery Center of NW Florida located at 308 Airport Rd, Panama City, FL 32405.

Upcoming events (5+)

Chapter Business Meeting - Sonny's BBQ in Lynn Haven

Our leadership team meets monthly to discuss the business of the chapter and welcomes any FTA member to join us. We meet by conference call with a face-to-face meeting once a quarter. If you would like to attend, please contact Darryl Updegrove or Jennifer Larck to attend this quarterly face to face meeting. The dinner will be at your own expense, but we need to reserve enough seats for all who wish to attend. We're always looking for more folks to step up and help out with various positions in the chapter. We have several committee chair positions vacant, like public relations and newsletter. If you would like to offer a few hours of your time to help support the chapter, please contact Darryl Updegrove or Jennifer Larck today! Thank you! Your Leadership Team Chair: Darryl Updegrove Vice Chair: Jennifer Larck Treasurer: Bryan Durta Secretary: Evan Updegrove Director: Charissa Thacker

FNSTrail Maintenance and Spring Swim

FNST Hwy 20 Trailhead

We will meet at the trailhead on Hwy. 20 and perform general maintenance along the Florida Trail. All PPE to be worn at all times. Tools and equipment provided. Dress accordingly with weather and for field work. (pants, sturdy shoes. Long sleeve and boots for sawyers) Bring water and any snacks/food Bring swimwear for a dip in Williford Springs afterwards

September Chapter Meeting

Amavida Coffee And Tea

For September, our chapter meeting focus will be on preparing for the Panhandle Gathering in November. We are looking for certified activity leaders to lead hikes; Volunteers to help with setup, registration, coordination, cooking and cleanup; and Volunteers for work partieis to clean and clear our trails prior to November. If you want to help in any way, or want to learn more, this is the meeting for you!

Chapter Business Meeting

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Our leadership team meets monthly to discuss the business of the chapter and welcomes any FTA member to join us. We meet by conference call with a face to face meeting once a quarter. If you would like to attend, please contact Darryl Updegrove or Jennifer Larck for conference call information or for a schedule of our quarterly face to face meetings. We're always looking for more folks to step up and help out with various positions in the chapter. We have several committee chair positions vacant, like public relations and newsletter. If you would like to offer a few hours of your time to help support the chapter, please contact Darryl Updegrove or Jennifer Larck today! Thank you! Your Leadership Team Chair: Darryl Updegrove Vice Chair: Jennifer Larck Treasurer: Bryan Durta Secretary: Evan Updegrove Director: Charissa Thacker

Past events (605)

FNSTrail Maintenance-Rattlesnake Lake West

FNST Hwy 20 Trailhead

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