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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.

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 e-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 the Apalachicola River near Blountstown, FL; the Altha Trail near Altha, FL; along the Econfina Creek between Scott Road and Hwy 20; and the FNST through Pine Log State Forest to the Choctawhatchee River. The Panhandle Chapter of the FTA 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 typically meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. We currently meet online via Zoom until the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

Upcoming events (4)

Pinelog 1.8 Mile walk celebrating National Trails Day

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Celebrate the 30th Annual National Trails Day with us at Pinelog State Forest. Stop by our chapter display and learn about the Panhandle Chapter FTA and the Florida National Scenic Trail, one of 11 federally designated Scenic Trails. We are leading hikes at 8:30 and 9:30 along the 1.8 mile campground loop. Children are welcome, although the trail is not stroller friendly. All children must be accompanied by a parent. Carry water and waste bags for leashed dogs. Bring water, sunscreen, bug spray and a camera . Wear sturdy shoes as trail will be uneven with roots and possible wet areas.
Please note: a $2 day use fee is required. There is a kiosk available at the entrance but it doesn't accept cash. Pay your fee online at Reserveamerica.com

For a list of National Trails Day© events in other places, see the American Hiking Society web site:
http://www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/

Volunteer Work at the Science and Discovery Center

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We will be doing trail clearing at the Science and Discovery Center nature trail. This is NOT a FTA event, so we will need people to bring their own gear and equipment. All participants must bring hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection, full gloves, long sleeve shirt, long pants, shoes that fully cover feet and ankles. Sawyers must bring own chainsaws, gas, bar oil, tools, and chaps. All participants must bring their own lunch/snacks/drinks, or plan to acquire locally. Other tools that may be useful include handsaws and brushcutters. If you have any questions, please message Darryl Updegrove/event host.

Pinelog 1.8 Mile walk celebrating National Trails Day

Needs a location

Celebrate the 30th Annual National Trails Day with us at Pinelog State Forest. Stop by our chapter display and learn about the Panhandle Chapter FTA and the Florida National Scenic Trail, one of 11 federally designated Scenic Trails. We are leading hikes at 8:30 and 9:30 along the 1.8 mile campground loop. Children are welcome, although the trail is not stroller friendly. All children must be accompanied by a parent. Carry water and waste bags for leashed dogs. Bring water, sunscreen, bug spray and a camera . Wear sturdy shoes as trail will be uneven with roots and possible wet areas.
Please note: a $2 day use fee is required. There is a kiosk available at the entrance but it doesn't accept cash. Pay your fee online at Reserveamerica.com

For a list of National Trails Day© events in other places, see the American Hiking Society web site:
http://www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/

Panhandle June General/Business Meeting - Zoom and In-Person

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We will be meeting in a new meeting space: the Discover Panama City meeting room.

Our featured speaker will be from the Nature Conservancy. Bay County Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to the preservation of environmentally sensitive lands in Northwest Florida. It was formed in 1998 initially to hold title to 30 acres of wetlands in the middle of Panama City, Florida. BCC now holds 18 land preserves in 6 northwest Florida Counties (totaling approximately 324 acres) and has added the “The Land Conservancy of Northwest Florida” to its name. BCC is registered with the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. Its goal is to acquire land that will enhance the present and future natural resources of this area.
More information about the Conservancy and its protected properties visit their website at http://www.baycountyconservancy.org/

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