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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.

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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

Needs a location

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

October Chapter Meeting

Amavida Coffee And Tea

Come join us at Amavida Coffee shop in old St. Andrews. Our speaker will be Scarlett A. Dunn who is the Park Services Specialist Camp Helen / Eden Gardens State Park. She will be speaking about the Florida black bear. How we impact the wildlife by feeding them. Hope to see you there!!

Explore the Outdoors Festival in Freeport (Volunteers needed)

Come and get involved. Panhandle FTA will have a booth to educate about the local trails, maintenance, and about getting involved in the FTA. Walton Outdoors will be hosting our 10th annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Saturday, Oct. [masked]. The fun-filled family event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the beautiful waterfront location of Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination. The day is geared toward engaging children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. Hands on activities will include fishing, kayaking, wildlife, archery, interactive educational exhibits, giveaways and much more. The event is free for all ages. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up.

Chapter Business Meeting

Needs a location

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 (611)

Volunteer Work Party at Pine Log East

Crooked Creek Trailhead

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