It’s fall at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and with that comes seasonal beauty in the form of wings and petals

It’s fall at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and with that comes seasonal beauty in the form of wings and petals. This is a great time of year to enjoy fall flowers, migrating birds and butterflies.

Many flowering plants are blooming at the park. White daisies, Spanish needles, blazing stars, false foxgloves, leaning yellow aster and goldenrod are among the plants showing their colors. The State Park invites everyone to come and witness the wonders of nature first hand.

Located in Gulf County, consisting of the northern 10 miles of St. Joseph Peninsula, the property was formally dedicated as a Florida State Park in September of 1967. The park was named in honor of Terrell Higdon Stone (1868-1958), one of the first settlers of the Port St. Joe area and the former owner of the land that includes the park. Today the park includes one of the largest tracts of undeveloped coastal dune areas in the state, including a 1,700-acre wilderness preserve. It is also important habitat for many animals and birds, including the threatened snowy plover and the endangered St. Andrew beach mouse. Also preserved are cultural resources such as sites settled by hunter-gatherers of the Weeden Island, Mississippian and Fort Walton Cultures, the site of a former fort established by Spanish explorers and a former WWII-era military training site.

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park will celebrate its 50th anniversary during “Park Appreciation Day” Sunday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET. All activities will be held at the Eagle Harbor area of the park. The event will include food, music, fun family activities, and environmental displays and information. Regular park entrance fees will apply.

The celebration is funded by the parks support organization, the Friends of St. Joseph State Park Inc. The event is dedicated to everyone that has supported the park in its mission of preserving Florida’s natural and cultural resources while providing recreational opportunities. The Stone family, previous managers, supporting agencies, environmental groups, staff, volunteers, and park visitors will be recognized during the event for supporting the park for the last 50 years.

Millions of people have visited and enjoyed the park in the past half century and everyone is invited to come celebrate T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park’s 50 years as a State Park on Nov. 5 at the Annual Park Appreciation Day event.

To learn more about 50th Anniversary event or park information please call 227-1327 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org/stjoseph/ .