The Friends of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park will host Park Appreciation Day from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
The event is part appreciation and part membership drive for the “Friends”, a non-profit organization that provides support to a host of missions at T. H. Stone St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.
The day is also part of the National Public Lands Day celebration.
Events begin with a morning shoreline cleanup from 10 a.m. until noon, with free beverages provided to all volunteers.
Family activities include a sandcastle building contest which begins at noon ET.
There will also be environment displays and there will be music from Sonic Tonic and entertainment beginning at 2 p.m. at Eagle Harbor which can be enjoyed by boat or from the harbor beaches.
A low country shrimp boil will begin at 2 p.m. and is open to the public for a $5 donation. The boil is free for current Friends members and park staff.
There will be free ice cream for kids provided by Scallop Cove.
Attendees can also learn about and register to become a member of the Friends organization.
T.H. Stone St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is home to a shoreline named in 2002 as the top beaches in the world.
Last summer, a destination website America’s Best Online, named St. Joseph Peninsula State Park the top state park in the country.
Additional information is available through the Gulf County Tourist Development Council at www.visitgulf.com or by calling 850-229-7800.