St. Vincent Island Open House March 28

St. Vincent

Tours of St. Vincent island will take place during Open House.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:20 AM.

The most popular happening on St. Vincent Island will be held this month.  The annual Open House on St. Vincent Island will take place 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ET on Friday, March 28.  This is your chance to experience the beauty of St. Vincent Island and learn more about what goes on at this wildlife refuge and other nearby natural areas.  Free transportation to and from the island will be provided by the refuge barge. The barge will pick up visitors at the USFWS barge dock which is located a short distance northeast of the Indian Pass boat ramp.  This year there will be a limit of 250 visitors on the island for this event.

  There will be guided walks and tours, educational presentations, and guided wagon tours.  Visitors can sign up for the wagon tour and other guided events when they reach the island (visitors may only sign up for themselves) or they can explore the island on their own.  Some of the guided activities include birding walks, beach walks, photography safaris, and hiking tours.  In the outdoor amphitheater – created by placing folding chairs under one of the island’s huge live oaks - there will be educational presentations about the history of St. Vincent Island and “The Plants Around Us”.

The Supporters of St. Vincent Island will be providing hot dogs and drinks at a booth right beside live musical entertainment provided by Neil Jones.  There will be informational booths set up by the St. Marks Refuge, Panama City Fish and Wildlife, Riverkeepers, Florida Park Service, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol and the St. Vincent Supporters.  Susan Richarson will be our visiting on-site artist.  Come prepared to enjoy the day on St. Vincent Island – wear your walking shoes and a smile. Volunteers will be at the Indian Pass boat ramp to guide you to the barge that will take you to the island. Here is the schedule of events for the Open House:

                        9 a.m.       Music during the day                        Neil Jones                                 

                        9:30 a.m.   Wagon Tour                                    John Inzetta & Denise Williams

                                          Coastal Photo Walk                       Paul Phelps

                        9:45 a.m.  Hiking Tour                          Jeff Strickland

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