Movie Night at the Park/ Night Hike this Saturday


This Saturday, December 14th-

6 p.m. Movie NIght at the SplashpadPolar Express

7:30 p.m. Ranger Led Night Hike, starts after the movie at the nature center.


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Christmas At Palmetto Island this Saturday!

Christmas At Palmetto Island this Saturday!*

-Saturday, December 7th 2-4 pm @ Nature Center

       Christmas activities, Santa will be on site for cookies and milk @3 . Photographer will be available on site. Donations are welcome.

-Friends of Palmetto Island State Park Membership and Christmas Social 4-6 pm

       In the meeting room. All park guests are invited to attend. Membership and Volunteer drawings at 6pm. Light refreshments and music will be provided. Bring you own Adult beverages.

*Entry fee into park will apply


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October Programs, Nature Center

Weekends Programs

-Saturdays – 11 a.m. – Ranger Led Hike

Guests are welcome to join a ranger led hike which will introduce them to PalmettoIslandState Park. Hike will focus on the many plants and animals that call the park home. Hike will also provide information on the facilities and park itself. Guests will meet in the nature center.

-Saturdays – 2 p.m. – Nature Center Fun Hour

Park guests of all ages are welcome to enjoy a fun filled activity in the nature center. Programs will vary each week and will include an activity such as wildlife bingo or arts and crafts. Call the nature center at 337-893-7047 for more information on the program of the week.

-Fridays – 2 p.m. – Nature Theater

Come watch a nature video that is both entertaining and educational. Park guests will meet at the nature center for a weekly video on topics such as animal hunts, the wild life of bees, and much more.

Monthly programs

*halloween actvities are planned thoughout the day on October 26th (see previous post)

-Friday, October 18th- 7 p.m. – Night Hike

All guests are invited to join a park ranger on a night hike. Each month, on the weekend closest to the full moon, come enjoy the excitement of PalmettoIsland under moonlight. Grab your flashlight, bug spray and meet at the nature center at 7 p.m. Hike will take approximately one hour. Most of the park’s mammals, such as deer, are more active during the night at the park, so who knows what we may run into!

-Sunday October 6th and November 3rd – 10 a.m. – Guided Canoe Tour

Come join a ranger led guided canoe tour through PalmettoIsland. Tour will include an introductory lesson on paddling, followed by a tour through the park’s three ponds. Guests will also learn about common animals found along the park’s ponds, including the park’s many alligators. It is free to attend, but guests must pre-register by calling 337-893-7047 or email

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Halloween activities, Saturday Oct 26th

1) Ghost and Goblin 5K run

Splashpad Parking Lot 8:30-10:30 am

3.1 mile run through Palmetto Island State Park, advance registration fee $25

Call Shannon 337-652-2484 or email

2) Palmetto Island’s 3rd Birthday Celebrations

Cake & Refreshments, Meeting Room 2-3pm

3) Games & Activity Booths

Grounds near splashpad 2-4:30 pm

4) Campsite Decorating Contest

Prizes for 1rst-3rd, Judging takes place from 3:30-4:30 pm

5) Trick or Treat

Throughout campground 5-7 pm

6) Haunted Trail

Meet at Nature Trail next to campsite #74, 7-9 pm

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Fall hours

During the winter season (October-March) the Nature Center Hours will be

Tuesday-Friday 1-4pm

Saturday 10-4 pm

and by appointment, call- 337-893-7047

Hours are subject to change based on school groups/special events.


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Fall is here/Splash Pad closure

Can you feel it? Cooler temperatures are slowly coming. Sadly, this means the closing of the splash pad. This will be the last weekend of the spalsh pad, it will close on the first of October. Take this last opportunity to enjoy it before it closes unitl April of 2014!

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Night Hike cancelled!

Due to the weather, the nature hikes will be closed for today, Saturday September 21. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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