Exploring Entertainment in Florida's 850 & Beyond
The third annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park begins on Wednesday, June 1. The summer fun series will continue on Wednesdays, June 15, 29, July 13 and 27.
The evenings begin at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen.
Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in the Recreation Hall, where seating will be provided. A parent or guardian must accompany all children.
These special movie nights are sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Admission into the park for this event is free, although donations are accepted. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs.
On Wednesday, June 29, “A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures” will be featured. You can follow the wonderful adventures of the green sea turtle Sammy as he searches the ocean for his lost true love. During the epic journey that all turtles accomplish before returning to where they
were born, Sammy dodges every possible danger, including battling with piranhas, escaping an eagle and searching for a mysterious secret passage, hoping to meet Shelly again. (Rated PG). Gulf World will present the interpretive program on Sea Turtles.
On Wednesday, July 13, the movie “Hoot” will be shown. This movie, based on Carl Hiassen’s novel, follows a group of children trying to save a burrowing owl habitat from destruction. The habitat is located on the construction site of a pancake house. The developer of the project intends to proceed, regardless of the environmental damage it would cause. “Hoot” features live burrowing owls and music by Jimmy Buffet. (Rated PG). The interpretive program, facilitated by a Camp Helen Park Ranger, will be about Birds and Owls.
On Wednesday, July 27, “Open Season” will be the last movie shown in the 2016 series. This movie features Boog, a domesticated grizzly bear with no survival skills, who meets Elliot, a scrawny, fast talking mule deer with only one antler. When Elliot convinces Boog to leave his comfortable home in a park ranger’s garage to test the great outdoors, Boog’s life spirals out of control. The two find themselves in the forest with open season only three days away. To acclimate in a hurry, they must join forces to unite the woodland creatures and take back the forest. (Rated PG). The interpretive program topic, presented by Gulf World, will be about King Snakes and Wild Animals in an urban setting.
More information is available at facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark, by calling (850) 233-5059 or by emailing CampHelenFriends@gmail.com.
Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Panama City Beach, just west of the Lake Powell Bridge.