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The Kimbell Education and Visitor Center includes an exhibit area that interprets for visitors the rich natural and cultural resources featured in the park.  In addition, the center has been providing community groups with outstanding educational programming since its opening in 2007.  Volunteers and staff are on duty in the Kimbell Center from 9 am – 5 pm daily from Labor Day to Memorial Day, ready to guide visitors to the recreational opportunity that best suits them and provide additional information to enrich their park visit.    

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Sara Luering

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Kimbell Center Programs and Activities

Featured Activities

Bones, Skulls and Skins

Indoor/Outdoor Program; Program begins in the classroom where participants examine native and non-native wildlife skulls, bones, and skins and discuss the wildlife that live in Florida and the park; the program also focuses on non-native wildlife and their impacts on natural areas in Florida; participants have an option at the end of the program to go on a short nature walk to look for wildlife or evidence they leave behind

Dip-Net Discovery

Indoor/Outdoor program; outdoor collection and microscope/lab activity. Participants explore a sandhill upland lake, discovering the life within the lake and learning about these unique and important natural communities in Florida; program involves traveling between two different locations in the park (4 miles apart) and is best for smaller groups (or splitting groups)

Pioneering Pinelands

This guided nature walk follows the Wilson Creek or Kitching Creek Nature Trail, discovering the ecology of the low pine flatwoods and the natural and cultural history of the local area. The trails are approximately ½ and 1½ miles long, respectively.

Camping/Hiking 101 / 201 Classes

Camping 101 introduces participants to the basics of camping.  This class provides advice on equipment and safety for beginner campers.  Camping 201 takes your education to the next level--providing guidance on how to prepare for a backpacking expedition.  After completing Camping 201, students are qualified to join the instructor on a backpacking trip through Jonathan Dickinson State Park!

Snakes Alive

Indoor program; PowerPoint presentation and live snake demonstration. Florida venomous snake species are discussed with emphasis on differences between venomous and nonvenomous snakes, how to handle an encounter with snakes, and the important role of all snakes in Florida ecosystems. Program includes a live demonstration with non-venomous snakes that are native to Florida

Scrub Jay Walk

This guided walk takes participants through the imperiled scrub with the goal of witnessing the Florida scrub-jay.  On this walk, you will learn about the Florida scrub-jay and its habitat and are very likely to encounter these fascinating birds.  The walk is approximately 1 mile and is suitable for all ages.

For more Programs and Activities please see the full list HERE

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The Friends of

Jonathan Dickinson State Park


16450 SE Federal Hwy

Hobe Sound, FL 33455

The Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the State of Florida, Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-435-7352. ID# 65-0568296. 

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