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How to Help

At RHEC we love donations! Thank you in advance for any donations you would like to provide!

Monetary donations


Gift cards to:

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Lowes
  • Home Depot
  • Sam’s
  • Any pet stores
  • Grocery stores 


Food for animals: 

  • Wild birdseed
  • Black oil sunflower seed
  • Suet cakes
  • Turtle food
  • Greens (Kale, Collard, Mustard, Turnip)
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries



  • Reptile bedding
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bleach
  • Lysol/Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Copy paper
  • Light Bulbs (60 watt and reptile bulbs)

Contact Us


1300 Tobias Road
Cantonment, FL 32533

Tel & Fax: (850) 937-2117



Molly O'Connor

Teacher on Special Assignment



Adam Bretschneider

Teacher on Special Assignment




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Roy Hyatt Environmental Center (RHEC)

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Our Mission

The mission of the Roy Hyatt Environmental Center is to assist students in mastering science concepts and processes through the integration of science disciplines in studying the environment.  Our goal, from the Florida Environmental Education Act, is that the students "come to know the natural world as a complex system that must be cared for."  As we carry out our mission and work toward this goal, we also further the strategic aims of the School District of Escambia County, Florida, which are the following (1) highest student achievement (2) a safe learning and working environment (3) a high performing work force, and (4) an efficient and effective system.  Find out more about the School District of Escambia County at www.escambia.k12.fl.us.

Thanks for Making Night of Nature A Success!

The Roy Hyatt Environmental Center Annual Night of Nature was held Friday, March 10, 2017 and was a huge success!  We had approximately 800 visitors and volunteers come out for this fun-filled family night!  

There were owls and hawks from the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida to observe!  Many people met some of the resident reptiles from RHEC and even held one of the snakes!  Other visitors joined the Escambia Amateur Astronomy Association to look through telescopes in order to view the beautiful night sky including the full moon!  Many of our visitors went for a hike down the dark trails led by one of our trained guides.  There were stops along the trail where guest "Naturalists" educated visitors about night creatures such as nocturnal spiders and insects, the ever curious raccoon, the sly fox, as well as the invasive Cuban tree frog.  Visitors also had a picnic dinner of hotdogs, chips, water, and baked goods.

Thank you to all who came out and visited or volunteered at this awesome event!  It takes visitors and volunteers alike to make this such an amazing night!

Our next event is our Annual Open house which is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm!  Hope to see many of you here!

Honoring the Past! Celebrating the Present! Building the Future!

Honoring the Past!  Celebrating the Present!  Building the Future!

On December 19 and 20, 2016 the main Roy Hyatt Environmental Center building was demolished.  At the RHEC we are having mixed emotions; sad to see the past memories and history of the old building go, presently working to educate 6000-7000 students outdoors and with the use of our amazing Outdoor Education Classroom (funded by an IMPACT100 grant in 2011), and excited for the future prospect of the new updated building which will better meet our needs.  Estimated timeline for commencement of construction of the new building is Fall of 2017 with a completion date estimated to be late spring of 2018.  We plan to have a grand opening of the new building in conjunction with a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Roy Hyatt Environmental Center in the Fall of 2018!  

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than one seeks." - John Muir


Spring Is In The Air at RHEC

Spring is here!  The flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and even a cold snap cannot deter the butterflies.  We have had many butterflies visiting already this year!  Common Sulphur butterflies, Black Swallowtail male and female butterflies, Hairstreak butterflies, Tiger Swallowtail butterflies, and even a Red Admiral butterfly among others.  We have seen bluebirds, cedar waxwings, robins, male and female cardinals, yellow rumped warblers, mourning doves, mockingbirds,blue jays, red shouldered hawks, barred owls, great horned owls, and even snowy egrets and blue herons at the pond!  

If you love the spring like we do then here are some ideas to get you and your family outside:

  • Go on a hike in the woods or even a walk through a park
  • Go camping
  • Go to the beach
  • Go kayaking or canoeing
  • Plant a garden
  • Fly a kite
  • Set up an outdoor scavenger hunt
  • Hunt for insects
  • Take a bike ride
  • Feed, listen to, and identify birds in your yard
  • Go on a picnic
  • Play in the dirt
  • Blow bubbles
  • Go play at a playground
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk
  • Observe bees working 
  • Stop and smell the flowers
  • Sing and play in a rainshower
  • Enjoy the sun
  • Lay in a hammock
  • Play with your dog

Bobcat Visiting A Trail at RHEC!

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About RHEC

In 1968, the first Environmental Center to later be named in honor of Roy Hyatt opened to students in Escambia County, Florida.  In 1980, land at the present site on Tobias Road was acquired from the federal government.  The main building houses a microscope lab, reptile room, large classroom, and office space.  Other buildings used in current instructional programs include the old library which has been transformed into a classroom, the bird bus used for bird watching activities, the butterfly gazebo, and the newly completed outdoor education classroom.  The instructional program for the 2014-2015 school year includes field trips and curriculum appropriate for 2nd and 5th grade student field trips.

Currently the RHEC is opened from August through June according to the academic calendar of the School District of Escambia County, Florida.  During those months it is opened Monday through Friday for educational field trips by appointment only.  RHEC is not open to the public.