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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

 

Others: 

  • 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

moconnor@escambia.k12.fl.us

 

Adam Bretschneider

Teacher on Special Assignment

abretschneider@escambia.k12.fl.us

 

 

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Roy Hyatt Environmental Center (RHEC)

Mark Your Calendar! RHEC Fall Open House is September 30!

Mark your calendars!  This year the RHEC Annual Fall Open House is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  As always this event is FREE and open to the public!

We will have local vendors with interesting displays and information.  There will also be several children's activities.  While visiting you can stroll through the butterfly garden and gazebo, hop aboard the bird bus to do some bird watching, meet some of our resident reptiles, and walk the RHEC trails enjoying the beauty of our natural world.  As always our fall fundraiser is a Silent Auction with many wonderful items such as dolphin cruises, artwork by local artists, donations by local merchants, and so much more!  We will have hotdogs, chips, baked goods, and water available for a small donation.  I hope to see you at RHEC on September 30!  We are located in Cantonment at 1300 Tobias Road, Cantonment, Florida 32533

Check Out the New Building Design!

Check Out the New Building Design!

Remembering the Past! Making Way for the Future!

Above is the design for the new building.  Below is a photograph of the old building.  We will miss that old building!  It served the Escambia County School District well for thirty-five years helping to educate 150,00 to 200,000  students and adults.  As much as we will miss that old building we are very excited for the January 2018 construction to begin.  This amazing building, designed by Dalrymple Sallis Architectural Firm, will be just what we need to continue to grow and provide quality Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics curriculum in a hands-on environment.

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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.

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Fall is Almost Here!

Fall is almost here! The flowers are still blooming beautifully, birds are singing, and the butterflies are flitting around.  It is a great time to get outside with family and friends and take in the wonderful biodiversity that surrounds us!

 

If you love the outdoors 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 Fall/Winter 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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Pictures From RHEC!

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.