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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)


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!  The RHEC annual Night of Nature will is coming soon!

Roy Hyatt Environmental Center's Night of Nature will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM! 

This is a FREE fun-filled family event!

Visitors will have the opportunity to observe owls and other birds of prey with the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida.  Visitors will also be able to peer through telescopes and do some stargazing with the Escambia Amateur Astronomy Association.  Those who dare can meet some of RHEC's resident reptiles.  You will also have the opportunity to sign up for one of our eight guided night hikes through the woods where stops will be made so that naturalist can teach everyone about some of our local nocturnal and crepuscular creatures. 

There will be hotdogs, chips, baked goods, and water available for a small donation.  Visitors can also donate for a chance to win one of the many prizes.

Tell you family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers about this fun event!  

Hope to see you all here on Friday, March 9, 2018!

Roy Hyatt Environmental Center

1300 Tobias Road

Cantontment, Florida 322533


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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Barn Owl Visiting RHEC

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Whooo Goes There?

Did you know that there are over 200 species of owls in the world? Did you also know that owls are found on every continent except Antarctica? WOW! They must have some incredible adaptations!

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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.

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.