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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.

Please come to the

Roy Hyatt Environmental Center’s


1300 Tobias Road
Cantonment, FL 32533

(850) 937-2117

       Friday, March 10, 2017        

     5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.     

Free Event!!!



   >OWLS presented by the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida

   >STARGAZING with the Escambia Amateur Astronomy Association

   >NIGHT HIKES led by local naturalists

   >REPTILES presented by Roy Hyatt Environmental Center staff and volunteers

   >INSECT observations



HOTDOGS       CHIPS          WATER                BAKED GOODS





Gift cards from Walmart, Sam’s, Pet stores, Lowe’s, Home Depot, or any grocery store, monetary donations, fresh fruit and vegetables, wild birdseed, black oil sunflower seed for the birds, suet, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, bleach


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

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.