Friends of Patton Park

Carrabelle CARES partners with the City of Carrabelle to maintain and improve the John David Patton Wildlife Park located on Highway 67 just north of town. Volunteers weed the butterfly garden and work with the City to conduct prescribed burns to maintain the pine uplands and habitat for the Gopher Tortoises.

Many thanks to the hard working Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast crew for the rehabilitation work they did on March 27 and 28, 2017.  What a great team!!  Their work was funded by a generous contribution by the Carrabelle Sea Oats Garden Club. Also, a big "thank you" to the City of Carrabelle for repairs to the restroom and replacing the rail fence.  The park is ready for visitors to CR 67 a designated Florida Wildflower Corridor route.  (scroll down to see more photos).  


 2016 Gopher Tortoise Survey Map         


Patton Park Wildflowers, June 2016

In recognition of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Sea Oats Garden Club invites you to hear Certified Green Guide and Florida Master Naturalist, Chester Butler speak on the topic of Invasive Plants in Florida Yards on Wednesday, March 2 at 1:00 at the Carrabelle Library.

Invasive Plants in your Florida yard

Thank you, Florida Forest Service for the prescribed burn at Patton Park on January 28, 2015. The goals of fuel load reduction plus Gopher Tortoise habitat restoration have been met.  The park will green up quickly.   

Volunteers from Apalachee Audubon Chapter, Boy Scouts of America Troop 220, City of Carrabelle, Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District, and SeaOats Garden Club joined together to rehab native plant gardens, blaze trails, and conduct a gopher tortoise survey.  The group of 14 accomplished much with a total of 35.1 volunteer hours.  Thanks to all of these hard workers.  Plus it was a gorgeous day to be in the woods.  Lots of wildflowers blooming and a Swallow-tailed Kite soared above the treetops.