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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



yellow and black garden spider
reptile lesson with dill
welcome and intro
bird bus lesson 4
bird lesson 2
naturel trail lesson
Student lesson
micrscope lab

Roy Hyatt Environmental Center (RHEC)

Roy Hyatt Environemental Center in Partnership with Escambia County Public Schools Foundation Receives IMPACT100 Grant in the Amount of $100,300

The Roy Hyatt Environmental Center, in partnership with the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation, is excited to announce that we have received an IMPACT100 Grant in the Amount of $100,300.  We will be using the funding from this grant to transform an existing greenhouse into a butterfly house where students will be able to stroll through the butterfly house while observing butterflies flitting and flying all around, eggs hiding under the leaves, caterpillars munching on host plants, and even watch chrysalis emerging into adult butterflies!  We will also be redesigning an existing small building into an undersea classroom where students will plunge into education while observing marine creatures in containers right in front of them as well as float through the classroom meeting creatures such as sea urchins, lionfish, hermit crabs, and so much more in aquariums situated all around the classroom.  Finally we will be purchasing an inflatable portable planetarium which will seat up to 60 students.  Students will enter the planetarium blasting off into space studying planets, the moon, stars, the sun, the earth, the Milky Way galaxy, and so much more!  Great things are happening at RHEC!  Thank you IMPACT100 for allowing us to introduce students and adults to these amazing new programs at!

Roy Hyatt Environmental Center Receives Three Grants from the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation Grants for Excellence in Education Program

The Roy Hyatt Environmental Center received three Grants for Excellence grants from the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation.  Two grants are Teacher Opportunity Grants (TOG), each in the amount of $1000 and the third grant is a Grants for Excellence School Grant in the amount of $7000.  Teacher on Special Assignment, Adam Bretschneider will use his $1000 TOG grant to add new technology to existing programs at RHEC.  Molly O'Connor will use her $1000 TOG grant to turn the existing butterfly garden into a National Wildlife Federation "Certified Wildlife Habitat."  With the Grants for Excellence School grant RHEC will build a bird watching blind in an area where there are currently benches for bird watching.  We will also purchase binoculars, tablets, bird identification apps for the tablets, bird baths, cameras, and more.  Thank you Escambia County Public Schools Foundation for believing in what we do at RHEC!

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.

RHEC building
Barn Owl Visiting RHEC

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 Escambia County School District.

Bobcat Visiting A Trail at RHEC!

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.