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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)

RHEC Educational videos

Roy Hyatt Environmental Center
Roy Hyatt Environmental 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!

RHEC building

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.