Dylan Shoemaker, Preserve Manager
St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center
3915 State Road 30-A
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Chapman's rhododendron (Rhododendron chapmannii)
- St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve provides an
essential buffer to St. Joseph Bay that helps protect
the bay's water quality, natural productivity and
- St. Joseph Preserve State Buffer Preserve protects
an intact natural coastal landscape with one of the
highest concentrations of rare plants in the Southeast,
including globally-imperiled species such as Chapman's
rhododendron, Telephus spurge (Euphorbia
telephioides) and pinewoods aster (Aster spinulosus).
- Money Bayou is an unusual tidal creek that flows directly into the Gulf of Mexico instead of an
intervening bay or sound.
- St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve contains 21 known archaeological and historical sites,
dating from prehistoric times to the 20th century.
- The dune/swale system formed by sand dunes created
during ancient changes in sea level in St. Joseph Bay
State Buffer Preserve is one of the most stable and
clearly defined of such topographic features found
St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve brochure
Take a Tram Tour of the Uplands in the "the heart of the
Preserves" at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve. On
the second Friday of each month in 2017, staff at the
Preserve will personally host a tour for the public.
Join us at 9am to 11am to enjoy a little history, a
little learning and the importance of the Buffer
Preserve to St. Joseph Bay. Reservations are required.
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Bay Day is Coming!
October's regularly scheduled TRAM Tour will not take
place on the second Friday due to the Fall Bay Day
Celebration which will be held on Saturday, October 14th.
There will be 5 TRAM Tours on October 14th beginning at 8:00
am ET and continuing throughout the day at 9:30am, 11am,
12:30, 2pm. All times are Eastern. A Low Country Boil with
fresh-caught local shrimp, Kielbasa sausage, new potatoes,
corn-on-the-cob, and onions is one of the highlights of the
day. This delicious plate is served with coleslaw, garlic
bread and sweet tea. All this for a $10 donation. Bay Day is
presented by the Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves.
A recently added opportunity is the Live Auction which is
held on the Thursday night before the Saturday event. Great
items will be offered for a donation to the Friends. Charter
Fishing, restaurant certificates, places to stay, and many
services such as haircuts, facials, spa treatments, and many
more opportunities to make your day. Over 200 Sponsors have
contributed items to make the Live Auction on Thursday, the
Silent Auction and Raffle on Saturday one of the best events
in the area.
Want more information? Call Sandra at 850-229-1787, Ext.
1 from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.
St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve