More than 70 attendees, including producer Carlton Ward Jr. participate in second film screening and environmental discussion panel

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – The Florida State Parks Foundation and Live Wildly on Thursday welcomed more than 70 people, including former state representative and Panama City mayor Scott Clemons and Panama City Beach city council member Michael Jarman, for a screening of the feature film “Path of the Panther” at Camp Helen State Park.

Following the film, Florida State Parks Foundation board member Lynn Cherry hosted a discussion panel with conservation photographer and film producer Carlton Ward Jr., Live Wildly CEO Lisa Shipley, Foundation CEO Julia Gill Woodward and Kent Wimmer, the senior northwest Florida representative of Defenders of Wildlife. 

The panel discussed the Florida Wildlife Corridor, the significance of land conservation in northwest Florida and how Florida’s award-winning state parks play a crucial role in providing habitat and safe passage for the state’s imperiled wildlife.

Thursday’s screening was the second in a series hosted by the Foundation and Live Wildly. The first was held in October at Wekiwa Springs State Park in Altamonte Springs. Both parks are included among the 75 Florida state parks located within the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

“In addition to being a lot of fun, these screenings have provided a great opportunity for people to gather in some of Florida’s most beautiful natural spaces and learn about the crucial conservation efforts in motion to protect wildlife and their habitats,” Woodward said. “Wekiwa Springs and Camp Helen are unique and excellent hosts, and we are looking forward to holding similar events in 2024.”

The evening also included a Q&A session with the audience, with topics primarily focused on individual advocacy and public outreach for environmental and wildlife-related issues.

“Live Wildly was created to engage the public and expand awareness about wildlife corridors and the immeasurable benefits that they provide,” Shipley said. “‘Path of the Panther’ has been an incredible tool in support of this mission, and being able to bring passionate supporters together with one of the film’s driving creative forces at a beautiful state park is very special.”

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