Bear Creek Educational Forest is a 492-acre tract of Lake Talquin State Forest. Programs are FREE for any public or private school group, Scout troop, daycare, or any other youth organization. Each program option may include a lesson, game, and hands-on activity in the forest. An interpretive hike and souvenir craft to make and take home may also be included. The Bear Creek Tract also offers hiking and camping opportunities as well as the audio enhanced Living Forest trail where the trees tell their own stories. A list of the Florida Sunshine State Standards addressed in each program is available upon request. The facility consists of: An air-conditioned classroom with seating for 60 students, three nature trails ranging in length, including a paved “talking tree” trail and arboretum, picnic shelter where students can eat lunch, restrooms/drinking fountains, and full-time staff available to guide FREE programs.