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The Gulf Islands National Seashore will hold its annual Candlelight Program at Fort Pickens on July 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, officials announced Thursday.

The annual Candlelight Program allows visitors to experience the fort in a whole new light, learn about life at the fort during its military use. Park rangers, volunteers, and Youth Conservation Corps members will guide visitors through Fort Pickens with stops featuring unique stories. Living historians will be on site to provide further insight into the life of a soldier at Fort Pickens during the early years of the American Civil War.

Visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately and to bring drinking water and a flashlight to the rain-or-shine event.

The candlelight program is planned and presented by members of the Youth Conservation Corps. The YCC provides paid opportunities for young members of the community to spend their summer protecting the nation’s special resources. This year, Gulf Islands National Seashore is hosting six local high school students in Florida for eight weeks, as well as four in Mississippi.

The program is free, but there is an entrance fee for the Fort Pickens Area. For additional information, contact the National Seashore at (850) 934-2600.

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