Guided nature hike in Point Washington State Forest
Mar 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The first “Meet the Forester” educational series will include a Tree Identification Nature Hike on Friday, March 31 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Point Washington State Forest. On the Nature Hike, State-lands Forester, Michael Klassen will take participants on a 1.5-mile hike through the forest providing a close encounter of different plant and animal species, a guide to tree identification, fire ecology and other opportunities for forest recreation.

“Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and this event will be no different. While being immersed in the forest and unplugged from the world, hikers will engage in hands-on activities while learning about the collaborative effort taken to keep Florida’s forests healthy, renewable and sustainable for future generations,” said Michael Klassen, State-lands Forester, Point Washington State Forest.

Hikers will meet at the Eastern Lake Trailhead located on County Road 395, south of US Highway 98 on Friday, March 31st at 9:00 a.m. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes, and to bring water. If raining, bring a poncho or weather permitted clothing; the event will be canceled due to lightning only. Questions can be directed to or by calling the Point Washington State Forest phone at (850) 267-8325.

Marvel of Flight in DeFuniak Springs March 31 – April 1
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 1 @ 5:00 pm

The 7th annual Marvel of Flight at the DeFuniak Springs Airport to be held March 31 & April 1, 2017, will be the largest fly-in and aviation expo in Northwest Florida, and the City of DeFuniak Springs is promising to deliver the best line up of special guest speakers, exhibits, and aircraft static displays to-date.

The event is open to the public and en lieu of admission fees, the City of DeFuniak Springs is requesting everyone bring a food pantry donation to benefit the Matrix Community Outreach Center local food bank program.

Headlining the event as honorary guest and hosting a series of advanced flight training forums is three-time National Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame member Patty Wagstaff.  Other special guests include the Tiger Flight Foundation formation flight demonstration team, Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Wiregrass Chapter, and Hixson Flight Museum.

The fun filled day of activities will include a “Rescue at Dawn” historical re-enactment presented by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Wiregrass Chapter involving three Vietnam War Era historical aircraft.

The event will be held at the DeFuniak Springs Airport, 171 Country Club Lane, DeFuniak Springs. ::MAP::

For more information, visit the event website or the Facebook page

Seaside Farmers Market
Apr 1 @ 3:00 am – 7:00 am

Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community.
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Kayak demo day
Apr 1 @ 5:00 am – 10:15 am

Kayak demo day at Kayak Experience first Sat. of month every month.
From 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thinking about purchasing a kayak but not sure which one is the best fit? The Kayak Experience offers demos the first Saturday of each month.
600 Hwy 98 E
Destin, FL 32541

Washington County Heritage Festival
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – Apr 2 @ 4:00 pm

Come experience and enjoy an eclectic mix of unique old world demonstrators, wild animals, antique camper and cars, Indian encampment, Civil War reenactors and much more all to the back drop of one of the Panhandle’s hidden gems. There will be many artists including a blacksmith, chainsaw wood carver, flint knappers and soap makers with a variety of homemade crafts, artwork and jewelry for sale. There will be plenty of great food and drinks and good old fashion fun for the whole family.  While at the park enjoy the natural wonders that make Falling Waters so unique.

Saturday  April 1, 2017  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday  April 2, 2017  12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

This event will be presented at all use areas within the park, including the picnic area, campgrounds, lakes and primitive area. Wearing sunscreen, comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for weather conditions is recommended.There will be a tram available for transportation during the event between the picnic area and the campground.

The standard $5 park entrance fees will apply for up to eight people in a vehicle.

More information: Falling Waters State Park (850) 638-6130

Falling Waters State Park
1130 State Park Road
Chipley, FL 32428

Plastic pollution program in DeFuniak Springs
Apr 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dr. Laura Tiu, Marine Science Agent for Walton and Okaloosa Counties will discuss Micro Plastics, a new term which is being tossed about, but what’s with all the fuss? The rise of plastic use can be traced from the production of celluloid combs of the early 1900s to the explosion of plastic production after World War II, to the introduction of bottled water in the late 1980s.  After nearly a century of plastic production, we have discovered negative environmental impacts that we never anticipated.  Now the questions are: how bad is it and what can we do to combat our plastic addiction?  Discover the dangers of micro plastics and how gardeners can adopt sustainable practices to reduce these pollutants in the environment.

The program will be held at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 2 – 4 p.m.  The location is 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. The cost will be $5, payable at the door (cash only, please).  Light refreshments will be served.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Please contact Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] by the Monday before to reserve your place.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and help with soil samples. There is an $8 fee, including shipping, to submit soil samples to the University of Florida for analysis. Master Gardeners are at the location Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.

Downtown Arts Night in DeFuniak Springs
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday evening, April 7, 2017, Historic Baldwin Avenue will be the site of the Downtown Arts Night.

Regional artists, wood workers, jewelers, authors, quilters, basket weavers and many other hand selected crafters from DeFuniak Springs and surrounding area will line the streets to show off their talents and wares.

The event will be held in the historic district of downtown DeFuniak Springs from 5 – 9 p.m. along Baldwin Avenue, from 6th to 8th streets. Shop, eat, and enjoy a night of art, music and fun for the entire family. Downtown businesses will keep their lights on for you to peruse their stores and light up the evening events.

From one end of Baldwin to the other, music will be in the air as musicians as musicians are back by popular demand. The talented Bruce Naylor will play smooth vibes on his jazz and blues guitar in front of Naylor Realty and Cassidy Freiburger and Bella Pryor, two high school girls with talent beyond their ages will sing pop and modern tunes. You will also enjoy featured guest musician Shane D’Fury. Shane is a well-known performer and singer from South Walton who knows how to get you on your feet with contemporary and popular tunes.

Bogey’s Restaurant and That Pizza Place will be open during Arts Night to serve you as well.

For more information call Cindy, 850.419.3007, or email [email protected].

Seaside Farmers Market
Apr 8 @ 3:00 am – 7:00 am

Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community.
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Community Easter egg drop in Santa Rosa Beach
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Seagrove Baptist Church will be hosting an Easter Egg Drop from a helicopter on Saturday, April 8. Register to win a family season passes to Big Kahuna’s Water Park. The egg drop will include 5,000 eggs filled with candy and toys.

The event is free and will be held at Helen McCall Park, 325 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach.

For more information go to

Family Estuary Festival in Niceville
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 10th Annual Family Estuary Festival, a free family and community event for all ages, will be held Saturday, April 8th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, located at 4281 Highway 20 East in Niceville.

There is no park entrance fee for the festival which offers fun activities, hand-on displays and environmental awareness. The event is hosted by the Mattie M. Kelly Cultural & Environmental Institute at Northwest Florida State College, with support from the Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks.

The Family Estuary Festival features activities for the whole family including fish printing on t-shirts, explore the deep ocean and learn about critters that glow-in-the-dark, learn how to kayak in the bayou, view wildlife displays, learn about our local environment and more.

The event will also include displays by the Okaloosa County Health Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Audubon Society, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and others.

All activities and entertainment are free of charge.

Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and come learn about the local waters of our estuary and the people living and working there. For more information on the festival, contact the Mattie M. Kelly Cultural & Environmental Institute at 850-729-6469.

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville, FL. For more information, call (850) 833-9144.

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