Calendar

Mar
24
Fri
Guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join a Park Ranger for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter.

Osprey and bald eagles are known to nest within the area. Osprey in particular are often sighted by campers, kayakers and locals.

Space is limited to 12 people for the trip. There are 5 double kayaks and 2 single kayaks available to rent or you may bring your own vessel. A signup sheet will be available in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and will be on a first come first serve basis.

Park admission fees do apply and is $5.00 per vehicle. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville, FL. For more information, call (850) 833-9144.

Hobby gardening course in DeFuniak Springs
Mar 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

It’s time to start thinking about gardening, but not everyone wants or needs acres of vegetables. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Service is presenting an educational program for those interested in learning about small hobby gardening.

The class will be held at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs on March 24 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Cost is $5. Topics covered will include container gardening, aquaponics, insects and diseases, and weed control. Attendees will get a look at the Extension demonstration garden, greenhouse, and aquaponics setup.

The UF/ IFAS Walton County Extension office is located at 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL.

For more information, please contact the Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172 or [email protected].

Mar
25
Sat
Seaside Farmers Market
Mar 25 @ 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.
Location
: Seaside

Rocky Bayou State Park hosting fishing classes each Saturday
Mar 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Bass Pro Shops every Saturday during March of 2017 for a unique opportunity to take a fishing class at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. Participants please meet at the boat ramp at 8:00 am where we they demonstrate the proper techniques for using a cast net to catch bait. Afterwards, they will walk over to a nearby pavilion where there is a small strip of beach from which to fish. The park will provide all bait and tackle and all the participant needs is a Florida saltwater fishing license.

Space is limited to 10 people and there will be a sign up sheet in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. The spaces for the class are on a first come first serve basis. Please remember to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and any drinks or snacks you will require. Dress appropriately you will get wet.

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

Camp Helen State Park 20th anniversary celebration
Mar 25 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

The month of March marks the 20th anniversary of Camp Helen as a State Park. From 1945 to 1987 Camp Helen was the summer resort for employees of Avondale Mills, an Alabama-based textile company. In response to a Panama City News Herald letter to the editor from Mrs. Helen Schroeder, popular support, and hard work by the local community, the Camp Helen property was acquired by the State in 1996.

Join the Friends of Camp Helen and Park Manager Wesley Myers on Saturday, March 25th for a morning of activities. Events will be centered in the Lodge, a national historic site log cabin style home built by the Hicks family in the 30’s. Come when you can and stay as long as you can. The celebration will begin at 8:30 am where Park visitors will have the option of exploring birds and native plants on the park’s Nature Trails with the Bay County Audubon Society.   Alternately, you may take a walking history tour led by the Friends of Camp Helen. If you want to do both, the history tour will be repeated at noon. At 9:30 am Emily Ellis from the Lake Powell Community Alliance will treat visitors to a stunning photo journey of Camp Helen. Beginning at 10:00 am there will be a special showing of “Coastal Dune Lakes, Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast.” Award-winning producer of the film Elam Stoltzfus will be present to discuss the film. The celebration festivities begin at 11:30 am followed the second walking history tour. All visitors are welcome to stay at the Park the rest of the day and explore.

The celebration is free, however, the park’s $4.00 per vehicle entrance fee will apply.

Event schedule:

8:30 – 9:30 am

Option 1: Explore birds on the park’s Nature Trails with the Bay County Audubon Society. Wear comfortable shoes, binoculars provided.

Option 2: Walking history tour

9:30 – 10 a.m.

Lake Powell – A Photo Journey by Emily Ellis Lake Powell Community Alliance in the Lodge.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast – A Public Television documentary. Awarding winning producer Elam Stoltzfus will be present to discuss the film.

11:30 am – 12 Noon

Camp Helen State Park 20-year anniversary celebration.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Walking history tour.

Driving Directions:
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

More Information: [email protected] or (850) 233-5059

Mar
31
Fri
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 http://www.marvelofflight.com/ or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MarvelofFlight.

Apr
1
Sat
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.
Location
: Seaside

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.
The KAYAK EXPERIENCE
600 Hwy 98 E
Destin, FL 32541
850-837-1577

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

Apr
5
Wed
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.

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