Upcoming Events

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Farmer’s markets every Saturday and Sunday

tomatoesSeaside Amphitheater – Saturday, Market Shops Sandestin Sunday
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 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. ::MAP::

WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market
The WaterColor Community Association is hosting the WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market at Cerulean Park on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The market is open to the public. The market has an array of items to choose from with more than 30 participating vendors. Items such as local farm-fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products will be available. There will also be a large variety of organic and homemade items and artwork.

Rosemary Beach Barrett Square – Sunday 
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Thursdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.

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Upcoming canoe/kayak/stand up paddleboard paddles in Northwest Florida

The West Florida Canoe and Kayak Club and the Florida Panhandle Canoe & Kayak Connection offer a variety of paddles in the Northwest Florida Panhandle.

Guests are welcome on trips as long as they have the skills to safely navigate the waters being paddled.  Guests must sign a waiver form and have an Eglin Recreational Pass if the trip is on the Air Force Base.  Paddlers must supply their own boat.

Area stand up paddle board clubs:
Paddle Destin
Panama City Paddleboard Club

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Take a hike or a paddle with the Florida Trail Association

The Walton area has two Florida Trail Groups, Choctawhatchee and Panhandle Chapters. Click the links below for upcoming events:

Click here for Choctawhatchee Chapter

Click here for Panhandle Chapter

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Americana under the Stars every Thursday at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

luckymudTime: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Starting with an open mic at 6:30 p.m. in the amphitheater/clubhouse Topsail presents an evening of music. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages.

February 5 – The New 76ers
February 12 – Lucky Mud,
February 19 – Granville Automatic,
February 26 – Roy Schneider

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

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Learn about WWII history and more in a guided tour of Coffeen Nature Preserve

JB2 on launch track. Photo courtesy Coffeen Nature Preserve.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Dates: Feb. 11, Feb. 28, Mar. 11, March 28 (must register by 3/20), April 8, April 25, May 6, May 16

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history of World War II missile testing.   Join Susan Paladini, resident manager, and explore the site where America’s strategic missile program began. You will view the original military photographs inside the “mess hall” and learn about the generous gift of the founder, the late Dorothy Coffeen.

This will be followed by a hike of approximately 1½ miles around the property, which will include walking along two original missile launch ramps, stepping down into concrete launch bunkers and viewing other military buildings. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Preserve and Fuller Lake.

Participants are encouraged to wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant and to bring bottled water. Closed-toed or other suitable walking shoes are a must.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 2 required. Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve, Santa Rosa Beach. Fee: $20

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Residential turf, fertilizer and herbicide workshop Feb. 4

masterlogoThe Walton County Master Gardeners continue the “How Does Your Garden Grow?” lecture series on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.  The subject this month will be saving time, money, and Mother Earth.  This program will be given by Len Ross, certified master gardener and licensed commercial fertilizer applicator, and Eddie Powell, UF/IFAS Walton County Extension horticulture agent.

They will cover using residential turf and ornamental fertilizers and herbicides.  Learn how to safely use these products to stimulate turf growth and to control broadleaf and grass type weeds without overdoing it. Do you know the best way to control pre and post emergent weeds in your flower beds?  Find out from experts – don’t guess.
These lectures are designed for local home gardeners. Light refreshments will be served and Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions. Soil testing supplies and instruction will be available for $8.

This program will be held at the Padgett Park Community Room again this month.  The location is 810 JD Miller Road; north off US-98 just west of the intersection with US-331 in Santa Rosa Beach. The lecture is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited and reservations are required.  Call Cheryl at 850-892-8172 to reserve your place by Monday, February 2, 2015.

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Astronomy for kids at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center Feb. 7

starsDate/time: Saturday, Feb. 7 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Go out of this world with the E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center and connect with the wonders of astronomy. Explore the galaxy without blasting into space in an inflatable planetarium. Learn all about constellations and the mythology behind them, make moon craters, play in moon sand, create a take home sun dial, gain observation tips from the experts of the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association. Three planetarium shows every hour (check in for times at front desk).  Activities and crafts available until supplies last.

General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Children two and under Free. Please visit eowilsoncenter.org to learn more about this non-profit educational center or call 835-1824.
E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center
4956 State Hwy 20 East
Freeport, Florida 32439​

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Camp Helen history tour Feb. 7

camphelenhistorytourTime: 10 – 10:45 a.m.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Camp Helen State Park invites you to their history walk at Camp Helen State Park. Come learn about the early history of the park and local area while wandering on a guided tour around Camp Helen’s restored historical buildings. The history walk takes place the first Saturday of each month.

Participation Requirements:
• Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instruction independently or with the assistance of a companion.
• Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 1- 2 hours.
• Must have the ability to traverse wet, sloped, and uneven terrain for .5 -1 miles, independently or with the assistance of a companion.

Fees: The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Contact: (850) 233-5059 ::MAP::

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Learn about the eastern gray squirrel at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 7

squirrelDate/time: Saturday February 7, 1 – 2 p.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park would like to invite you to learn about our most widely seen rodent, the Eastern Gray Squirrel. Come learn what an important part of the ecosystem these squirrels play. Enter the park through the main gate and the staff will direct you to the park’s clubhouse, entry fee is $6.00.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330. ::MAP::

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American roots music concert at Camp Helen State Park lodge Feb. 7

camphelenlodgeThe Friends of Camp Helen State Park are hosting a Saturday concert series. The concerts will be held in the lodge from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

On Sat., Feb. 7, Camp Helen presents the New 76ers, a Tallahassee trio of young singers/songwriters/musicians. The 76ers have appeared on many stages throughout the south. With a sound like Neil Young, Allison Krause and Tom Petty, this family of performers has a “collective respect for acoustic and electric music,” one that depends on their Southern musical heritage.  Their mission is “to give love through their music.” Learn more about the 76ers at acoustichappiness.com

Come join in for a unique series of concerts featuring the best American Roots musicians touring the country today. This impressive series of indoor concerts at Camp Helen’s historic log cabin style lodge is sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. The series is hosted by Lucky Mud.

Free admission into the park, with donation requested. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs. Refreshments available. Call 850-233-5059 for more information.

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Volunteers needed for oyster shell bagging Feb. 9

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is looking for volunteers to help bag oyster shells on Feb. 9, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 12 Noon.

You will be bagging at the South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach.

RSVP to Rachel Gwin at (850) 200-4173 or gwinr@nwfsc.edu.

What to bring/wear: Wear clothes and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring sunscreen, snacks, a water bottle and a hat. Water and gloves will be provided.

What you will do: You will be bagging recycled oyster shell for use in future oyster reefs.

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Take a guided paddle tour of Western Lake with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Feb. 10

greategretwesternlakeDates/time: Feb. 10, Feb. 26, March 10, March 31, April 14, April 28, May 7, May 19
- 9 – 11:30 a.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Explore a coastal dune lake of South Walton County! This kayak tour will take you around Western Lake; one of the larger lakes of the coastal dune lake systems. Experience the diversity of wildlife and habitats that define these unique lake systems. This tour is led by the local and avid eco-tour guide Dave Posey. Moderate to high exertion level, depending on wind conditions.  Participants are asked to bring plenty of water, forecast compatible clothing and personal comfort items (i.e. sunscreen, bug spray, etc.). Kayak rental included in the cost of the tour.

Space is limited to 8 participants. Minimum of 3. Location: Meet at the Boathouse at Watercolor, 34 Golden Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 Fee: $60 per person Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Seagrove Garden Club meets Feb. 11

seagrovegardenclubSeagrove Garden Club will welcome Author Marie Harrison, presenting her program, Pollinators in Peril in our Coastal Gardens, on Feb. 11, 2015. Come join in and learn about this important topic.

The meeting will be at 10 a.m and held at The Bay, 24200 US HWY 331 S, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month Sept. through May. The cost to members is approximately $20.00, depending on the venue. Guests will be an additional $5.00. Reservations are required for all meetings. If you would like to attend a meeting or would like more information on membership, please contact Membership Co-Chair: Julie Bogenreif at mbogenreif@hotmail.com or Patsy Gaines-Powell patsygaines@gmail.com. For Reservations: Dianne Smith 850-866-6691 diannie168@yahoo.com. For more information, go to their website at www.seagrovegardenclub.com.

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Evening tour, reception, and fundraising event at Alaqua Animal Refuge Feb. 11

alaquahorsesAlaqua Animal Refuge invites you to be our guest on February 11 for an incredible evening celebrating you, animals, and how you can make a difference in their lives.

The afternoon begins at 4 p.m. with a special tour of the refuge, filled with lots of animal interactions.

At 5 p.m., join us in the horse barn for an appreciation reception. Visit with like-minded people, meet local animal heroes, law enforcement supporters, and our honorary guest Vicky Gaetz – a powerful animal advocate, wife of Senator Don Gaetz and mother of Representative Matt Gaetz.

Our VIP presenters, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Florida State Director, Kate MacFall, and Grey2K USA Executive Director, Carey Theil, begin their special presentation at 6 p.m.

The evening is free of charge, but you must register so Alaqua knows how many guests to expect. Each guest will receive a bag loaded with goodies, including their 2015 Hunks and Hounds calendar.

To register, click here

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Have breakfast with a ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 14

rangerDate/time: Saturday February 14, 9 – 10 a.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you and your family to Breakfast with a Ranger. Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill to learn about the park, its history and to ask them all the questions you can think of about the park its wildlife and anything in between. This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy. To cover the cost of food, please bring $5.00, which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the clubhouse.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330. ::MAP::

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Learn about dragonflies at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 14

dragonflylgDate/time: Saturday February 14, 1- 2 p.m.

They are one of the neatest insects in the world. They are fun to watch and help to reduce the amount of mosquitoes. This program not only teaches you about the Dragon Fly, but also uses caught specimens and the creation of your own Dragon Fly to help visitors appreciate these flying wonders. This program is for all ages. Enter the park through the main gate and the staff will direct you to the park’s clubhouse, entry fee is $6.00.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330. ::MAP::

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Take a Guided paddle tour Western Lake and enjoy lunch at the Red Bar with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Feb. 18

westernlakeDates/time: Feb. 18, March 19, April 23, May 12 – 9 a.m. – 1 pm.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Explore Western Lake and take a lunch break at the Red Bar Restaurant in Grayton Beach. This kayak trip will take you on an eco-adventure of South Walton County’s rare coastal dune lakes. Experience the diversity of wildlife and habitats as you paddle from the freshwater entry point to the lake outfall on the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. This tour is led by the local and avid eco-tour guide Dave Posey.

Moderate to high exertion level, depending on wind conditions.  Participants are asked to bring plenty of water, forecast compatible clothing and personal comfort items (i.e. sunscreen, bug spray, etc.). Kayak rental included in the cost of the tour.

Space is limited to 8 participants. Minimum of 3. Location: Meet at the Boathouse at Watercolor, 34 Golden Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Fee: $70 per person

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Learn about exotic plant species at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 20

chinesetallowDate/time: Friday February 20, 1 – 2 p.m.

Come learn about our non-native visitors. You may have some right in your own back yard, this program will teach you how to identify and get rid of plants that do not belong. Lots of time and money are spent on eradication of these plants, find out how you can help. Enter the park through the main gate and the staff will direct you to the park’s clubhouse, entry fee is $6.00.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330. ::MAP::

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Learn how to surf fish at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 21

surffishingDate/time: Saturday, February 21, 1 – 2 p.m.

Surf fishing is a popular sport along the beaches of Topsail Hill. This program will teach you what types of bait will work, what times of year certain fish can be caught, and common fish you can catch from the beach. This interpretive program will take place indoors at the clubhouse and will feature information and demonstrations of various surf fishing techniques. Enter the park through the main gate and the staff will direct you to the park’s clubhouse, entry fee is $6.00.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330. ::MAP::

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Furry Fest comes to Gulf Place Feb. 21

furryfestDate/time: Feb. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ALAQUA Animal Refuge and HEART Animal Rescue have joined forces for a free community event to raise much needed funds to help with animals in the shelter and community awareness. Come out to hear live music by the Screaming Screamin Fleas and lots of shopping for both you and your furry friend. The event will be held at Gulf Place on the corner of Scenic Highway 30A and CR 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.

Alaqua Animal Refuge is a no kill shelter that is a 501c3 non profit organization. Horses, rabbits, dogs and cats are all able to live at the shelter. Over 250 hundred animals are housed at a given time, and over 11,000. For more information, go to www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org.

H.E.A.R.T Animal Rescue Inc is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to caring for homeless pets in our communities through helping with adoptions from shelters, community awareness, our food pantry and when able fostering and caring for companion animals until loving homes can be found. For more information, go to www.heartanimalrescue.com.

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Pleasant Ridge Arena hosts Neigh and Bray fun show Feb. 21

Pleasant Ridge Arena in DeFuniak Springs is hosting a Neigh and Bray Fun Show. Sponsored by owners Diana and Rex Brannon, young children will enjoy stick races, and lead line while the more seasoned riders will compete in pole bending, barrel racing Western and English pleasure and more. There is a class for everyone and every breed. The Neigh and Bray show is held the third Saturday of every month. To find out more, go to their website at pleasantridgearena.com. Phone: (850) 892-5398. Show starts at 4 p.m. and is free for spectators.

Location: Pleasant Ridge Arena is located at 1917 Pleasant Ridge Road in DeFuniak Springs.

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American roots music concert at Camp Helen State Park lodge Feb. 21

camphelenlodgeThe Friends of Camp Helen State Park are hosting a Saturday concert series. The concerts will be held in the lodge from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

On Sat., Feb. 21, Granville Automatic, a songwriting/performing duo of Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins, will be featured at Camp Helen.  From Nashville, they make music from their “shared love of history, horses, and war,” bringing listeners Civil War battlefields and a tangle of haunting vocals and beautiful lyrics.  Sounding like Lyle Lovett, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, they’ve written together more than 90 songs–almost all of which tell stories from history. Learn more about Grandville Automatic at granvilleautomatic.com.

Come join in for a unique series of concerts featuring the best American Roots musicians touring the country today. This impressive series of indoor concerts at Camp Helen’s historic log cabin style lodge is sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. The series is hosted by Lucky Mud.

Free admission into the park, with donation requested. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs. Refreshments available. Call 850-233-5059 for more information.

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Enjoy a guided hike to No Name Lake at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 28

nonamelaketopsail2Date/time: Saturday February 28, 1 – 2 p.m.

Come shake off the winter cobwebs and get outside for this nature hike. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Rangers will lead you through the various ecosystems that make this park unique. This hike will lead you to one of the lakes in the park, No Name Lake. Be sure to bring your binoculars, sunscreen, and water. Entry fee into the park is $6.00 per car, the hike will leave from Tram Stop 1 in the day use parking area.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330. ::MAP::

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Getting to Know the Natives – Garden and Trail Tour offered by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance in March, April, and May

 Dates offered: March 3, March 18, April 8, April 22, May 5, May 20

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County. Get acquainted with the local flora and fauna as you enjoy a guided tour of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail at Northwest Florida State College (South Walton Center). Plants featured in the Garden, Trail and Wildflower Meadow are critical to habitat preservation, providing food and shelter for hundreds of species of pollinators, amphibians, reptiles, birds and small mammals.  The area is mostly handicap accessible. It is established as a teaching/demonstration/leisure site for students and the general public.  Session will include an overview/introduction followed by a two-hour docent led walk, approximately 1 mile. Appropriate for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Time: 3 – 5 p.m. Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 4 required.

Location: South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. Fee: $15

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Take a guided tour of the wet prairies of Grayton Beach State Park March 3

firstdayhikesgrayton2Dates/time: March 3, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Join the Park Ranger for an informative tour of some of the park’s Wet Prairie Restoration areas. Learn the importance of these areas, which endangered plants call them home, and how swamp titi trees impact the hydrology and flora of these areas. The ranger will discuss the importance of the prescribed fire program at Grayton Beach State Park, explaining how fire is a necessity for habitat restoration, wildlife management, and decreasing loading fuels to help with the prevention of wildfires.

Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Difficulty is moderate. Participants will hike approximately 2 – 2.5 miles out to one of the restoration sites and then hike back. The topography is not level. It is also sandy/muddy in areas. Participants should bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat. Participants must wear appropriate hiking/walking attire. NO OPEN-TOED SHOES, SANDALS, OR FLIP-FLOPS ALLOWED. Pets are not allowed on this walk. Pets cannot be left unattended at any time or in a vehicle. Event is subject to cancellation due to bad weather, unforeseen situations, or prescribed burning in the area.

Space is limited to 12 participants. Minimum of 5 required. Location: Grayton Beach State Park, 357 Main Park Rd, Santa Rosa Beach Participants will meet at the ranger station.

Fee: $15 + $5 entry fee (paid at time of entrance)

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Haz-mat collection day in north and south Walton Mar. 7

walton-county-logoHaz-mat collection day in both north and south Walton on Saturday, Mar. 7, from 8 a.m. – 12 Noon.

Pesticides – used oil – stale gasoline – solvents – fertilizers – paint – paint thinners – paint  strippers – batteries – furniture polish – brake fluid – engine degreasers – anti-freeze – pool chemicals – insecticides – spot removers

Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, during the same hours and locations.  Walton county residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence.

Locations:
Walton County Fairgrounds, Highway 83 North (9th Avenue), Defuniak Springs,
South Walton Mosquito Control Office, County Road 393, Santa Rosa Beach

No gas cylinders or explosives, please. Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, we will be accepting old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc. Conditionally exempt small quantity generators (small businesses, schools, growers, etc.) will be accepted at a reduced rate.

For more information or to schedule a drop off time, contact the Landfill Department at 850-892-8180.

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American roots music concert at Camp Helen State Park lodge Mar. 7

camphelenlodgeThe Friends of Camp Helen State Park are hosting a Saturday concert series. The concerts will be held in the lodge from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

On Sat., Mar. 7, Camp Helen Americana concerts features Scott and Michelle Dalziel, who are originally from Iowa and now call Florida home.  A singer/songwriting duo, they deliver “solid melodies, meaningful lyrics, heartfelt and amusing stories, tight harmonies and a solid instrumental foundation,” having performed at more than 200 acoustic venues nationwide.  They offer “an approachable performance of touching hearts and lifting moods.” Learn more at reverbnation.com/scottandmichelledalziel

Come join in for a unique series of concerts featuring the best American Roots musicians touring the country today. This impressive series of indoor concerts at Camp Helen’s historic log cabin style lodge is sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. The series is hosted by Lucky Mud.

Free admission into the park, with donation requested. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs. Refreshments available. Call 850-233-5059 for more information.

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Learn the basics of surf fishing at Grayton Beach State Park April 22

surffishingDate/time: April 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

A Grayton Beach park ranger will demonstrate and instruct the basic skills needed for enjoying surf fishing. Learn how to catch bait, the proper technique when baiting your hook, and the different kinds of equipment and techniques used in surf fishing. Participants will also learn the dos and don’ts of surf fishing in the State of Florida.

Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Difficulty is low to moderate. Participants should bring their own rod/reel and tackle, sunscreen, hat, water, insect repellant, appropriate surf fishing/beach attire. Pets are not allowed at this event or on the beaches of Grayton Beach State Park. Pets cannot be left unattended at any time or in a vehicle. Event subject to cancellation due to bad weather, unforeseen situations, or hazardous surf conditions.

Space is limited to 12 participants. Minimum of 5 required.

Location: Grayton Beach State Park, 357 Main Park Rd, Santa Rosa Beach

Participants will walk from the beach parking area, over the boardwalk, and across the sugar white sands of Grayton Beach to the shoreline. Fee: $ 15 + $5 entry fee (paid at time of entrance)

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Take a guided tour of the wet prairies of Grayton Beach State Park April 22

firstdayhikesgrayton2Dates/time: April 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Join the Park Ranger for an informative tour of some of the park’s Wet Prairie Restoration areas. Learn the importance of these areas, which endangered plants call them home, and how swamp titi trees impact the hydrology and flora of these areas. The ranger will discuss the importance of the prescribed fire program at Grayton Beach State Park, explaining how fire is a necessity for habitat restoration, wildlife management, and decreasing loading fuels to help with the prevention of wildfires.

Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Difficulty is moderate. Participants will hike approximately 2 – 2.5 miles out to one of the restoration sites and then hike back. The topography is not level. It is also sandy/muddy in areas. Participants should bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat. Participants must wear appropriate hiking/walking attire. NO OPEN-TOED SHOES, SANDALS, OR FLIP-FLOPS ALLOWED. Pets are not allowed on this walk. Pets cannot be left unattended at any time or in a vehicle. Event is subject to cancellation due to bad weather, unforeseen situations, or prescribed burning in the area.

Space is limited to 12 participants. Minimum of 5 required. Location: Grayton Beach State Park, 357 Main Park Rd, Santa Rosa Beach Participants will meet at the ranger station.

Fee: $15 + $5 entry fee (paid at time of entrance)

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Take a guided tour of the wet prairies and rare plants of the Point Washington State Forest with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance May 4

 Date/time: May 4, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

We will visit several wet prairies in Pt. Washington State Forest.  Observe and identify pitcher plants, sundews and other carnivorous plants, plus many other native plants that are typically found only in this kind of habitat.  Several of these species are threatened or endangered.  The history and ecology of the prairies will be discussed, as well as, the role of fires in these precious ecosystems.  This tour is led by an accomplished biologist who has been involved in describing and mapping wet prairies in south Walton County.

Moderate difficulty, walking about a mile, including over boggy ground that may have some standing water.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and hat.  Wear long pants and closed-toed sturdy shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) that can get wet and muddy.  A walking stick and camera are recommended.

Space is limited to 15 participants.  Minimum of 4.

Location: Meet at South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549.  Vehicle caravan to event location.

Fee: $15 + $2 forest entry fee at entrance of park

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Take a guided tour of the Choctawhatchee River and Morrison Springs with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance May 18

morrison1Date/time: May 18, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Learn about unique places tucked away along the Choctawhatchee River. Learn about our precious water resources, flood plains, where the river flows, and why it is ever changing. Then we will drive to Morrison Springs. Lean about how many millions of gallons of water Morrison Springs emits every day, and where the water comes from.  We will also discuss the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. We will then take a dip in the cool, clear spring water.

Bring water, a snorkel, waterproof camera, sunscreen, towel, and your swimsuit. Pack a lunch if you wish, as there is a pavilion and restroom facility available at the park.  The event and swimming is dependent on river conditions.

Moderate exertion level. Travel time approximately 1.5 hours each way. Space is limited to 7 participants. Minimum of 4 required.

Location: Meet at Northwest Florida State College South College, 109 South Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach.  A van will be used to transport individuals along the tour. Fee: $35.

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

 

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