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Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival May 2

Family Festival to be held at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park The second annual Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival, a free family & community event for all ages, will be held Saturday, May 2 from 11:00 am. to 4:00 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...

Morrison Springs renovation complete

Popular park reopens PONCE DE LEON – A newly renovated Morrison Springs is now open to the public. The 161-acre park is well known in the area, and popular with divers and nature enthusiasts across the south. The project started in 2007 and includes a new separate boat launch area and parking. This separate launching area provides a safer environment for divers and boaters. There is approximately 575 linear ft. of boardwalks meandering through the ancient cypress trees, and span...

Get Outdoors Florida!

It’s official! Getting outdoors is good for you Gov. Charlie Crist and his Cabinet signed a resolution Mar. 24 encouraging families to Get Outdoors Florida!  The resolution recognizes the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights and  promotes Get Outdoors Florida! activities April 4-5 and throughout the year. When introducing the resolution Commissioner Charlie Bronson said, “Spending time outdoors is a healthy and emotionally satisfying experience for people of all ages, and is especially beneficial for our children, and allows them an...

YOLO Yak makes its debut

Adventure board takes a paddle in Hogtown Bayou The creative genius of Jeff Archer and Tom Losee, of local YOLO Board fame have just come up with a new toy to paddle – the YOLO Yak. The YOLO YAK is the first of its kind hybrid stand-up paddleboard/kayak. Tapping into a new facet of their already popular line of boards, the YOLO Yak now offers an experience even the novice paddler can enjoy. The Yak’s stability in the water provides...

Spend the day outside with your valentine

Alternatives to traditional valentine celebrations abound in Walton The area offers many ways to spend time with your Valentine. A romantic dinner, flowers, candy and love. With the holiday coming on a weekend, there is a variety of alternatives available in Santa Rosa Beach, Coldwater Creek or Big Cypress Ranch up in Ponce DeLeon. Here is a list to get you out and about (click on the titles below for more info): Village of Baytowne Wharf offers sweet fun for...

Nature Girl’s Weekend Picks

Learn about the beautiful winter blooms at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 7 The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the Camellia Saturday, February 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Pt. Washington, North of Highway 98 via Hwy 395. Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing camellias, discover heritage handicraft demonstrations on the grounds, learn air layering, (a camellia propagating technique,) and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend lectures on camellia care and...

Paddler Completes Saltwater Florida Trail

Entire Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail paddled Matt Keene’s and Jodi Eller’s Sunshine Expedition reached a significant  milestone on Jan. 5 as Matt arrived at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola. In a 3-½ month sea kayaking trip, Matt Keene became the first ever thru-paddler of the 1600-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. He was welcomed by family, friends and supporters in an event coordinated by Escambia County’s Marine Resources Division.  Having also paddled for much of the trip, Jodi took...

Upcoming paddles in the Panhandle

Turkey Creek paddle on Jan. 24 The West Florida Canoe and Kayak Club offers a variety of paddles in the Northwest Florida Panhandle. If you are interesting in becoming a member, you can go to their website at www.clubkayak.com/wfckc or contact Wes Mosteller at wesjane@earthlink.net 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...

Join the birders on retreat in Apalachicola

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society annual retreat Feb. 13 – 16 2009 Join the CAS in birding, owling and star gazing in Apalachicola. Directed by Alan Knothe- expert birder. Other activities include kayaking/canoeing and good fellowship. Camping and motels available.  Register with Pat Baker- 850-678-2953 flabirder@cox.net or Bob Penhollow- 850-729-2602 bobpenhollow@cox.net Daily agendas will be given to registrants....