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Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 15

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on Oct. 15, 2018 from 9 – 11 a.m for a guided plant stroll.  Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. Due to the popularity of this program during the summer, it will continue this fall on the third Monday of the month. This program is free with regular park admission.  CONTACT: Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us A...

Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Sept. 17

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on September 17, 2018 from 9 – 11 a.m for a guided plant stroll.  Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. Due to the popularity of this program during the summer, it will continue this fall on the third Monday of the month.  In October, the program will be on Oct 15, 2018.  In November, the...

Stargazing at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 6

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association for an evening of viewing the sun, moon and stars through telescopes on July 6, 2018 from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. Solar telescopes will be out until the sun sets for you to safely view the sun.  Then the astronomy association will switch telescopes and assist you in viewing any constellations, planets and other celestial objects that are visible. The program is weather dependent, and a decision is...

Marine camp offered at Camp Timpoochee

Are you interested in learning about marine life, going fishing, or exploring the underwater world with a mask and snorkel? If so, this is the camp for you! This local education opportunity for budding marine scientists will be happening this summer at Camp Timpoochee in Niceville, FL.   The camps enable participants to explore the marine and aquatic ecosystems of Northwest Florida; especially that of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Campers get to experience Florida’s marine environment through fishing, boating snorkeling, games, STEM...

Sea turtle season in South Walton runs May 1 – October 31

South Walton Turtle Watch watches over our nesting sea turtles According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, sea turtles are among the oldest creatures on earth, and have remained essentially unchanged for 110 million years. However, they face an uncertain future. Illegal harvesting, habitat encroachment, and pollution (physical and light) are only some of the issues sea turtles face as the beautiful creatures struggle to stay alive. Each year from May – October, there are four species of Florida...

Foraging workshop in DeFuniak Springs May 10

Spring is here, and everywhere outdoors things are growing. This is a prime time to get out and look for things to eat. From chickweed to wild mushrooms, there are plenty of foods to forage if you know what to look for. With that in mind, the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service is presenting an educational workshop on foraging in the North Florida area. It will be held starting at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs with...

Give nesting waterbirds space to help keep them safe

It’s nesting season for Florida’s waterbirds, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida are reminding beach goers and boaters to give these birds and their young space to help keep them safe. “This is a critical time of year for nesting birds and their young,” said Craig Faulhaber, avian conservation coordinator for the FWC. “By taking a few simple steps, people can enjoy a day at the beach or on the water without disturbing nesting...