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New bridge crosses Alaqua Creek on the Florida Trail

The Florida Trail’s newest and longest suspension bridge has just been completed along Alaqua Creek in Walton County. The bridge is located on Eglin East section of the Florida Trail on Eglin Air Force Base Reservation. The bridge now provides a safe and easily accessible crossing over a flood-prone creek, opening up a particularly scenic section of trail to greater use by the outdoor community. Planning and construction of the 70-foot Alaqua “Demon” Bridge over Alaqua Creek has been an...

Nature Rocks day camps this summer at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

Join the Biophilia Center and The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for a summer camp that embodies the best of both worlds: science and the arts. This week-long immersive experience includes hands-on drumming and songwriting classes with renowned percussionist Zig Wajler of “Hands on With Zig,” wildlife-themed visual arts classes, interactive theater, and dynamic hands-on nature activities featuring live animal ambassadors. Nature Rocks day camp will be offered the week of 7/15/19 – 7/26/19. In addition, an animal themed camp will be...

Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park May 20

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on Monday, May 20, 2019 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.  A $6.00 entry admission...

Gulf coast lupine blooms along South Walton area beaches

Beautiful blue shrub a welcomed sight In the springtime, sand dunes along the beaches in South Walton are dolloped with beautiful blue lupine. The gulf coast lupine (Lupinus westianus) is a native plant and endemic to Northwest Florida. Lupine habitats are sand hills, scrubs and coastal dunes. This particluar perennial shrub is only found in a few counties with Walton fortunate enough to be one of them. The beautiful blue flowers provide a delicate lavender-like scent. Early settlers to the...

Spend a week in nature this June at Camp Longleaf in Freeport

What better way to spend summer camp than exploring the outdoors and nature? The wonderful educators at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center are now offering a weeklong summer overnight camp in Freeport named Camp Longleaf. The camp is designed for children ages 9-14, and is currently enrolling for its three introductory sessions: June 9-14, June 16-21, June 23-28, 2019. Camp Longleaf will incorporate the Biophilia Center’s passion for nature with traditional camp fun and games. “I want to tell our...

Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park April 15

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on April 15, 2019 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...

Learn about green sea turtle migration at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park April 19

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the 30A Sea Life Discovery Center to learn about the green sea turtle migration in Florida. The event will be held from 10 – 11 a.m. on Fri., April 19. Topsail Talks is a monthly educational discovery series with presentations from organizations and government agencies from outside the park on the third Friday of the month at 10 am in the clubhouse. Future dates and topics are “Birds and Hurricanes” by Audubon Florida...

Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March 18

UPDATE: Prescribed burns at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March 18, 19. We recommend not going on plant walk March 18. Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on March 18, 2019 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...