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Learn about Turpentining Feb. 21

Be part of a turpentine crew at Topsail Hill Preserve Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Feb. 21 – 10 a.m. Be part of our turpentining crew as they go out into the piney woods and earn their daily babbits (or tokens good only at the company store). Skeeter and Boss Blake will make sure to show all greenhorns how to dip sap, chip boxes and spend babbits. Meet at the  Day-Use entrance off of Hwy 30A and take...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Master Gardener Plant Sale – Saturday Jan. 17 DeFuniak Springs –  09:00 am to 12:00 pm The Walton County Master Gardeners will be holding a plant sale at the Extension Center next to the fairgrounds on SR 83. / / / Learn about Turpentining – Sat. Jan 17 Location: Topsail Hill State Preserve State Park Santa Rosa Beach – 10:00 am Be part of our turpentining crew as they go out into the piney woods and earn their daily babbits....

Florida Fish Busters – Get outdoors!

FWC plans to get more folks enjoying the outdoors “Nature deficit disorder” is a growing concern, but a new initiative of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and others endeavors to make the problem obsolete. Coined by Richard Louv in the book “Last Child in the Woods,” nature deficit disorder refers to the growing disconnect between people and the outdoors. To address these concerns over the disconnect, the “Get Outdoors Florida!” coalition is bringing together highly energized staff...

Breakfast with a Park Ranger Jan. 10

Have breakfast with a Park Ranger at Topsail Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Jan. 10 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will be holding its Breakfast with a Ranger. Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill and ask them all the questions you can think of about park wildlife. This program is family oriented and ideal for the whole family to enjoy. Park at the Day-Use area off Hwy...

A night of stargazing Jan. 9

Take a guided tour of the stars at Alys Beach Friday,  January 9 6-8 p.m. Meet at Fonville Press Alan Knothe will be the guide for an up close and personal tour of the heavens, starting with a lecture on the cycle of a star which will cover how the stars are formed, the stages they go through and what happens after they burn out. This will also cover black holes. Stargazing will follow the hour long lecture. The star-gazing...

SWFD beach safety flag warnings changed

Beach flags will not fly in Jan. and Feb. Beginning January 1, 2009 the South Walton Fire District (SWFD) and the Beaches of South Walton (Tourist Development Center/TDC) will no longer fly “beach safety flags” on the 30 public beach access flag poles during the months of  January and February. The SWFD continues to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and economy of our Beach Safety Division. During the 2008 End of Season Review and Analysis, several program enhancements were developed. One...

Gumbo cookoff Jan. 10

The Market Shops at Sandestin hosts cookoff and live entertainment From 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., taste gumbo from the area’s finest restaurants and businesses, then vote for your favorite. Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, performing live from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on the Cypress Green. Tickets are $13 in advanced and $15 the day of the cook-off. A portion of the net proceeds benefit The United Way. Call 850.267.8092 for more information or to purchase tickets....

Clicker Training For Fun, Agility and Obedience Jan. 10

A day of fun for you and your dog DogSmith Training Center & Agility Camp 1778 Linda Lane, Bonifay, FL  32425 40 minutes from the beaches $100.00 per person Learn how to click for: sit, down, stay, heel, front, stand Schedule: 10 a.m. Start – Clicker Training Overview 11.00 a.m. Click for Obedience 12.00 Lunch 1.00 p.m. – Agility Overview 2.00 p.m. – Obstacle Orientation 3.00 p.m. – Obedience Competition 4.00 p.m. – Agility Competition Understand the difference between: Luring...

Watch for Great Florida Birding Trail signs in the Panhandle

New signs installed in the Panhandle area of trails The 2,000-mile Great Florida Birding Trail reaches another milestone with the installation of the Panhandle section road signs this month. Signs will mark each of the designated sites along the trail. The Great Florida Birding Trail is a conservation program initiated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in response to the rapidly expanding sport of bird watching.  More than 485 exceptional sites throughout Florida have been chosen based...

Into the trees

Climbing trees a rewarding experience for two locals When I was a child, tree climbing was a normal activity like baseball or riding a bike. It was not unusual to see a classmate wearing an arm cast as the result of a vertical expedition gone wrong. We built tree houses, explored the branches and rigged ropes in trees that we salvaged from the riverbank to make swings. Trees were large and strong and no one ever seemed to question why...