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Guided first day hike at Grayton Beach State Park Jan. 1

Enjoy a First Day hike with ranger Jacob at Grayton Beach State Park on Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. The hike will travel through the pristine sand dune trail and you will learn about our rare wildlife and plants that inhabit this unique area of the Gulf Coast. Also discover the history behind this changing winter wonderland. It will be a New Year, so please bring appropriate cold weather attire and trail footwear. Meet and the pavilion by the beach...

First Day Hike at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Jan. 1

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and kick off the new year with a First Day Hike on Jan 1. Explore the park with a ranger and learn about the park and its wildlife. Participants attending at 9 a.m. will enjoy a longer four mile round trip hike. Those coming at 2 p.m. will enjoy an easier mile and a half stroll. Both trails are relatively flat with roots, rock and dirt. To enjoy the First Day Hike to the...

First Day hike at Camp Helen State Park Jan. 1

Ring in the new year on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2010 from 10 – 11 a.m. with a hike through Camp Helen State Park. America’s state parks are promoting First Day hikes in all 50 states as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation. Join Ranger Clayton Iron-Wolf through the diverse ecosystems of Camp Helen that wind through oak canopies, mesic flatwoods and rolling dune landscapes. This will be an easy to moderate hike, so it’s great for the...

Learn about insects at St. Andrews State Park Dec. 18

Enjoy a lecture on who’s eating who at St. Andrews State Park on Wed., Dec. 18 from 2 – 3 p.m. Learn about some of our native creepy crawly insects from volunteer Judith Scott. Find out the different bugs that may be biting you and the ones you could bite if you had to. Meet at the visitor center. The park is located at 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, Florida 32408 ::MAP:: Tel: (850) 233-5140 Admission Fee: $8.00 per...

Campfire stories at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 27

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Fri., Dec. 27 for stories around the campfire. Enjoy hearing about the history of the park and what is occurring seasonally in the park. Monthly campfires will be held on the fourth Friday of the month just after sunset, so make sure to enter the park before the gate closes. This activity is a part of the Topsail After Dark Series, which allows park visitors to enjoy the park as the wildlife does,...

Guided hike at Camp Helen State Park Dec. 26

Join the park ranger on the last Thursday of the month, Dec. 26 for a ranger-led trail hike from 10 – 11 a.m. Camp Helen is home to over 3 1/2 miles of trails that meander through nine different distinct natural communities. A park ranger will lead the group on different sections of the trail for approximately 45 minutes, sharing about the natural and cultural history of Camp Helen State Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Plan to...

History tour at Camp Helen State Park Dec. 7

Enjoy a history tour of Camp Helen State Park from 10 – 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Park guests will have the opportunity to learn about how recreation has been a part of the park’s heritage for nearly 100 years. From the first hotel built along the bluffs overlooking Lake Powell in the 1920s, to Camp Helen’s hey-day between 1945 and 1987 as a recreation camp for employees of Avondale Textile Mills, our park has been...

South Walton Fire District hosting Elf Ride Dec. 8

The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) will be hosting the 12th Annual Elf Ride on Dec. 8th, 2019. Elves of all ages will meet at the Western Lake Beach Access in Watercolor at 1:00 p.m. and bicycle/walk to the SWFD’s WaterColor Station located at 2109 CR 395 South, Seagrove (approx. 1.5 miles). Bring an unwrapped gift to benefit the SWFD Angel Tree. Enjoy refreshments, tour the fire station and view the fire apparatus. Be sure to wear your favorite Christmas...

Santa sightings, holiday events in north and south Walton

‘Tis the season for Santa Claus spotting and photo opportunities with the big guy. Also some outdoor markets and family oriented outdoor events. Here are a few ideas: Nov. 29 Alys in Winter Wonderland 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Join Santa for cookie decorating and holiday cheer. Cookies to decorate will be available for purchase in Central Park, two cookies for $5. Unwrapped children’s toys will be accepted for donation to a local Angel Tree Program and nonperishable, non-glass food items...

Christmas parade and tree lighting in Freeport Dec. 7

The City of Freeport’s annual Christmas parade and tree lighting is Dec. 7, 2019, beginning at 4:40 p.m. This year’s celebration is expected to be the largest ever held in Freeport. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Dreams.” State Senator George Gainer is the Grand Marshall. Other participants will include festively decorated floats, vehicles, horses, and marching bands. Immediately following the parade, Mayor Barley will light the city’s Christmas tree and kick off a program featuring dance and musical numbers....