Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival May 2

April 26, 2009

estuary1 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 M. Kelly Cultural & Environmental Institute at Northwest Florida State College, with support from the Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks.

The Choctawhatchee Estuary Family Festival features activities for the whole family including fish printing on t-shirts, crab races, hiking, seining for fish, kayak tours, and more. There will also be informative displays on the Okaloosa darter, local snakes, red tide, and the Gulf sturgeon. Other festival events include guided nature walks, kayak and canoe tours. All activities and entertainment are free of charge.

Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and come learn about the local waters of our estuary and the people living and working there. For more information on the festival, contact the Mattie M. Kelly Cultural & Environmental Institute at 729-6469.

For more information: http://www.mattiekellyinstitute.org/env-estuary-festival.cfm