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Seaside Farmers Market 10:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community. Location
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History tour first Sat. of month at Camp Helen State Park 10:00 am
History tour first Sat. of month at Camp Helen State Park
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Come learn the history of this beautiful park. Guided tours begin at the Visitor’s Center on the first Saturday of each month. The tour starts at 10 a.m. is free with $4 per car entrance fee into the park. For information call 850 233-5059. Driving Directions Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP:: Park Fees There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian. Click here for park website.
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165 Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
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Composting lecture in DeFuniak Springs 10:00 am
Composting lecture in DeFuniak Springs
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
If you maintain a garden or landscape beds, you probably know that soil health is an important part of keeping plants healthy, but you may not be aware of the amazing benefits composting can have on your soil’s health and how easy it is to do at home. With spring planting just around the corner, now is the perfect time to dive into the ins and outs of composting. On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the Master Gardener Lecture Series event “Ins and Outs of Composting” will be held at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs with Evan Anderson, the Walton County Agricultural Extension Agent, presenting the program on soil health and making your own compost. This lecture will be held from 10 – 11:30 a.m. CST, and there will be a $5 fee to attend, payable by cash or check. To register or for more information, please call (850) 892-8172 or email haneyc@ufl.edu. The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With offices in each of Florida’s 67 county, UF/IFAS[...]
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Seaside Farmers Market 10:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community. Location
: Seaside
Night hike at Ponce De Leon Springs State Park 7:00 am
Night hike at Ponce De Leon Springs State Park
Feb 9 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am
Come on out this Saturday evening at 7 p.m. to Ponce de Leon Springs State Park for a nocturnal stroll. If you joined the Park Ranger for the New Years Day hike you’ll be familiar with the trail in the daylight, but come back to get a different perspective during their first ever night hike. Meet at the trail head on LD Anderson Rd. Entrance fee is $4, and use the the honor drop box so bring cash. A flashlight or headlamp is recommended. If coming by interstate, take exit 86 and go south on highway 81 about 3/4 of a mile. LD Anderson Road will be on the left, at the Holmes/Walton county line. ::MAP::     
Gras Fest in DeFuniak Springs 11:00 am
Gras Fest in DeFuniak Springs
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Join Krewe de Yak on Saturday, Feb. 9 as they kick off the Mardi Gras season with their annual Gras Fest parade and street fair. The street fair will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature vendor booths, food, and music as well as a classic car show. Then at 3 p.m., the beads will be fly as the Mardi Gras parade travels around the lake. The event will be held along Circle Drive along Lake DeFuniak. For more information contact info@krewedeyak.org.
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165 Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
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Learn about coastal dune lakes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 10:00 am
Learn about coastal dune lakes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance on February 15, 2019 from 10 – 11 a.m. Come learn about the rare coastal dune llakes in Walton County. Meet at the clubhouse. This program is free with regular park admission. 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 “Shipwrecks” by the Florida Public Archaeology Network on March 15, “Green Sea Turtle Migration” by the 30A Sea Life Discovery Center on April 19 and “Birds and Hurricanes” by Audubon Florida on May 17, 2019. A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP:: To learn more call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.
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Seaside Farmers Market 10:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community. Location
: Seaside
5K Fun Run and Walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 7:00 am
5K Fun Run and Walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Feb 16 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for Love Tracks, a 5K Fun Run/Walk on February 16, 2019 from 7 – 10:30 a.m. While on a paved trail through the park race participants will enjoy a beautiful view of long leaf pines, saw palmettos and a variety of other plants and animals. Those running or walking the 5K without a dog will start at 8:00a.m. Race entrance fees for the 8 a.m. wave are $10 for children and $25 for adults and included a full size finisher medal. Those running or walking with a dog will start at 8:45 a.m. For the 8:45 a.m. wave race entrance fees are $5 for children, $10 for adults, $15 for adults with a dog ($5 for each additional dog) and includes a mini finisher medal. For the safety of participants dogs are only allowed to enter with an adult. All race participants registered by January 28, 2019 will get a bag and a t-shirt. The registered dogs will get a bandanna. For those registering after January 28 they are only guaranteed a finisher medal as there will be very few extra bags and shirts available. Post-race celebration will be 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and includes food, music and door prizes. All funds raised[...]
Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park 10:00 am
Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join the Friends of Eden Gardens State Park as they celebrate the annual Camellia Festival on Saturday, February 16th from 10 am – 2 pm. This wonderful event, centered around the blooming of the camellias, is a time to celebrate the natural beauty and history of the park. The event is free with paid park admission ($4 per car). Pack a picnic and enjoy the day. Beginning to bloom in late November, Camellias bring beautiful blooms to the park throughout the winter months. In February, we pay tribute to the Camellias, providing an array of educational and heritage presentations, from instruction on how to Air layer a Camellia to antique chair caning and 19th century toy making, there will be plenty of opportunities to observe and learn! This event will take place throughout the park, with flower seminars being held in the Pavilion, vendors and demonstrators being located close by on the lawn and paver area. Festival begins at 10am and ends at approximately 2pm. Event is free and open to the public with paid park admission of $4 per vehicle. The Historic Wesley house will be open for tours from 10 am -3 pm on the day of the[...]
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Garden growing workshop in DeFuniak Sprinngs 10:00 am
Garden growing workshop in DeFuniak Sprinngs
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join UF/IFAS Walton County Extension from 10 am -Noon on Monday, February 18 for an interactive workshop titled “Grow the Perfect Salad”!  This event will be held at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs, 732 N 9th St, and will feature Daniel Leonard, the Walton County Horticulture Agent presenting a session on tips and techniques for growing a winter salad garden. In addition, Blake Thaxton, from Johnny’s Seeds, will be presenting on new and improved varieties and cultivars to try in the Panhandle followed by an optional tour of a local residential raised bed garden. Cost of the program is $5, payable by cash or check, and will include a 2019 Johnny’s Seeds catalog, educational publications and an entry for several door prize giveaways. To register, please call (850)-892-8172 or email haneyc@ufl.edu
Learn about turpentining at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 12:00 pm
Learn about turpentining at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Feb 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
As part of Black History Month, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting “Turpentining in Topsail” on February 18, 2019 from 12 – 2 p.m.  Learn about the Turpentine industry that occurred in the park area during the late 1800s and early 1900s as well as outdoor cooking techniques from that time period.  Participants will get to sample “Swamp Cabbage.” Afterwards there is an optional 3-mile walk to see remnants of the turpentining industry remnants within the park.  If you are choosing to participate in the walk afterwards, please come dressed in weather appropriate clothing and in comfortable walking shoes as the walk is on uneven terrain. A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP:: To learn more call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.
Guided moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 4:30 pm
Guided moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Feb 18 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a moonlight paddle on Monday, February 18, 2019 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Experience Campbell Lake on a ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old. Program is $40 per person and space is limited.  Advanced online registration is required and can be done HERE.  Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, hot chocolate, a special surprise, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.  Program is weather dependent.  In order to prevent the introduction of invasive species in to Campbell Lake, which is a rare coastal dune lake, watercraft and gear from outside the park is not allowed. Future moonlight paddles will be held February 18 and March 20, 2019.  Online registration opens the day after the paddle in the previous month. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP:: To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330. To learn more about the park, please visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/topsail-hill-preserve-state-park
Plant stroll the third Monday of the month at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 6:20 pm
Plant stroll the third Monday of the month at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Feb 18 @ 6:20 pm – 7:20 pm
Join Master Gardener, Bill Kuenstler, for a leisurely stroll through the park and learn about the plants you see. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Program is free with regular park admission. A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP:: To learn more call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Feb 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165 Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
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Landscape seminar on shrubs in Panama City 5:30 pm
Landscape seminar on shrubs in Panama City
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Many landscapes have been stripped of vegetation due directly to Hurricane Michael damage or clearing efforts making yards devoid of color and privacy. Part II in the Landscape Recovery Series hosted by the Bay County Extension Office will focus on selecting shrubs that perform well in northwest Florida. This workshop will focus on selection and installation of shrubs suited to the Florida Panhandle including native plants, shrubs with edible fruit, and good screening options. The seminar will be held on Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Gulf Coast State College, 5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Language & Literature Building, Sarzin Lecture Hall , Panama City, FL 32401. View Map The event is free, however sign up is required by clicking here. Speakers: UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Faculty, Julie McConnell UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Master Gardener, Jody Wood-Putnam Handouts, door prizes, time for Q&A.   Sign-in will begin at 5:30 with program starting at 6:00 p.m. Please note food and drink are not allowed in the lecture hall. Questions please contact Julie McConnell at juliebmcconnell@ufl.edu or call our office at 850-784-6105.
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Turtle workshop in Niceville 11:00 am
Turtle workshop in Niceville
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute for our Spring Semester 2019 Workshop “Talking Turtles” with presenter Paul Arthur and his special turtle guests. The workshop will take place on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science Building (Building 350), Room 110, Niceville Campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Paul Arthur is the President of Nokuse Education Inc. and Director of the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. The Biophilia Center is the perfect spot for Paul to share his enthusiasm of the outdoors by teaching future generations the importance of conservation and preservation. For more information, contact via email: mkei@nwfsc.edu or call 850-729-4915.
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Seaside Farmers Market 10:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community. Location
: Seaside
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Feb 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165 Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
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Discover the Nina and Pinta sailing ships at Baytowne Marina 9:00 am
Discover the Nina and Pinta sailing ships at Baytowne Marina
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort February 27 – March 4 as the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will be docked at Baytowne Marina located at 8330 Mike Hayes Boulevard. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5  p.m. The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” In 2005, the ‘Pinta’, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to sight land in the New World. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5 – 16. Children 4[...]
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