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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Apr 2 @ 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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Garden lecture on annuals in DeFuniak Springs 10:00 am
Garden lecture on annuals in DeFuniak Springs
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend “Annuals to Beat the Heat”, the latest installment of their Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 3rd from 10:00 am – Noon at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th St, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. This workshop will feature Walton County Master Gardener Andrea Schnapp presenting about newly introduced annual varieties you should consider to add color in your yard throughout the summer and the rest of the year. You will also learn about the conditions these annuals prefer in the landscape, where to find them, and other tips to unlock the annual flower power available at nurseries. Call (850)-892-8172 or email haneyc@ufl.edu to register and reserve your spot for this talk.  Cost of the program is $5 (cash or check only) and will include presentation handouts, educational publications and light refreshments.
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Stargazing at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 4:00 pm
Stargazing at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association (NWFASTRO) on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 4 – 9:30 p.m. for “Topsail Under the Stars,” an evening of viewing the sun, moon and stars through telescopes. Solar telescopes will be out until the sun sets for you to safely view the sun. Then the astronomy association will switch telescopes and assist you in viewing any constellations, planets and other celestial objects that are visible. The program is weather dependent, and a decision is made by 2:00p m the day of the program as to whether the program can occur. Please call the ranger station before heading out for the program. Participants need to be in the park before the gate closes at sunset so please be in the park by 6:00p.m. This 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 about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.
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Seaside Farmers Market 9:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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
Easter egg hunt and festivities at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center 9:00 am
Easter egg hunt and festivities at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hop on over to the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center for their Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $10 and you must pre-register online due to limited availability in each age group.  Register here. Hunt for eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, play games in the Egg Olympics, decorate eggs, hang out with some spring time farm animals, and explore the Center. Hot dog lunch and other snacks will be available for purchase. Age-divided easter egg hunts will begin at 10 am.
Bluewater Bay Cultural Arts Fest 10:00 am
Bluewater Bay Cultural Arts Fest
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bluewater Bay Marina Complex is excited to announce the Bluewater Bay Cultural Arts Festival set for April 6th from 10 am – 6pm. The Bluewater Bay Cultural Arts fest is a unique event featuring local and regional artists, covering a large spectrum of art mediums including watercolors, glass art, folk art, Macramé’, one of a kind jewelry, photography, classical guitar children’s activities and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.bluewaterbaymarina.com, or contact Colleen Hinely cehinelyphotography@earthlink.net Bluewater Bay Marina Complex is located at 290 Yacht Club Dr. (off of Bay Drive in the Bluewater Bay Community, east of Niceville). Tel: (850) 897-2821.  
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
Apr 6 @ 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.
Ponce De Leon Spring Fling 10:00 am
Ponce De Leon Spring Fling
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Town of Ponce De Leon is holding their inaugural PDL Spring Fling. The event will be held at the Town Hall on April 6, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event will be held on U.S. Hwy. 90 at Blue Creek Veterans Memorial Park near S.R. 81. The town will have an egg hunt, bounce house, face painting and crafts for the little ones, in addition, there will be a dunking booth. The Easter Bunny will be present along with a photographer to capture your Easter memories. Raffle tickets for $1.00 each or 12 for $10.00. Tickets will be drawn throughout the day of the event for prizes. For more information call the Town Hall at 805-836-4361.
Rock the Falls Music Festival at Falling Waters State Park 10:00 am
Rock the Falls Music Festival at Falling Waters State Park
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Join Falling Waters State Park and the Washington County Tourist Development Council, Rogers Insurance, and Metric Engineering proudly present Rock the Falls Music Festival on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Live music by award winning recording artists along with crafters and artists, all set to the backdrop of what has been called the most amazing geological feature in Florida. There will also be a kid zone with a bounce house, inflatable obstacle course and pony rides. The event would not be complete without some amazing food and desserts. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a day of great music, amazing crafters and fun for the whole family. The event is free with park admission of $5 per vehicle/$4 single occupant. Schedule: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Emily Stuckey (The Krickets) 12 – 2 p.m. Luke Langford Band 2 – 4 p.m. Christon Birge 4 – 6 p.m. RuffWater Band Contact Call 638-6130 for more information. Driving Directions Falling Waters State Park is located 3 miles south of Chipley off State Road 77, turn left on State Park Road and follow it to the park s entrance. From I 10, take Chipley Exit south on[...]
Estuary Festival at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville 11:00 am
Estuary Festival at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville
Apr 6 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute is hosting their 12th Annual Family Estuary Festival on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fun activities, hands-on displays and environmental awareness exhibits will be on hand. You will learn about the local waters of our estuary and the people living and working there at this family friendly event. Participating organizations include Choctawhatchee Audubon Society; Junior Rangers Program; Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves; Florida Trail Association; Hike It Baby; Walton County Environmental Department; University of Florida Milton; Audubon Florida; Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance; Okaloosa County Environmental Heath; US Fish and Wildlife Service; Topsail Hill Preserve State Park; Early Learning Coalition of Emerald Coast; Northwest Florida State College Kids on Campus; Kayak Tours; and more. The event is FREE and open to the public with paid admission to the park. (Regular Florida State Park fees apply: •$5 per vehicle. Limit 8 people per vehicle. • $4 Single occupant vehicle. • $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville. For more information, call (850) 833-9144.
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Apr 9 @ 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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Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 8:15 am
Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Apr 10 @ 8:15 am – 9:15 am
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society on Wed., April 10 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. for a guided bird walk.  Learn about the birds you are seeing in the park along the trails. There are a limited number of binoculars available at the park store that can be borrowed for the program. Due to the popularity of the summer bird walks, they are continuing in the second Wednesday of the month. This 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 about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330 or visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Topsail-Hill
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Seaside Farmers Market 9:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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
Earth Day walk at Camp Helen State Park 8:30 am
Earth Day walk at Camp Helen State Park
Apr 13 @ 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Join a naturalists’ walk about with eminent botanist and ecologist, Dr. John Tobe. Enjoy a relaxing natural history walk through a variety of fascinating coastal ecosystems. Explore and observe the unique native flora and fauna of maritime hammocks, coastal flatwoods, dune lake, salt marshes and coastal dunes. Learn the identity and importance of scores of amazing plants and animals. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The walk will stay on established trails and boardwalks, some are shaded, most are not. Bring a water bottle and bring your binoculars to see wildlife up close. Estimated time for each tour is 90 minutes. Each tour is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Please dress appropriately. Tours will be conducted in the morning at 8:30, 10:30 and 12:30 p.m. 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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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
Apr 15 @ 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.
Enjoy a sunset paddle cruise at Grayton Beach State Park 6:45 pm
Enjoy a sunset paddle cruise at Grayton Beach State Park
Apr 15 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Grayton Beach State Park ranger Chris Horkman for a sunset cruise on Western Lake on Monday, April 15. The paddle will include exploring to the outfall. A sign-up sheet will be located in the ranger station to reserve your spot. There are limited 2 person kayaks and canoes provided by the Friends of Grayton Beach. Please bring along bottled water and insect repellent. The paddle will start at 6:45 p.m. Grayton Beach State Park is located in Walton County, South of U.S. 98 off of Scenic Road 30A. Take county road 283 south from U.S. 98, turn left at the stop sign on 30A (approximately 1/4 mile east of the intersection of C.R. 30A and C.R. 283 the main entrance is on the right). ::MAP:: Park Fees: Admission Fee $5.00 per vehicle (2-8 people per vehicle) $4.00 single occupant vehicle Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit – Admission Fee $2.00
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Apr 16 @ 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 animals in the wild at Grayton Beach State Park 10:00 am
Learn about animals in the wild at Grayton Beach State Park
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Grayton Beach State Park ranger Slade Ward on Wednesday, April 17 as he provides information on the many species animals that call Grayton Beach home. Be ready to take a quiz on the top 10 species that are in park. Learn why it is discouraged to feed animals in the wild. Parking will be at the boat launch lot. The interpretive will begin at 10 a.m. Grayton Beach State Park is located in Walton County, South of U.S. 98 off of Scenic Road 30A. Take county road 283 south from U.S. 98, turn left at the stop sign on 30A (approximately 1/4 mile east of the intersection of C.R. 30A and C.R. 283 the main entrance is on the right). ::MAP:: Park Fees: Admission Fee $5.00 per vehicle (2-8 people per vehicle) $4.00 single occupant vehicle Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit – Admission Fee $2.00
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Learn about green sea turtle migration at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 10:00 am
Learn about green sea turtle migration at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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 on May 17, 2019 and “Geology of the Florida Panhandle” by Dr. Jon Bryan on June 21, 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 about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330 or visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Topsail-Hill
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Seaside Farmers Market 9:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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
Volunteer for beach clean up at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 9:15 am
Volunteer for beach clean up at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Apr 20 @ 9:15 am – 11:30 am
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a Beach Cleanup on April 20, 2019 from 9:15 – 11:30 a.m.  Help keep the beach safe for the threatened and endangered species that call the beach home by minimizing the impact of marine debris on the beach and in the Gulf. To register as a beach cleanup volunteer please call 850-267-8330 and provide your name, email address, phone number and number of people coming. Volunteer check in is at Tram Stop #3 (after the 9am tram arrives). Volunteers need to bring hat, sunscreen and water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather.  Gloves, trash bags and buckets will be provided. Registered volunteers receive free admission during event. For more information about the Beach Cleanup and the park, please call the Ranger Station at 850-267-8330. Driving Directions Located in Santa Rosa Beach, the park is located 1/4 south of U.S. Hwy 98 on western end of Scenic Hwy. 30A.  ::MAP:
Spring Festival and Eggstravaganza in Freeport 10:00 am
Spring Festival and Eggstravaganza in Freeport
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Enjoy a day of family fun at Freeport Regional Sports Complex on April 20. Sponsored by the Freeport Town Planters Society, the even will feature pony rides, Hobo Express, fishbowl games, stuff your own animal, and the 15,000 Easter eggs that fall from the sky sponsored by Destin Worship. Town Planters Society will be hosting a silent auction to raise funds for Relay for Life. Times are: Special needs 10:30 a.m. Toddlers 0-3 at 11 a.m. Ages 4-7 at 12 Noon Ages 8-11 at 1 a.m. There will be 15,000 eggs this year and plans are for two helicopter drops for the 12 & 1 PM times. Stroll through the park and enjoy a fun filled day for the whole family. Freeport Regional Sports Complex is located at 563 Hammock Trail East, Freeport, Florida 32439
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Apr 23 @ 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 animal scat at Grayton Beach State Park 10:00 am
Learn about animal scat at Grayton Beach State Park
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Grayton Beach State Park ranger Aaron Allen on Wednesday, April 24 as he discusses and identifies the different sightings of wildlife scat (poop) you may see in the park and on the trails. What you think may be raccoon scat could be grey fox. The event begins at 10 a.m. Ask for more details at the ranger station. Grayton Beach State Park is located in Walton County, South of U.S. 98 off of Scenic Road 30A. Take county road 283 south from U.S. 98, turn left at the stop sign on 30A (approximately 1/4 mile east of the intersection of C.R. 30A and C.R. 283 the main entrance is on the right). ::MAP:: Park Fees: Admission Fee $5.00 per vehicle (2-8 people per vehicle) $4.00 single occupant vehicle Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit – Admission Fee $2.00
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Blueberry preserve workshop in DeFuniak Springs 5:30 pm
Blueberry preserve workshop in DeFuniak Springs
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join the Walton Count Extension for a hands on blueberry preserves workshop on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Learn how to make homemade preserves through safe water-bath canning methods with their Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Jill Breslawski. Cost is $15 per person. To register, call 850-892-8172 or register online https://waltonblueberry2019.eventbrite.com. Limit 25 participants. Pre-registration is required by April 18th. Walk away with your very own jar of fresh, blueberry preserves just in time for your summer picnics. The workshop will be held at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433.
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Seaside Farmers Market 9:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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
Celebrate Earth Day at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 2:00 pm
Celebrate Earth Day at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Celebrate the earth and Earth Day with the park and environmental organizations and agencies from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. There will be nature activities, games, animals, face painting and booths as well as music and fun. An exciting part of the event is the participation in the Trees4Earth campaign. With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day fast approaching in 2020, Trees for the Earth campaign was launched in 2016, with a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by 2020—one for every person projected to be on Earth. The park and event attendees will be planting trees on park property as part of this campaign. Admission to the park is free for this event. Driving Directions Located in Santa Rosa Beach, the park is located 1/4 south of U.S. Hwy 98 on western end of Scenic Hwy. 30A.  ::MAP:
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Apr 30 @ 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