Kid camps and outdoor fun offered this summer around Walton county

June 11, 2015

Enjoy outdoor fun outdoor activities this summer with a variety of children’s camp options in Walton county.

Marine Camp offered at Camp Timpoochee July 20 – 24

timpoocheeAre you interested in learning about marine life, going fishing, or exploring the underwater world with a mask and snorkel? If so, this is the camp for you.

Separated from the Destin beaches by the Choctawatchee Bay, Camp Timpoochee 4-H Center, (located in Niceville, Florida) allows campers first hand experience with Florida’s marine environment from above and below the waterline. Timpoochee’s marine lab is equipped with large aquariums supporting life from both fresh and saltwater habitats.

Sport fishing sessions will help youth learn about local fish and how to catch them. This week is full of learning and other fun activities such as snorkeling, swimming, recreational games, campfires, camp dance, evening activities and more. Marine education activities will be lead by specialists with the University of Florida’s Sea Grant Program and State 4-H Staff, making this week an exciting Outdoor Ed-Venture.

A daily snack from the canteen and a summer camp t-shirt are included in the camp fees, along with three nutritious meals per day prepared on site by our certified food safety staff. All cabins are air-conditioned.

Campers must be between the ages of 8-13. (Campers must have turned at least 8 by September 1, 2014.)

To register go to


Kids Club at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Tuesday and Thursday

kidsclubKids Club will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 -11:30 am in the clubhouse. There will be crafts, face painting, and kids will have an opportunity to learn about the park. For more info call the park at 850-443-0105.

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::


Explore the sights and sounds of nature at night in June and July

noniesarkeventuresDates/times:  June 24, July 8, July 22 – 7:30 – 9 p.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the summer season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Discover the sights and sounds of nature at night. Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters will guide evening Eco-Adventures for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance this summer on Wednesdays. A minimum of five Eventurer’s are needed and a maximum of 25. We will meet at some of Walton County’s exceptional biodiverse habitats and explore for elusive creatures such as fox, owls, frogs and especially bats. All are invited but focus is on ages 4-10. Bring a flashlight or headlamp to light your way and come properly dressed for heat and ready to repel bugs. The tours will lead out of various locations throughout Walton County. Space is limited to 25. Minimum of 5 required.
Fee: $15
June 24, 2015 tour will be held at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park:
7525 W County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Other dates locations to be announced.

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160. Click here to download reference # info: Summer 2015 ECOTOUR DESCRIPTIONS

Abrakadoodle Kids camp at Bayou Arts Center

Cultural Arts Association is offering Abrakadoodle Kids camp beginning Jun 12, and continues and every Friday for six weeks from 9:30 am until 2 pm at the Bayou Arts Center. This camp is environmental exploration meets artistic expression. Crabbing, nature walks and art activities will abound and delight children ages 4-12. $60 per camp day and a 10% discount will be applied for 2 or more siblings and 2 or more days booked.

Call 850-687-9372 or email to sign up. Bayou Arts Center is located adjacent to Cessna Park on CR 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.

Learn to swim at Freeport public pool

babyswimSwimming lessons are offered this summer at the Freeport Public Pool June, July, and August. Located behind City Hall. Class sizes are limited. For more information call 850-307-3029/3242. Download calendar: AquaPhins Swim Schedule 2015

AquaBabies (Parent/baby) 45.00 per session/ 30minutes 4 times per week – ages 6 months to 3 years – parent or guardian must be in the water with child
AquaTikes (Parent Assisted) 45.00 per session/ 30minutes 4 times per week – ages 3 – 6 years – parent or guardian must be in the water with child
AquaKids I – 40.00 per session/ 30 minutes 4 times per week

Must be 6 years old prior to class date
AquaKids II – 40.00 per session/ 30 minutes 4 times per week
AquaKids III – 40.00 per session/ 30 minutes 4 times per week
AquaKids IV – 40.00 per session/ 30 minutes 4 times per week

Camp Skyway offered at Camp Helen State Park in July


Camp SkyWay is returning for another fun summer at Camp Helen State Park. Skyway offers a full day and half day camp for ages 5-12, with a one of a kind adventure. There will be two four-day camps offered July 20 – 24 and July 27 – 31.

Activities include crafts, soccer, drama, games, science, cooking, gardening, beach activities, football, geocaching, nature adventures, and more.

For details and registration, go to Call camp director “Tink” at 210-878-9241 or email at for more information.