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Topsail Hill Preserve hosts hike

Step Up Florida! fitness walk Sat, March 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Description: The Department of Environmental Protection’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will be hosting Step Up, Florida! Campbell Lake Hike that will be a fitness walk. Visitors will be guided down the paved tram path onto a semi-compact dirt trail that leads to a pristine coastal dune lake for a 3.5 mile hike where park rangers will discuss coastal dune lakes. Please wear good shoes, sunscreen...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Saturday, Feb. 21 Florida Sportsman Fishing and Boat Show Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 10. a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Okaloosa County Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd., Ft Walton Beach Admission: $8 adults, children 12 and under with parent free. Learn About Turpentining at Topsail Hill Preserve Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. Be part of a turpentining crew as they go out into the piney woods and earn their daily babbits (or tokens...

Learn About Turpentining Feb. 21

Be part of a turpentine crew at Topsail Hill Preserve Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. Be part of our turpentining crew as they go out into the piney woods and earn their daily babbits (or tokens good only at the company store). Skeeter and Boss Blake will make sure to show all greenhorns how to dip sap, chip boxes and spend babbits. Meet at the  Day-Use entrance off of Hwy 30A and take...

Learn About Coastal Dune Lakes Feb. 28

Lakes discussed at Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, February 28, 2009 9:00 a.m. Come and join an exciting interpretive on Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s imperiled coastal dune lakes. Learn about these important rare freshwater lakes that exist right here in Walton County. Park at the Day-Use area off HWY 30A and take a short hike to the clubhouse. A $2.00 entry fee is required. Outdoor tours canceled during severe weather.  Call (850)267-0299 for more details....

Camellia Festival in Eden Gardens State Park

Learn about the beautiful winter blooms at Eden Feb. 7 The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the Camellia Saturday, February 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Pt. Washington, North of Highway 98 via Hwy 395. Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing camellias, discover heritage handicraft demonstrations on the grounds, learn air layering, (a camellia propagating technique,) and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend lectures on camellia care and other plant related...

Nature Girl’s Weekend Picks

Learn about the beautiful winter blooms at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 7 The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the Camellia Saturday, February 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Pt. Washington, North of Highway 98 via Hwy 395. Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing camellias, discover heritage handicraft demonstrations on the grounds, learn air layering, (a camellia propagating technique,) and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend lectures on camellia care and...

Camellias blooming at Eden

Flowers displaying brilliant color The camellias a popping out in bloom at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington. Plants are available for purchase at the State park from The Friends of Eden. On Feb. 11, the Seagrove Garden Club will meet at Eden Gardens State Park to enjoy the blooming camellias. The meeting will feature an expert on the flower, then lunch will follow in the Pavilion. Call Sharon Jenkins 850-231-3584 for more info. Eden Gardens State Park is...

State Park status shared by SWCC

South Walton Community Council researches status on pending State Park closures Dear SWCC Member, I have received several emails and phone calls expressing concern about the potential closure of Deer Lake State Park. I have spoken with both local park officials and the state about the proposal. At the end of this email is a public memo provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. (FDEP) Here is a synopsis of what I have been told or found through research....