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Bird’s eye view of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Morris Lake overflow at Topsail Hill Preserve Local photographer Brandan Babineaux snapped this aerial photo of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on May 17. Spring rains created an overflow from Morris Lake closing the trail to the Gulf of Mexico. For more information about Brandan and his photography, go to: http://brandanbabineaux.com For more information about Topsail Hill Preserve State park, click here for story, or go to the park’s website at: http://www.floridastateparks.org/TopsailHill/...

Morrison Springs renovation complete

Popular park reopens PONCE DE LEON – A newly renovated Morrison Springs is now open to the public. The 161-acre park is well known in the area, and popular with divers and nature enthusiasts across the south. The project started in 2007 and includes a new separate boat launch area and parking. This separate launching area provides a safer environment for divers and boaters. There is approximately 575 linear ft. of boardwalks meandering through the ancient cypress trees, and span...

A journey to the Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve

A fun and peculiar adventure not to be missed Up in the Northern part of Walton County sits an extraordinary and interesting place called the Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve. What a great morning I had off the beaten path, exploring living things, rusted things, and eco-friendly methods of laying the deceased to rest. Where else can you find a bamboo farm, Rustaphorian sculptures, a chufa farmer and a green burial ground? John Wilkerson, along with his brother Bill and John’s...

Learn about dune ecosystems Mar. 21

Dunes at Topsail Hill State Preserve. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors Learn about the plants and animals that live in a dune ecosystem Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am Park at the Day-use area off Hwy 30A and take a tram ride to Topsail Hill Beach and see one of the most intact coastal ecosystems on the Gulf Coast. A $2.00 entry fee is required. Outdoor tours canceled during severe weather. Call (850)267-0299 for more details. For more information...

Lots happening this year with SWFD

• Lifeguard candidates make the grade • Beach wheelchairs on the way • Beach cam in the works • SWFD has new website Of the 45 candidates trying out for SWFD lifeguard this year, seven will be on the new roster. The finalists took their last test on March 6. With Beach Safety Director, Gary Wise marking down their score, the finalists did a 1.2 mile beach run, a 500 meter swim, one hour of board rescues and one hour...