Take a guided tour of the coastal dune lakes March 18

March 14, 2014

campbelllakesmTime: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, UF/IFAS Extension, and Florida Sea Grant for natural resource tours to introduce participants to the Jewels of 30A – the coastal dune lakes of Walton County, Florida. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare ecosystems, which exist in just a few places around the world.  These dynamic lake systems support an incredible biological community and are considered to be a biodiversity hotspot.

The tour of the coastal dune lakes will follow Scenic Highway 30A and will make several stops along the way, visiting three to five coastal dune lakes. You will explore the unique character of the different lakes as we discuss ecology, water quality, and human impacts. You will also enjoy photographic vistas, take a short hike within the dune system, and stop for a picnic lunch in one of the local state parks.

Participants should plan for easy to moderate short hiking, getting in and out of vans, and being outside in sunny and possibly windy conditions associated with coastal areas.  Bring a camera and /or binoculars if you like. Bring hat, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and layered weather-appropriate clothing, including rain gear if needed.  Tours will go on, rain or shine; stops may be adjusted according to weather conditions to suit the comfort of the participants.

Future dates the tour will be offered: April 10, April 22, and June 18 from 9:30 am -3:30 pm.

Cost: $45, lunch will be provided.  Space is limited to 30 participants. Minimum of 5.

Location: Meet at South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach

Go to www.basinalliance.org and click on the EcoTours info box to find out more.  Call 850-200-4160 to register.

For more information, call:  Sarah Schindele, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, 850-517-6843 or Brooke Saari UF/IFAS Extension & Florida Sea Grant 850-685-7359.