Take a guided tour of the wet prairies and rare plants of the Point Washington State Forest with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance May 11

April 25, 2015

 Date/time: May 11, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon

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

We will visit several wet prairies in Pt. Washington State Forest.  Observe and identify pitcher plants, sundews and other carnivorous plants, plus many other native plants that are typically found only in this kind of habitat.  Several of these species are threatened or endangered.  The history and ecology of the prairies will be discussed, as well as, the role of fires in these precious ecosystems.  This tour is led by an accomplished biologist who has been involved in describing and mapping wet prairies in south Walton County.

Moderate difficulty, walking about a mile, including over boggy ground that may have some standing water.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and hat.  Wear long pants and closed-toed sturdy shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) that can get wet and muddy.  A walking stick and camera are recommended.

Space is limited to 15 participants.  Minimum of 4.

Location: Meet at South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549.  Vehicle caravan to event location.

Fee: $15 + $2 forest entry fee at entrance of park

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 www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.