Take a swomp tromp and learn about our wetlands at the Back To Nature Festival Oct. 17-19, 2013

October 13, 2013

FWC biologist Charlene Hopkins shows a mole salamander. One of the many creatures you might see during Back To Nature’s Swomp Tromp. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

The South Walton Community Council is hosting their 12th Annual Back To Nature Festival October 17-20, 2013. The Back to Nature Festival offers the opportunity for visitors and locals alike to discover the wonders of our unique coastal environment.

The weekend of events include an art show, opening night party, silent auction and a variety of outdoor adventures. To view the entire lineup and register for events, go to: www.southwaltoncc.org.

There are several outdoor adventures on tap for the festival. One of the featured outdoor adventures on Oct. 19 is the Swamp Tromp in the Point Washington State Forest. Join Forester Daniel Taylor and wildlife biologist Charlene Hopkins on an exploration of a local swamp and wetlands. Ms. Hopkins is working on the Ephemeral Pond Sampling Project in the Point Washington State Forest. The walk will introduce you to the local wetlands, the basic botany and zoology, and how their interactions are valuable to mankind.

This adventure will meet at the State Forestry Office on highway 98, in between the intersections for county road 395 and Camp Creek Road, on Saturday at 9 AM. The group will be limited to 20 participants. Click here to register.

To learn more about Charlene Hopkins’ efforts in our forest, click here.