SWCC Back to Nature Festival
The beaches, forests, and waterways of Beaches of South Walton are the setting for the 8th annual South Walton Community Council Back to Nature Festival to be held October 16, 17 & 18.
“The South Walton Community Council (SWCC) hosts the festival to inspire people to join us in our mission to preserve and protect the extraordinary natural resources of our area,” said Chandra Hartman, program chair of this year’s event. “Our diversity extends far beyond the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico to include the Choctawhatchee River and Bay, several rare coastal dune lakes, a state forest full of trails, and four unique state parks.”
During the weekend, there will be a variety of programs offered, allowing participants to experience the many unique natural aspects of Beaches of South Walton.
- Kayak along the calm waters of a coastal dune lake and experience the wonder of this rare ecosystem found in only two other places in the world.
- Learn about mole crabs, beach mice, and other elements of beach ecology at Grayton Beach State Park—ranked as one of the best beaches in America.
- See how history and nature blend at Coffeen Nature Preserve--a beachfront facility in Destin where rockets were tested during World War II.
- Honor the sunrise with an early morning yoga/meditation session on the beach.
- Take a river tour and learn about the flora, fauna, and early residents who lived along the Choctawhatchee River.
- Learn the history of the town of Grayton Beach or Historic Point Washington on a walking tour led by a long-time resident who will share stories about the eccentricities and experiences of life at the beach in another era.
- View wildlife in its natural habitat without leaving your kayak, as you explore underwater environments of a dune lake from a clear bottomed boat.
- Take a hike through Point Washington forest with a naturalist to identify the wildflowers that bloom in the fall.
- Explore the world of the Florida Alligator at Topsail State Park.
- Try yolo boarding!
- Take a bird walk with Nonie of Nonie's Ark
- Join the Historic Pt Washington walking tour and walk about to historic sites, homes and local cemetaries.
- Walk along the shores of Deer Lake State Park, a rare gem of the Emerald Coast with its undisturbed dunes, swaying oats, and shore birds.
Each event is led by local experts who guide participants and help them understand the ecology and special features of local natural and historic areas. Check back for event details and schedule.