Celebrate Choctawhatchee Bay at Estuary Family Festival April 25

April 8, 2015 by SoWal Staff

The 8th Annual Mattie Kelly Estuary Family Festival is slated for April 25 from 11 am - 4 pm at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. The family-oriented festival features exhibits and activities that celebrate Choctawhatchee Bay. Festival admission is free and the open to the public.
Activities and exhibits will include wildlife displays and shows, kayaking and paddle boarding tours, guided trail hikes by local experts, touch-tanks with Choctawhatchee Bay aquatic species, fish-print shirts, kid friendly crafts, scavenger hunts and more!
“CBA is honored to cohost the 8th Annual Estuary Festival with the Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute and Fred Gannon State Park. We look forward to seeing the community come out to Fred Gannon and enjoy learning about the unique Choctawhatchee Bay estuary!” Said Sarah Davis, Public Outreach Coordinator for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.
The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is a non-profit watershed organization whose efforts are focused on raising awareness to increase the health and sustainability of local waterways, through the monitoring, research, restoration and education of the Choctawhatchee watershed.        

For over 19 years, CBA has promoted water stewardship within the Choctawhatchee Watershed, growing the network of supporters who have joined in the mission to provide a future for these natural resources. Find more info and register for upcoming eco-tours at

For more information about the 8th Annual Mattie Kelly Estuary Family Festival please contact Sarah Davis at (850) 585-7926 or

Rocky Bayou State Park preserves beautiful old-growth longleaf pine trees, several over 300 years old, that once dominated this area of Florida. Rocky Bayou, the main feature of the park, is the trailing arm of Choctawhatchee Bay and is popular for boating and fishing. Other opportunities for fun include hiking, bicycling, picnicking, wildlife viewing, fishing, canoeing and camping. 


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