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Celebrate Earth Day at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center April 11

April 5, 2015 by SoWal Staff

Living in such a beautiful natural environment, we try to celebrate mother nature every day here in SoWal. Once a year we all celebrate together worldwide on Earth Day. Help us celebrate the world we live in at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center’s annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event, sponsored by Gulf Power and Gulf Coast Insulation, is a community festival geared towards appreciation, conservation, and promotion of positive environmental changes in our local community. 
The annual festival will feature live music by the Courtyard Saints, food trucks, hands-on environmental demos and exhibits, live animal ambassadors, arts and crafts, local organizations and vendors, a children’s garden, bounce house, games, sweet treats, face painting, and much more. 
Special programs throughout the day include: Amy Wright, owner of Honey Hutch, on the basics of beekeeping, Seaside Neighborhood School competitive robots, the Biophilia Birds of Prey program, Nonie's Ark of Animals, Abrakadoodle, Ocean Views with Marine Touch Tanks and Reno's Reptiles.
Local organizations and green conscious businesses from around the Panhandle will also join in on the celebration. The Walton County Master Gardeners will help with a children's garden and tomato plant sale, and guests will enjoy exhibits by Choctawahatchee Basin Alliance, Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, Waste Management with edible landfills, Florida Public Archeology Network, FWC wildlife trailer, Walton Outdoors, Greenthumb Calboys: Edible Landscaping, The Honey Hutch, and more!
Delicious grub by Longleaf Mobile Kitchen, Rollin Smoke BBQ, and Kona Ice will be available for purchase during the festival. 
Join the Biophilia Center for a family friendly day of environmental fun and entertainment aimed at educating the community about protecting and appreciating our precious Earth! Admission is $8 Adults, $5 Children, 2 and under Free. The first 100 families will receive a free book on gopher tortoises with admission!
E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is an environmental facility serving students, teachers and professional audiences nestled in the Longleaf Pine ecosystem, the 6th most bio-diverse area in the continental U.S. As such, it is the perfect place to educate students on the importance of biodiversity and to encourage conservation, preservation and restoration. The center is located at 4956 Sate Highway 20 East in Freeport. For more information, please call 850-835-1824 or visit www.eowilsoncenter.org.       



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