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Fall Eco Adventures in Walton County

August 23, 2015 by SoWal Staff

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the fall session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

“CBA’s eco-tours are intended to bring participants to local, off the beaten path environmental wonders,” states CBA’s eco-tour coordinator, Brandy Foley. “We hope that these tours will entice individuals to experience our local environment from a different perspective.” 

Fit for all levels of experience! Discover the rich history of the pristine Coffeen Nature Preserve, learn about the rare coastal dune lakes of Walton County on a kayak tour, learn fishing skills in the surf at Grayton Beach State Park, or hike through the wet prairies at Point Washington State Forest. One of our newest additions is the Nonie’s Ark Animal EVEntures – an evening hiking tour geared towards educating kids on local fauna, but enjoyed by adults as well!
Historical Tour of Coffeen Nature Preserve
Guide: Susan Paladini
Sep 9, 30 | Oct 14, 28 | Nov 11, 25 | 9:30am - 11:30am
Santa Rosa Beach
Driving Tour of Choctawhatchee River and Morrison Springs
Eco-Tour Guide Lori Ceier  
Sep 25 | Oct 23 | 8:30am - 11:00am
Meet at South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College (NFSC) for van transportation to North Walton County
Getting to Know the Natives Garden & Trail Tour
Guide: Friends of the Garden
Sep 16, 30 | Oct 14, 28 | Nov 11, 25 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
South Walton Center of NFSC
Surf Fishing Basics
Guide: Park Ranger Patrick Hartsfield
Oct 21 | 10:00am - 11:30am
Grayton Beach State Park
Wet Prairies of Grayton Beach State Park 
Oct 7 | 9:00am - 10:30am
Guide: Park Ranger Patrick Hartsfield 
Grayton Beach State Park 
Wet Prairies and Rare Plants of Point Washington State Forest
Guide: Biologist Tom Greene
Sep 14 | 9:00am - 1:00pm
Meet at South Walton Center of NFSC for vehicle caravan
Western Lake Paddle [bring your own kayak]
Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 | Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 9:00am - 11:30am
Expert Eco-Tour Guide Dave Posey
Meet at South Walton Center NFSC for caravan to Grayton Beach State Park 
Western Lake Paddle [kayaks provided]
Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 | Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 
Time: 9:00am - 11:30am 
Eco-Tour Guide Dave Posey 
Meet at South Walton Center NFSC for caravan to Grayton Beach State Park 
Nonie's Ark Animal EVEntures
Aug 28 Sep 25 Oct 23 Nov 27 | time & location vary per date
Eco Adventures at night by Nonie Maines out of various locations throughout Walton County such as Eden Gardens, Topsail Hill Preserve, Point Washington State Forest, Coffeen Nature Preserve.  


For more information about the 2015 fall eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit www.basinalliance.org and click the “Eco-Tours” tab. Registration is available by web, phone 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College- 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Prices vary starting at $15.

All CBA Fall Eco-Adventures are found on SoWal.com Events Calendar with full details.

CBA is an entirely grant and donor-funded, 501(c)3 non-profit watershed organization whose efforts are focused on raising awareness to increase the health and sustainability of local waterways, through monitoring, research, restoration and education. For more information about CBA, please visit www.basinalliance.org.


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