Education

Swim Safely Under South Walton Beach Flags

A trip to the beach should be fun and care free. But leaving common sense at home can be deadly. Millions of visitors trip to SoWal every year to enjoy our beautiful beaches, and we take beach safety seriously.

One of the first things to know about Walton County beaches is the excellent beach flag system we have. There is a flag pole in sight from nearly every foot of beach in SoWal.

Text "flag" to 31279 for regular surf condition alerts.

Gulf World Marine Institute Receives Disney Conservation Grant

Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI) has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund after working in conjunction with New England Aquarium to care for 50 cold stunned sea turtles. The grant will help offset the costs of the rehabilitation process for the New England cold stunned sea turtles that have since been medically cleared and released into the Gulf of Mexico.

EO Wilson Biophilia Center Announces Summer Fun and Camps

Of course we all love the beach but we also love the REAL FLorida with swamps and creeks, backwoods, native plants and wildlife. We also love learning all about it and our favorite place is just up the road in Freeport. The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center recently announced summer hours and camps for kids this Summer. Here is the latest Biophilia news.
 

Celebrating the 14th Annual Seaside Half Marathon & 5K Feb 26-28

The Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Race, presented by Vera Bradley, is coming up on Sunday, Feb. 28, along with some incredible parties and expos leading up to race day. This is one of the most anticipated weekends of the year in South Walton, Florida. For the 14th year we celebrate this out-and-back, fast and mostly flat course where runners from all over the US pass quaint beach towns, dune lakes, and the world's most beautiful beaches. All proceeds benefit the Seaside School Foundation.

WIN Entry to Apple Classic 5K and 10K at Hammock Bay Feb 20

Run, Walk, Educate with Walton Education Foundation at the 5th Annual Apple Classic 5K and 10K Run on Saturday, February 20, 2016 hosted in the Freeport community of Hammock Bay where students, educators, families, and more will run and walk for Walton County education.
 

SoWal.com is giving away 4 adult entries to the race! Please respond with a comment on this story if you would like to be entered for a chance to WIN. Winners will be contacted Friday, Feb. 12.

Meet Biophilia Bobcats at Members Only Event Jan 23

Satisfy the urge to connect with nature, and meet some seriously cute-yet-fierce bobcats, at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, January 23 from 10 am- 3 pm. Members will get exclusive access at the free event, and a full day of activities is slated to keep them busy all day long. 
 
Activities Include:
Meet & Greet the new bobcats
World of Wonder Exhibit
Guided Hikes
Birds of Prey Program with Hawk Flight

SoWal's Coastal Branch Library Brimming With Events & Activities

Got the winter blahs? Weather not cooperating with your outdoor activity schedule? No worries…any weather is good weather at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library.

Conveniently located just off Hwy 331 next to South Walton High School, the library has a lot to offer both residents and visitors (snowbirds LOVE the library and all its offerings).

 

 

Capes & Crowns Fun Run and 5K Makes Magic at Baytowne Jan 30

Batman or Superman? Cinderella or Belle? Flash Gordon or Princess Fiona... the possibilities are endless! Whichever superhero or princess you choose to be, it's sure to be a magical day for the fam at the Capes & Crowns Fun Run and 5K at Baytowne on Saturday, January 30. It's a magical day for the whole family starting with the race at 9:00 a.m. and ending with a party in the Village.
 

Toby Israel Presents Home Design Psychology Workshop in Seaside Feb 16-18

The Seaside Institute, a center for learning and discovery, presents several workshops at the Seaside Academic Village January through April, 2016. Locals and visitors are invited to participate in workshops instructed by masters in their respective fields such as writing, art, design and health. Registration is open now at the Seaside Institute with limited space for each workshop as well as accommodation/lodging at the Village.      

Watercolor Workshop with Tom Lynch at Bayou Arts Center Feb 23-26

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County announces that Tom Lynch, one of the nation’s premier watercolorists, will lead a four-day watercolor workshop, February 23 – 26, 2016, at the Bayou Arts Center in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
 
Lynch has written seven books, hosted an award-winning PBS TV Art Series and was recently listed as one of the  nation’s top 20 teachers by American Artist Magazine. He is currently featured on the new cable TV channel Visual Arts Network (VAN) and on the leading internet art education site ArtAcademyLive.com.
 

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