SoWal People: Jeff Talbert of the Florida Park Service

Jeff Talbert loves the outdoors and he loves photography. Being a Resource Management Park Services Specialist for the state of Florida and stationed at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park gives him unique opportunities to combine his interests. Jeff often is in a great position to photograph South Walton wildlife in the park. We've enjoyed his photography for years and are happy to share a bit.

Citizens Unite to Combat Invasive Species in Our Community

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) in collaboration with UF/IFAS Extension & Florida Sea Grant will host a public workshop at Padgett Park (810 JD Miller Rd, SRB) on Monday, April 21 from 5:30 to 7pm. Attendees will learn how to identify invasive plants found in our community,  and how to use this knowledge to improve their neighborhoods.

Coastal Dune Lakes Documentary Continues at Escape To Create

 It was wonderful to come back to Walton County for an extended period of time earlier this year. First, with Escape To Create as an Artist in Residence at Seaside, and now returning on my own to capture more moving images for this documentary story. Each working visit affirms the importance to showcase the Coastal Dune Lakes of Walton County. 

Spring Reveals Our Spectacular South Walton Coastal Dune Lakes

It’s an exciting time of year in SoWal - when locals break out of hibernation, prepare for tourist season, and plan for stellar outdoor fun. Fortunately, our community is filled with stunning landscapes and enlightening cultural activities throughout the year to keep us engaged and entertained. Our coastal dune lakes, with their spectacular wildlife and brilliant sunsets, give us year-round canvases to observe, photograph and paint.

Discover Roads Less Traveled in South Walton This Spring

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Visit South Walton and Northwest Florida State College, presents a unique series of eco-adventures in South Walton County. Discover Roads Less Traveled offers varied opportunities to explore and discover the natural resources that make SoWal unique. We encourage you to get outside and enjoy!


Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Music & Adventures in March

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is a wonderful place to explore any day of the year, but the special events at the park are special indeed. Here's the inside info so you can make plans this Spring to attend some of the weekly music events and park ranger programs coming up in March at our Florida State Park located on the west end of Scenic 30A in South Walton.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee Jan 23

The Seaside Repertory Theater is featuring "Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee" on Thursday January 23 at 7:30 p.m.  The film documents four explorers who travel 1,000 miles from the Everglades to Okefenokee Swamp in 100 days. Tickets: $10 donation suggested. To find out more email .

South Walton Artificial Reef Association Hoping to Hit the Water in 2014

As a local diver and environmentalist, Andy McAlexander was more than a little concerned following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. He observed the aftermath of the BP Oil Spill as Walton County business owners struggled to stay afloat. His thoughts turned to better days and solutions to help get the local economy back on track. What could be done to enhance the county’s natural resources?




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