South Walton Shorebird Season Report

If you've been to one of South Walton's state parks this season, you  might have noticed extra activity along the shore in low-lying dune areas. We have some very special visitors to our shores and this story and photos by our friend Jeff Talbert, Park Services Specialist at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, is welcome information about our feathered friends.


World Paddle for the Planet at Lake Powell in Panama City Beach October 10-13

World Paddle For The Planet is an eco-educational fundraiser festival that will be held at Carillon Beach in Panama City Beach, Florida, October 10-13, 2013.  With satellite events around the world, the purpose is to educate and raise awareness, sending the message worldwide, to “Be the change you want to see!"  Funds raised by this event will benefit Expedition Florida 500, a project of Mother Ocean.

You Can Help Keep Our Local Waters Clean

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College is a local watershed organization committed to sustaining and providing optimum utilization of the Choctawhatchee Basin watershed.

We fulfill our commitment by working within four main program areas: monitoring, restoration, education, and research. This means we are constantly studying, learning, and sharing information about Choctawhatchee Bay, Choctawhatchee River, and Walton County’s coastal dune lakes.

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge's Waves for Wildlife Dolphin Cruise on May 4

Help us, help them by attending the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge's Waves for Wildlife Dolphin Cruise on May 4, 2013, from 2-4 p.m (boarding begins at 1:45 p.m.). You will enjoy a relaxing afternoon on a private 2-hour cruise around picturesque Destin Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico on the Southern Star Glass Bottom Boat, looking for Dolphins and other local wildlife.

Light hors d'ourves along with beer, wine and soda will be served while you enjoy live music by artist Derek Givans. Meet some of the refuge's live animal ambassadors.

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center Hosts Nature-Themed Summer Art Camps

Parents looking for a truly inspiring setting for their children to develop creativity, art skills and an appreciation for nature and the visual arts need look no further than the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center located at 4956 State Hwy. 20 East in Freeport, Florida. The Biophilia Center is hosting Abrakadoodle-Northwest Florida for an impressive array of affordable, nature-themed camp programs for children ages 5-12. Summer camps kick-off June 5, with weekly sessions each Wednesday through July 31 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

E.O Wilson Biophilia Center Celebrates Earth Day April 20

Get out and celebrate the Earth at the Biophilia Center for the Earth Day Festival. The event will feature bluegrass music with Franko and Fiends, food, environmental demos, animal ambassadors, arts and crafts, hikes, and so much more. The Earth Day Festival starts at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 3:00 p.m. Tickets are just $2 and children under six get in free.

Walton County Earth Day Festival & 5K Race at Topsail April 20

This year over one billion people in 192 countries will participate in various events all over the world to celebrate Earth Day. How and where will you join in and make a difference? Emerald Coast residents, here’s your chance and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is the place.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, the University of Florida IFAS Extension, Florida Sea Grant, and Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invite you to the 5th Annual Walton County Earth Day Festival & 5K Race on April 20, 2013.

It's a Spring Thing at Camp Helen State Park April 6

The Third Annual "It's a Spring Thing" event takes place April 6 from 10am-2pm at the beautiful location of Camp Helen State Park, and is presented by the Department of Environmental Protection, the park and Friends of Camp Helen State Park. The event is a fun, interactive experience that promotes a variety of activities and resources available in Walton County, Bay County and the surrounding areas.


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