Dave Rauschkolb Going Green on Scenic 30A and Beyond

Long-time SoWal resident and entrepreneur Dave Rauschkolb became an “activist against oil” in 2009 when he heard the Florida legislature was considering allowing oil drilling off the Florida Emerald Coast. Rauschkolb was so alarmed at this possibility that he created an opposition force that now reaches across the world. Rauschkolb also has changed the way he lives his daily life to reflect his beliefs.


Walton County Earth Day Festival and 5K Race April 16-21, 2012

This year over 1 billion people in 192 countries will participate in 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.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s 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 4th Annual Walton County Earth Day Festival & 5K Race on April 21, 2012.

Updates From The 1,000-Mile Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

The intrepid team is on their way through the heart of Florida wilderness from the Everglades to Georgia. They started in Flamingo bay and are journeying north through natural lands as part of a vision to protect an ecological corridor for people, ecosystems, and watersheds. This story will be continually updated with new stunning photos, video, and maps from the trek across Florida -

Panhandle Habitat Classes Offer Unique Opportunities

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve has announced the Spring-Summer Panhandle Habitat Classes. 

Sandhills and Ravines Tues, April 3, 2012, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time at the Bear Creek Forest Education Center on Hwy 267 in Gadsden County.

Pine Flatwoods and Savannas Tues, May 15, 2012 (rain date May 16), 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time at the NEW Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Center in Eastpoint.

Visit Fantastic Eden Gardens for the Annual Camellia Festival Feb. 25

Everyone should visit Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington at least once in their life. And it's never better than it is in the spring with butterflies, birds, kids, and flowers blooming.

The Friends of Eden Gardens State Park pay tribute to the blooming Camellia Saturday, Feb.25th from 10am to 2 pm at the park, north of US 98 off Scenic Hwy 395.

YOLO Board Joins a Thousand-Mile Journey Through the Heart of Florida

The Florida Wildlife Corridor has the noble aim to protect and restore connected landscapes throughout the Florida Peninsula to create a viable corridor from the Everglades to Georgia. Partner YOLO Board has joined in to support the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, a campaign to raise awareness and generate support to connect remaining natural lands, waters, working farms and ranches from the Everglades to Georgia, protecting a functional ecological corridor for the health of people, wildlife and watersheds.

Birds of Prey on Display at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

Just like the birds Lisa Miller rehabilitates, she too was given a second chance at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center.

Miller is the head of the Center’s Birds of Prey Program. It is a job she has held for seven months and came to hold quite by accident.

“I started my life at age 50,” Miller told audience members at her Jan. 19 presentation at E.O. Wilson.

Biophila Center Now Home To A Pair of Bald Eagles

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in SoWal is an amazing place, named after one of America's premier biologists. You may have heard it is one of the must-see attractions in SoWal for locals and visitors. Well, now you have an even better reason to go and something that will no doubt be a magnet for the wildlife and education facility.

For the past several months, there has been a flurry of exciting activity at the Center.  Some of you may have noticed the construction activity centered between the grass mounds and the classroom buildings. 

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center To Welcome All

Through an agreement with the Walton County TDC, the environmental facility on the Nokuse Plantation near Freeport will be open to the public Fridays through Sundays from June 1 to Aug. 31, and on Saturdays from Sept. 1 to May 31.

The agreement may be extended after that. For more information visit

Visitors to the center have been limited mostly to school groups.


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