Beaches to Woodlands is back!

As the season changes, Navarre Beach prepares for Beaches to Woodlands 2019, an annual celebration of the natural beauty and fun activities that make this place paradise.

This is the 16th year of the event, and it has just been growing with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, ghost tours, 5Ks and fun festivals (with yummy food). There is something for everyone to do during this fall festival.

Here’s a list of highlights from the festivities!

 

 

 

  • 19th Annual Navarre Car, Truck and Bike Show and Craft Fair Oct. 12, From cool classics to sleek new models, this car show is perfect for the family motorhead. All for a good cause.

 

  • Boo at The Zoo Trick or Treat Trail 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, Children will be able to trick or treat through the Gulf Breeze Zoo and learn about the animals that call it home including giraffe, orangutans, rhinos, tiger, otters and so much more.

 

 

 

 

 

For more info on individual events check out getrelaxing.com/stories/beaches-woodlands-tour-2019-fall/, and book your stay today at NavarreListings.com.

September fun on Navarre Beach

Summer is fading, but the fun’s far from out of season on Navarre Beach. Here are a few fun events going on this month. The highlight will definitely be Juana’s Good Time Regatta. It’s a can’t miss!

 

29th Annual Juana Good Time Regatta

Sept. 6, 7 and 8

Designed for both experienced and novice racers. Open to all sizes of multi-hull sailboats, from beach cats and trimarans to cruisers. Race all weekend with great food and live music at Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach, 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway. For event information, registration and schedule visit www.juanaspagodas.com/RegattaNews.htm or call 850-939-1092.

 

Sand Dollar Saturday and Local Marketplace

Sept. 7, 9 a.m.

Join the merchants of Sand Dollar Plaza on the first Saturday of each month for a community and customer appreciation event. Grab a bite to eat at Alphy’s, check out the gift shops and visit the vendors at the local marketplace. For more information, call 850-368-9500 or visit www.facebook.com/SandDollarSaturdays.

 

Bands on the Blackwater

Sept. 13, 20 and 27, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor concert series held Friday nights during the fall in downtown Milton at Jernigan’s Landing on Blackwater River. Pull up a boat or bring a lawn chair and relax while listening to great music. For more information, call 850-564-1647 or www.facebook.com/BandsOnTheBlackwater/.

  • Sept. 13 – Sheandtheits
  • Sept. 20 – Casey Kearney
  • Sept. 27 – Ricky Crook

 

Shell Flower Making Class at Artistry 98

Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Artistry 98, 1993 Highway 87 in Navarre, will offer a free shell flower making class – participants must bring shells. Class is limited to 10, to reserve a seat call 850-543-1338 or visit www.artistry98.com.

 

Shark School at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Sept. 12 and 26, 9 – 10 a.m.

Shark School students will learn about our local gulf coast sharks, shark biology and shark conservation. Students will also enjoy arts and crafts, a shark tooth treasure hunt and early entry into the center. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is located at 8740 Gulf Boulevard in Navarre. For availability and pricing, call 850-684-3347 or visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.

 

Painting Events at Pik-Itz hosted by Art Uncorked Navarre

Art Uncorked – Navarre is designed to help uncork creative spirit, uncork fun with friends and uncork a bottle of a favorite beverage at group painting classes. Each class has different artwork. Pik-Itz, 1922 Highway 87 in Navarre. For more information, call 850-843-437-4246 or visit www.artuncorked-navarre.com.

  • Sept. 7, 6 – 8:30 p.m. – Turtle
  • Sept. 13, 6:30 – 9 p.m. – Plumeria
  • Sept. 29, 2 – 3:30 p.m. – Family Painting – Pouring

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze

Sept. 21 – Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday

Enjoy a hayride around the farm and to the pumpkin patch to pick a perfect pumpkin. New this year is the Holland Farms Mining Company and tennis ball cannons. Activities include: corn box, horse and regular swings, spider web, pirate ship, zip lines, pedal tractors on racetrack, hill slides, rat racers, sand box, and an eight-acre corn maze with kiddie maze. Every visitor receives a free cup of homegrown boiled peanuts. Relax on the market porch at the farm. Holland Farms is located at 2055 Homer Holland Road in Milton. For more information, call 850-675-6876 or visit www.HollandFarmsOnline.com.

 

Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Sept. 28, 8 – 10 a.m.

Meet up to clean up! Volunteers for a beach cleanup will meet in the main Navarre Beach Parking lot near the Sand Crab pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided or volunteers can bring supplies. For more information, call 850-684-3347 or visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.

 

And there is more fun in store! Check it out at NavarreListings.com!

Navarre Beach gets recycling ‘toy chest’

I’ll admit while our white powdery sands on Navarre Beach are a joy to play in, getting toys down to the beach can be a pain.

Especially if you are trying to fly. First you have to go to the trouble of actually finding them in stores, then get them packed along with all the other items you will need for relaxing.

And when you finally get ready to go down to the shore, the kids have inexplicably managed to lose them. Seriously, how?

Rather than purchase the shovels, buckets, frisbees and more, why not borrow them?

The Navarre Beach Lifeguards has launched the beach toy recycling box program this month, and it is already a huge success.

Beach Safety Director Austin Turnbull got the idea for the beachside boxes after seeing a similar program on a beach in Texas.

“There are not a lot of trash cans around. There are also a lot of leftover beach toys that are just getting thrown in the trash. They are still good and made of plastic,” Turnbull said. “I thought it would be good for the environment and just a good nature thing that needed to be done on our beach.”

Whether you are a visitor or just one of the neighbors, you can pull items from the bins to play in the sun on the beach. Use whatever items you would like. Then, you just put your beach toys back in the box at the end of the day, no worries over lugging them back to your condo.

“You pretty much have a toy chest of beach toys here at the beach available to them,” Turnbull said.

The boxes are constructed out of recycled PVC board, which stands up to the wear and tear of the beach climate. The local lifeguards and firefighters constructed and initially stocked the boxes. They bear the logos of the Navarre Beach Lifeguard program, Navarre Beach Fire Rescue and Santa Rosa County, which helped fund the project.

The boxes have been pre-stocked with noodles, shovels, buckets, frisbees and sandcastle-making items. The boxes are self-sustaining with discarded and donated toys collected off the beach.

The first box was placed at the foot of the walkover closest to the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier alongside the wheelchair mobi mat. A total of six bins are being placed along the length of the beach near the edge of the dune line close to designated walkovers.

The boxes complement a similar program created at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center where visitors can borrow beach toys from the center’s Borrow Bin of plastic toys collected during beach cleanups.

These new boxes will be located directly on the beach, providing easier access.

I love this concept not only because it eliminates a lot of the hassle but because it serves an important conservation goal, keeping our beaches beautiful for future generations to enjoy.

The boxes help keep items from impacting wildlife overnight, and it conforms with the beach’s Leave No Trace Ordinance, which prohibits any items being left on the beach after sundown.

Plastic toys can pose a hazard to sea turtle hatchlings attempting to make their way to the water by creating obstacles the tiny turtles must navigate around.

Plastics washed out into the Gulf of Mexico are also hazardous to wildlife. Because plastics last indefinitely in the water, they typically get broken down into smaller pieces referred to as microplastics.

These microplastics can become the size of sesame seeds or even smaller. Fish and other sea life then consume these plastics, unaware they are not food. This can cause marine life to accidentally starve themselves.

By reusing these toys, we can reduce the impacts of plastic on our beach while still getting to have our fun day in the sun! Come check the boxes out at NavarreListings.com.

Second annual Wing Off coming to Navarre Park

You, dear reader, have a very important decision to make this Saturday.

The nonprofit Starfish Project of Navarre has called foodies of all ages to vote to determine which is the best chicken wing in Navarre as part of the second annual Wing Off in Navarre Park.

For $15, patrons will gain entry to the festivities where 17 teams of chefs will be serving up their best chicken wing recipe in the hopes of gaining favor and one of the three coveted voting tokens given to each visitor.

But it’s not just tasty wings being served up! In addition to the tasty offerings, the event will feature a variety of vendors and live music.

There will also be a Kids’ Zone put together by volunteer students from Navarre High School and the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. The area will include bounce houses, activities, Tommy Snowball’s snow cones and more right along the water of Santa Rosa Sound near the playgrounds.

Children under the age of five will have free entry to the event.

As for the wings, visitors who purchase an arm band will be able to sample free of charge. Then they use their tokens to select their favorite.

While there will be official blind judging by a panel for prizes, everyone knows the real trophy is for people’s choice award decided by the tokens. These trophies literally look like chicken wings.

Vote tokens must be submitted by 5:15 p.m., and the winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m.

Starfish Project president Brandi Hook said the friendly competition is all for a good cause and the nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds will go to support the nonprofit’s mission of assisting children with special needs.

“It really is just a family fun event for all,” Hook said.

The proceeds will help with purchase of new all-inclusive play equipment for Navarre Park to ensure children of all abilities can play. This equipment will be installed as part of a major remodel coming to Navarre Park and the visitor information center.

The funds will also support Starfish Project’s work to offer needed services to those with disabilities. This includes funding medical equipment as well as speech, physical, occupational and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy.

Want to go?

What: 2nd Annual Wing Off

When: Saturday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Navarre Park,

Who: Benefiting Starfish Project, nonprofit for special-needs children

How much: $15 at event

If you’re in town this weekend and want some tasty fun in the sun, come on out! Book today at NavarreListings.com

Get some Wild Shots at our 50-acre zoo!

It’s Wild Shots time and that means photo fun for all ages and skill levels at one of the best zoos on the Gulf Coast!

Located just west of Navarre Beach, the Gulf Breeze Zoo hosts an annual Wild Shots photo competition, and photographers of all skill levels are invited to take photos of the zoos furry, scaly and feathered residents.

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is the award-winning home of more than 800 exotic animals meaning no shortage of Instagram-worthy finds. Here are five of the best places to get a winning shot!

  1. Feeding the giraffes

Up close encounters with giraffes are one of the things Gulf Breeze Zoo is best known for. Our family of giraffe love coming up to meet visitors. During feedings, visitors can offer up treats for these towering creatures, and get the chance to pet them. Still one of my favorite things to do here.

  1. Safari train ride

This train ride offers an excellent photo opportunity with the amazing animals that call Africa home including zebras, gorilla, rhinos, hippos and more. The more natural setting here means the animals are ready for their close-up.

  1. Elusive leopards

While the zoo’s collection of big cats includes lions and tigers, the most prized predator photos is the one that is hardest to get. Clouded leopards, while beautiful, are also hard to see due to their more nocturnal nature. For the best chance to snap a pic, try visiting these guys when they are most active in the late afternoon.

  1. Cheeky otters

Quite possibly the most amusing residents of the zoo, the otters are always ready to strike a pose. They’re goofy and curious of zoo visitors, making for fun photo subjects.

  1. The Budgiery

Prepare to be immersed in the fun when you enter the Budgiery, home to a colorful assortment of budgies. These feathery friends are most fun to photograph with one of the treat sticks on hand. The birds will land on you, on your camera and just about anywhere, making for a variety of cute shots.

There are few basic rules for the contest. Visitors have to obey zoo policies while taking their photos, images must be taken at the zoo and only five photos can be submitted.Categories include youth for ages 2-12 years old, adult and cellphone photos.

Grand Prize winners of the 2018 Wild Shots Photo Contest will be announced on the zoo’s website and through social media.

Each Photo Category (Adult, Youth & Cellphone) will win the following prizes:

1st Place: Zoo Unlimited! Includes 4 Annual Memberships for unlimited visits to the Gulf Breeze Zoo for a full year ($185 value)

2nd Place: Grand Day Out: Includes 4 Day Passes, 4 cups of food (for the critters), 4 budgie sticks, and 4 giraffe feeding experiences ($125 value)

3rd Place: Choose Your Adventure: Includes $75 gift certificate for your choice zoo tickets, animal feed, merchandise…it’s your choice! ($75 value)

Staff Pick: Zookeeper Gift Pack: Includes an official Gulf Breeze Zoo T-shirt, zoo animal plush and souvenir cup ($40 value)

Even if you don’t win, a day at the zoo just exploring with the family is always a win.

The Zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 98. Visit www.GBZoo.com for event updates, seasonal hours, and more. The Wild Shots contest runs from now to August 31, so book your vacation ASAP at navarrelistings.com.

Peak at the reefs with kayak tours

Want to experience all the wonderful wildlife Navarre Beach’s reefs have to offer but not a big fan of snorkeling or scuba?

Then the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s Clear Bottom Kayak Reef Tours are right up your alley!

These two person vessels are exactly what they sound like. The bottoms are made of a watertight and transparent material, allowing paddlers to peak right through the surf and into the world below.

The 45-minute tour aims to familiarize locals and tourist alike with the creatures that call the reef home. The paddle is not too strenuous, and the reefs are within sightline of the shore and on duty lifeguards.

Sanctuary foundation leader Mike Sandler acts as one of the reef guides on these tours.

“It’s very similar to having a face mask on and looking through the water,” he said. “As opposed to looking over the side, the clear bottom lets you actually see things on the bottom that you might not normally be able to see.”

Tours are able to spot sea turtles, sting rays, a variety of fish and much more. Dolphins and even sharks frequently come in to see what’s happening on the reef.

August is the last month for these tours with tours scheduled for Aug. 10 and 24.

The tour has groups of 12 loading into kayaks at the new kayak walkover at Sea Oat Pavilion. It cost $25 a person. The tour also includes free admission to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center.

The tour groups depart at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. The kayaks and paddles are provided.

The minimum requirements are:

  •  Ability to swim and expectation to get wet
  •  Life jackets which are provided
  • Ability to paddle the kayak for 45 minutes
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and sign waiver
  • Remain in kayak, snorkeling and diving after the tour

According to the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s website, refunds will be given for inclement weather, and it is recommended that groups arrive 20 minutes prior to their tour time.

Time is running out to join in on the fund! Even without the tours, get out and enjoy the reef any time the weather and water conditions are safe by kayak, snorkel or even scuba diving.

Book your vacation today at NavarreListings.com and book your tour spot on EventBrite.com.

August events on beautiful Navarre Beach

Here are some ideas for vacation fun this month on Navarre Beach from our awesome Tourist Development Office.

Sand Dollar Saturday and Local Market Place

Aug. 3, 9 a.m.

Join the merchants of Sand Dollar Plaza the first Saturday of each month for a community and customer appreciation event. Grab a bite to eat at Alphy’s, check out the gift shops and visit the local vendors at the Local Marketplace. For more information, call (850) 368-9500 or visit www.facebook.com/SandDollarSaturdays.

 

Shell Flower Making Class at Artistry 98

August 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Artistry 98, 1993 Hwy 87 Navarre, will offer a free shell flower making class. The class is limited to 10, reserve a seat at https://www.artistry98.com/classes or call (850) 543-1338.

 

Tunes by the Dunes

August 1, 8 and 15, 7 – 9 p.m.

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will begin their annual free summer concert series at the Sand Crab Pavilion in the Navarre Beach pier parking lot, just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, 8220 Gulf Blvd. on Navarre Beach. Bring a lawn chair, come hungry and relax on the beach while listening to music and local cuisine. Fore more information, call (850) 939-32667 or visit www.navarrechamber.com.

  • August 5 – Overdrive Band
  • August 8 – Sheandtheits Band
  • August 15 – Freeway 98

 

Florida’s Flora – Nature Tour of Arcadia Mill

August 10, 10:30 a.m.

Learn how native plants were used in the past on this 45-minute tour along the boardwalk and nature trails. Bring trail appropriate attire, bug spray and sunscreen. Purchase tickets onsite at Arcadia Mill Visitor Center, 5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton. For more information, call 850-626-3084 or visit www.historicpensacola.org/explore-arcadia-mill.

 

Clear Bottom Kayak Tours

August 10 and 24, 9 – 11 a.m.

Explore and discover the Navarre Beach with a 45-minute clear bottom kayak tour of the gulf side artificial reef. Meet at the Sea Oat Pavilion in the Navarre Beach Marine Park, 8739 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre. For more information, call 850-939-3267 or visit www.facebook.com/navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.

 

Shark School at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

August 3, 17 and 31 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Shark School students will learn about local gulf coast sharks, shark biology, and shark conservation. Students will also enjoy arts and crafts, a shark tooth treasure hunt and early entry into the center. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is located at 8740 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre. For availability and pricing, call 850-684-3347 or visit www.tiny.cc/sharkschool.

 

Painting Events at Pik-Itz hosted by Art Uncorked Navarre

Art Uncorked – Navarre is designed to help you uncork your creative spirit, fun with friends, and a bottle of your favorite beverage at group painting classes at Pik-Itz, 1922 Highway 87 in Navarre. Each class features different artwork. For more information, call 850-843-437-4246 or visit www.artuncorked-navarre.com.

  • August 17, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dolphin Wave
  • August 24, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Turtle

 

Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

August 31, 8 – 10 a.m.

Meet up to clean up! Volunteers for a beach cleanup will meet in the main Navarre Beach Parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided or bring your own. For more information, call (850) 684-3347 or visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.

 

Events listed are highlights of activities in Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office is not responsible for any date or time changes or cancellations.

 

Book your stay today at www.navarrelistings.com

Tips for shorebird photography

Shorebird nesting season is in full swing on Navarre Beach! Rare species such as black skimmers, snowy plovers and least terns lay their eggs in our powdery white sands each year, and this time of year the chicks have almost all hatched.

Cute little fluffs of feathers are running around the marked nesting areas, making for a lot of bird watching fun.

This time of year, birdwatchers and photographers flock to colony nesting sites along Navarre Beach.

 

Here are a few simple tips for shorebird photography:

  1. Always remain outside posted areas. These birds are protected, and the posted areas help to keep them safe. Those nests and chicks can camouflage pretty well in the sand, putting them in danger of being trampled. Consider a zoom lens for detailed shots. I find that my 135 MM (pretty standard camera lens) does just fine.

 

  1. Do not get close enough to cause the bird to leave its nest, and never “push” birds around the beach by scaring them in the direction you want them to go. When the birds all take to the air, it is called “flushing.” This can be dangerous for the birds, especially with predators and passing cars.

Instead, be patient. The birds, especially the black skimmers, are really great at posing.

 

  1. Keep an eye out for predators such as raccoons, cats or crows. The scent of humans can attract these predators. If you see predators, move away for now. You’ll always have another chance to get the perfect shot, but these birds only have one chance to successfully raise their chicks.

 

  1. Try to keep photo sessions to 10 minutes at a time to avoid undue stress on the birds. I find that a quick photo shoot in the early morning hours before traffic can yield some great pics!

 

  1. To avoid unintended disturbances, do not publish the specific location of a nest when sharing photos online. But definitely tag #NavarreBeach and #Florida’sMostRelaxingPlace in any posts online!

 

  1. If you see bands on a bird’s leg, take the opportunity to be a citizen scientist and report it! These bands are tools to help researchers keep track of these birds and learn more about their habits. Report codes and colors to BandedBirds.org to help in the conservation of our feathered friends!

Ghost crab hunting no fun for sea turtles

On evenings this summer, Navarre Beach has looked something like Christmas Eve, all twinkling lights as people were out with bright flashlights looking for ghost crabs.

The crabs respond to the beam of light aimed at them, they pop out of their hole and the chase is on. Little ones and their parents are running and shrieking trying to catch a ghost crab. They scoop the tiny white crustacean up in their net, toss it into a bucket…only to let the poor thing go at the end of the night. On to the next hole to do it all over again.

This may sound like a fun time for all at the beach, but there is peril in this practice. This fun game with bright flashlights deters our sea turtles from nesting on Navarre Beach.

These endangered species have been struggling to find safe nesting habitats. Our nesting numbers are certainly not where they should be and have been declining, and this is one of the reasons why.

Visitors who don’t know any better are putting these endangered species in jeopardy with their bright flashlights. When I walk the beach some evenings, I will stop a few visitors to chat about the risks. Nine times out of ten they had no idea.

Sea turtles find their way by light. They navigate by the light of the moon, therefore when other lights are present, they become directionally confused. This season, we have had more than a few false crawls by sea turtles looking for a place to nest. There were three in one night. They crawl up on the beach and make a U-turn back to the water. The lights on the shore tell them it is not the right place to nest. They go look for another place.

As a visitor to our beach, you can do your part to protect sea turtles. Strolling the beach at night can be relaxing, and the views are breathtaking. Try not to use a flashlight or headlamp. Instead depend on the moon. It provides ample light to trace our beaches, and moonlights much more soothing.

If you need a light, use a red filter. The shorter wavelength of red light has minimal impacts on turtles’ sense of direction. There are phone apps that will make your light red, or you can purchase amber bulbs from our local Ace Hardware store for other lights. Ask the sales associate about turtle friendly bulbs.

And maybe if you are lucky you will get the treat of seeing one of our nesting sea turtles in action. If you do, keep your distance and stay quiet to let her do her thing. It is a rare but very, very cool experience.

Come be a part of our nesting season this year on beautiful Navarre Beach, just leave the flashlights at home, navarrelistings.com.

July events for Navarre Beach

Navarre Beach’s tourism office has some great suggestions for fun in the sun this month!

 

Sand Dollar Saturday and Local Marketplace

July 6, 9 a.m.

Join the merchants of Sand Dollar Plaza on the first Saturday of each month, for a community and customer appreciation event. Grab a bite to eat at Alphy’s, check out the gift shops, and visit the vendors at the Local Marketplace. For more information, call 850-368-9500 or visit www.facebook.com/SandDollarSaturdays.

 

Shell Flower Making Class at Artistry 98

July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Artistry 98, 1993 Hwy. 87 in Navarre, will offer a free shell flower making class. Class is limited to 10, reserve a seat at www.artistry98.com/classes.

 

Tunes by the Dunes

July 4, 11, 18, and 25 ,7 – 9 p.m.

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will begin their annual free summer concert series at the Sand Crab Pavilion in the Navarre Beach Pier parking lot, just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, 8220 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre. Bring a lawn chair. Food will also be available for purchase. Call 850-939-32667 or visit www.navarrechamber.com  for more information.

  • July 4 – Robert Wayne
  • July 11 – Glenn Parker
  • July 18 – Remedy Band
  • July 25 – Chloe Channell

 

Archaeology in the A/C

July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2 p.m.

Study rare artifacts in the classroom and learn more about their history at the Arcadia Mill, 5709 Mill Pond Lane in Milton. New artifacts will be showcased every Tuesday in July during this free program for all ages. For more information call 850-939-32667 or visit www.historicpensacola.org/explore-arcadia-mill.

 

Florida’s Flora – Nature Tour of Arcadia Mill

July 13, 10:30 a.m.

Guests of all ages will learn how native plants were historically used. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes along the boardwalk and nature trails. Bring appropriate trail attire, bug spray and sunscreen. Purchase tickets at the Arcadia Mill Visitor Center at 5709 Mill Pond Lane in Milton. For more information, call 850-826-3084 or visit

www.historicpensacola.org/explore-arcadia-mill.

 

Enrichment Day at the Gulf Breeze Zoo

July 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Observe animals in their habitats at the Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy in Gulf Breeze, with a variety of activities designed to encourage natural behaviors that animals would experience in the wild. For more information, call 850-932-2229 or visit www.gbzoo.com.

 

Clear Bottom Kayak Tours

July 13 and 27, 9 – 11 a.m.

Explore the Navarre Beach with a 45-minute clear bottom kayak tour of the Gulf side artificial reef. Meet at the Sea Oat Pavilion in the Navarre Beach Marine Park, 8739 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre. For more information, call 850-939-3267 or visit www.facebook.com/navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.

 

Shark School at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

July 4 and 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Shark School students will learn about our local gulf coast sharks, shark biology and shark conservation. Students will also participate in arts and crafts, a shark tooth treasure hunt and gain early entry into the center. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is located at 8740 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre. For availability and pricing, call 850-684-3347 or visit www.tiny.cc/sharkschool.

 

Reefs and Robotics at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station

July 8-12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Introduce students to mechanical design, construction, problem solving, and teamwork skills at the Reefs and Robotics camp. Kids from sixth to eighth grade will build an autonomous underwater vehicle to explore the underwater world. The price for the camp is $300 and it will be held at 8638 Blue Heron Ct. in Navarre Beach. For more information, call 850-261-2141 or visit www.navarresciencestation.org.

 

Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

July 27, 8 – 10 a.m.

Meet up to clean up! Volunteers for a beach cleanup will meet in the main Navarre Beach parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided, or participants can bring supplies. For more information, call 850-684-3347 or visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.

 

Book your stay at NavarreListings.com.