South Walton

The 2022 VBA Season is Underway!

Ever wonder exactly what a Volunteer Beach Ambassador (VBA) does on/for the Beaches of South Walton? Check out this great article from SoWal.com regarding our VBA team!         Volunteer Beach Ambassadors Hit the Sand to Educate and Inform Interested in jumping in to help? Make plans to visit one of the following educational […]

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Turtle Talk: Come Explore With Us!

Thousands of visitors come to South Walton beaches every year to vacation in pristine settings and enjoy the Old Florida lifestyle that 60,000+ of us are lucky enough to call home every day of the year! They come for the beaches, sure. But, they could find beaches in any number of Florida towns. Here, they also […]

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Turtle Talk: Clean Your Closets to Help Sea Turtles!

Fall is a great time to do some Spring Cleaning! Ok, so maybe it’s a good time to do some “fall cleaning.” Take some time to weed out those items you no longer use to make way for the holidays and now you can donate those unwanted or outgrown items to benefit the Friends of South Walton […]

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Turtle Talk: New Additions

While the sea turtle hatchlings of 30A and South Walton have been busy emerging from their nests, we have been busy adding some new additions of our own. Ours are not as adorable or exciting, but we are happy about them none-the-less. Over the summer, our volunteers have worked tirelessly to get this new organization […]

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Turtle Talk: No More Trash Talking

There are dreamers who inspire. And, there are doers who carry out that inspiration.  The Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles strives to be both! In keeping with our all volunteer nonprofit mission of “Sea Turtle Conservation Through Awareness and Education,” here is some of what we have done this year: Redesigned and distributed more than […]

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Turtle Talk: New Living Reef Habitat in Grayton Beach State Park 

Last week, the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) began installing the first set of near shore reefs at Grayton Beach State Park here in South Walton County. For all you sea turtle fans, this new reef installation (consisting of approximately 58 towers) will be in the shape of a sea turtle when viewed from above!   The new […]

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Friends Are Heroes Too

In just a few days, the Walton County Coastal Branch Library starts their annual summer reading program for children.  The theme this year is “Every Hero has a Story.”  We know this because we, the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, are taking part and we will be there on #TurtleTuesday, June 16th from 10am until 11am.   […]

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Elaine Parrett #shellfie

Turtle Talk: Walk the Walk

Well, I did it. I’ve been talking the talk, and now I can say I have walked the walk. When I first heard about the new Friends of South Walton Sea Turtle group, I was excited to lend a hand. This group focuses on education and awareness about sea turtles and other sea life in […]

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Turtle Talk: #CleanDarkFlat

To some of you out there, the title of this blog might look like a foreign language or something written in a secret code. Unless you happen to be 13-years-old, in which case you’d know exactly what the pound sign in the title is. It’s called a hashtag. Teenagers are apparently born knowing about these […]

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Turtle Talk: Keep it Clean

“Clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere, Clean up, clean up, everybody do their share.” If you were alive and conscious during the 1990’s, you probably heard a big purple dinosaur named Barney singing this little ditty about cleaning up your messes. It was a simple message, but it’s a dandy. Here on the Beaches of South […]

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Evaluating the sea turtle nest

Turtle Talk: Together We Are Stronger

  Why do people volunteer? Some are looking for a way to make a difference. Some are looking for ways to shine. Some are looking for new friends or a way to feel part of a community. All of these are excellent reasons to come out to our meeting this Friday! Change your corner of the world and you […]

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Turtle Talk: The Dark Side

Read at your own risk. I’m going to try to convince you to come over to the dark side. Not the evil space-lord dark side, and not Pink Floyd’s dark side of the moon. No, we are going to learn about the dark side of the beach. When most people think of the Beaches of […]

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Turtle Talk: Holes

Human beings seem to have a love-hate relationship with holes. We hate holes in our socks and holes in our roofs. But we love donut holes and holes in swiss cheese. We sing about the tragedy of a hole in our bucket, and yet we can’t resist peeking through a hole in a fence. This […]

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Turtle Talk: A Little Help From Our Friends

To paraphrase the Beatles, we can all use a little help from our friends sometimes. Whether it’s to support us, advise us, or just lighten the load a little, friends can be invaluable. And even the strongest and wisest among us turn to friends for help. In that spirit, there’s a new friend in town! […]

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