Beyond the beach eco tours available

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 04:35 PM.

While the dune lakes are prevalent in the artwork that fills galleries along 30A, they can often be overlooked en route to the beach.

"They're a visual hallmark of the area, yet there are people who live right next door to them who don't know how unique they are not just to the state, but to the entire world," said Sarah Schindele, program coordinator at Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.

To introduce visitors and locals alike to the wonders of South Walton's natural habitat, the CBA is hosting "Discover the Roads Less Traveled," a series of eco-adventures.

"It's a behind the scenes look at the local natural habitat," said CBA Director, Alison McDowell.

The CBA already hosts outreach programs to educate the public on how to be good stewards of their environment. However, from surf fishing to a sunset hike to kayaking, the upcoming tours provide a unique perspective of South Walton's rich outdoors.

"We have a really unique ecosystem, with a beach right next to a forest, full of diverse wildlife," McDowell explained.

The tours are made possible by partnerships with the Walton County Tourist Development Council and local nature experts, who will be leading the adventures. One of those local experts is Schindele.

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