Navarre Beach Marine Science Station

Day for the Dunes offers conservation fun

Day for the Dunes offers conservation fun

Environmental groups are coming together Sept. 28, for “A Day for the Dunes” to promote the importance of coastal ecosystems hosted by Dune Doctors, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (FCOLC) and the Navarre Beach Marine Science Center (NBMSS). This family friendly educational event is designed with the purpose of inspiring both children and adults […]

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Navarre Chamber Foundation gears up for 2019 Okaloosa Gas Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation welcomes returning headline sponsor Okaloosa Gas District to the 2019 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 5-6 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its seventh year and is one stop on what will be the 16th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. […]

Marine Science Station turns 10

Marine Science Station turns 10

It has been 10 years since new life was breathed into the old ranger station on Navarre Beach, creating a home base for marine conservation education in Santa Rosa County. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station cut the ribbon on the renovated building in late September 2009.     Read the full article in the […]

Students make mark with STEAMy mural

Students make mark with STEAMy mural

While most students were enjoying a break from school over the summer, eleventh-graders Allyson Wood, Jake Hughes and Terius Calvin spent weeks hard at work in the halls of Navarre High School. They were not taking summer school or practicing for an extracurricular activity or sport.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 […]

Second annual Wing Off coming to Navarre Park

Second annual Wing Off coming to Navarre Park

The Starfish Project of Navarre has tasked the public with an important decision. Saturday. The nonprofit organization will be calling on 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.   Read the full article in the […]

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Vacation does not necessarily translate to lounging anymore. Around the world, tourism trends have headed in a new direction with travelers rolling up their sleeves and working to mitigate their impact on the planet during their time away from the daily grind.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Science station says farewell to Taylor

Science station says farewell to Taylor

After two years of inspiring young minds, marine biology teacher Sara Taylor will be setting sail away from the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Taylor told the Navarre Press last week that she and her husband Andrew plan to return to Birmingham, Alabama, ahead of next school year.   Read the full article in the […]

Navarre teens help restore reefs during Keys trip

Navarre teens help restore reefs during Keys trip

For five days, 20 high school students of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station dived reefs, snorkeled and learned from field experts on issues of marine biology and conservancy in Key Largo as part of an annual field trip. Station Director Charlene Mauro said the students begin learning to dive in August, then spend the […]

Sunset Stampede 5K avoids storm

Sunset Stampede 5K avoids storm

Although the race director was considering cancelling Saturday’s 11th annual Sunset Stampede 5-kilometer run, the storm clouds made a quick departure and left cool temperatures in its wake. More than 220 runners and walkers headed west down Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach on a 3.1-mile trek. Read the full article in the May 9 issue […]

Sunset Stampede

An awesome sunset 5K along the beautiful White Sands Boulevard beginning at 6:30 p.m. Kids fun run kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Award’s ceremony and beach party at Juana’s Pagodas with live music, food and drinks right on the sand on beautiful Santa Rosa Sound.  Registration is limited. Sign up at https://www.itsyourrace.com/. Search “Sunset Stampede”.

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa County Commissioners spent their Monday meeting balancing potential projects against infrastructure needs. Discovery Center dream dashed? Concerns over water quality trumped conservation education efforts Monday as commissioners weighed how to spend millions of RESTORE dollars over the next 12 years. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

‘Science is for girls’

‘Science is for girls’

With tiaras on their heads and lab coats on their shoulders, hundreds of girls got up close with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) March 12 during GEEKS Night at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. GEEKS, which stands for Girls Educating and Encouraging Knowledge, was created by south Santa Rosa educators in partnership with the […]

Navarre students headed to International SeaPerch Challenge

Navarre students headed to International SeaPerch Challenge

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station students once again took home the trophy from the 2019 Regional SeaPerch ROV (remotely operated vehicle) Challenge. Team Octobots consists of documenter Ovella Hines (not pictured) and vehicle builders/operators Tiara Winbery and Miguel Homar, pictured here with their ROV. Read the full article in the March 21 issue of Navarre […]

Marine center expands classes for winter visitors

Marine center expands classes for winter visitors

As hundreds of seniors, known as snowbirds, descended on local beaches this month for the winter season, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station is tailoring its programs to share science and conservation lessons with them. Director Charlene Mauro typically teaches classes of dual-enrolled high schoolers this material.                 […]

Snowbirds Sessions by the Sea

Learn the science behind our changing beaches and birds that call it home at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station at 3:30 p.m. Program includes an interactive lecture and guided birding walk led by an Audubon specialist. Jackets are recommended. 15 spots, $5 per person. Spots fill quickly. Call 850-261-2141or visit www.navarresciencestation.org for more information.

Snowbird Sessions by the Sea

Celebrate the most popular residents of our local reefs at 3:30 p.m. at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Led by Gulfarium CARE experts, dive in and learn about sea turtle conservation efforts. 15 spots available, $5 per person. Spots fill quickly. Call 850-261-2141or visit www.navarresciencestation.org for more information.

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

Science station teaches first manatee skeleton lessons

Science station teaches first manatee skeleton lessons

More than playing with bones, the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station made another first last week as fifth graders visiting the station got hands on with a real-life manatee skeleton. The activity is led by high school dual enrollment students, and station Director Charlene Mauro said the activity is the first time fifth graders have […]

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County commissioners squashed a plan to build a hotel and RV site inside the Navarre Beach Marine Park, unanimously voting against a lease amendment for the property during a special rezoning meeting Oct 25. Attorney Will Dunaway, of the Clark Partington law firm, represented the potential buyer and developer, NOBC LLC. That company is registered […]

Fear Forest frightens for a cause

Fear Forest frightens for a cause

Leading up to Halloween night, Community of Christ church brought the fear last weekend during their annual Fear Forest. This haunted trail brought in hundreds of folks for screams and children’s Halloween activities. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

Science Station seeks ATV donations

Science Station seeks ATV donations

Navarre Beach residents are no stranger to the corrosive nature of beach air. From the local fire department to residents with yard ornaments, every exposed item on the beach must withstand the salty air.           Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once again bring to anglers young and old, novice and expert, the Navarre Fishing Rodeo set to take place Oct. 6 and 7.  This event has become a very popular and much anticipated fishing opportunity with participation growing each year.  Benefiting:  Heroes on the Water, Take A Kid […]

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

Beaches to Woodlands Tour boosts off-season tourism

For coastal communities, Labor Day weekend often marks the end of the peak season. Belts are tightened. Hotel room rates are reduced to attract more visitors. For county government, that dip in visitors typically comes with a decline in collections of bed taxes, the tax charged on temporary accommodations. Read the full article in the […]

Car Wash Fundraiser

Keller Williams Realty will be hosting a car with a professional car detailer beginning at 9 a.m. at 8494 Navarre Parkway. Navarre Beach Marine Science Station students will be assisting in the fundraising car wash for a new ATV. All donations made will be matched up to $1,000 by both the Navarre Rotary Club and […]

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Beach Safety Proposal finalized

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Beach Safety Proposal finalized

The Navarre Beach Board of Fire Commissioners voted to finalize a proposal for the Navarre Beach Fire Department to take over supervision, staffing and management of the lifeguard program along Navarre Beach. Currently the Navarre Beach Utility manages the program for Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre […]

Students to bring Arctic research to Navarre classroom

Students to bring Arctic research to Navarre classroom

Cutting their way through the ice of the Arctic Circle aboard the research vessel Akademik Ioffe, a team of natural and social scientists, students and a professional film crew will be conducting groundbreaking research into the changing nature of the top of the world. And Navarre High School seniors Aden Burkhardt and Judah Orth are […]