St. Johns County Naturalist Programs

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AyoLane Halusky, County Naturalist   |   P: (904) 209-0348   |   F: (904) 209-0321   |   E: ahalusky@sjcfl.us

Activities at St. Johns County Parks may be scheduled for school trips, home school groups, Scouts, 4-H and other youth or adult groups. Park Naturalist Programs are free and open to the public. Contact AyoLane Halusky, County Naturalist at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or call (904) 209-0348 to schedule activities.

Events & Activities

Fossils of the Sea
When: 9 - 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, Wednesday, July 29, Wednesday, August 12
Where: Nease Beachfront Park, 3171 Coastal Hwy., Vilano
Details: Join St Johns County Naturalist Kelly Ussia on a fun and engaging walk and learn how to find and identify the different fossils found on Vilano Beach. To comply with CDC guidelines and State of Florida executive orders, please register for a walk here. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0335.

Sunset Under the Sea
When:
7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 21
Where: Vilano Beach, 2750 Anahma Drive, Vilano, FL
Details: Join St Johns County Naturalist Kelly Ussia on a fun and engaging walk to learn about the different wildlife found under the sea and enjoy a beautiful sunset on Vilano Beach. To comply with CDC guidelines and State of Florida executive orders, please register for a walk here. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0335.

Florida Master Naturalist ~ Environmental Interpretation
When: 7 - 8:30 p.m., every Monday and Wednesday August 3 through August 26
Where: 100% Online Course
Details: Adults of all knowledge and skill levels are invited to join us to learn about environmental interpretation. Participants of this course will gain deeper insight into how exhibits are made, effective presentation crafting, and the components of a successful guided program. The course is entirely online and is comprised of twice a week classes and guided assignments to be completed on your own. Register for Florida Master Naturalist ~ Environmental Interpretation. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0335.

Sunset Stroll
When: 7 - 9 p.m., Friday, August 7
Where: Vaill Point Park, 632 Vaill Point Rd., St. Augustine, FL
Details: Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and learn about the different flora and fauna found in Vaill Point Park while enjoying the sunset. Bring your questions and journals to record your findings. This program is free and open to all ages. To comply with CDC guidelines and State of Florida executive orders, you must register for the Sunset Stroll. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0348.

Nocatee Sunset Kayak Trips
When: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Thursday, August 13, Friday, August 14, Saturday, August 15, Sunday, August 16
Where: Nocatee Paddle Launch, 2015 Nocatee Landing Trail, Ponte Vedra, FL
Details: Join county naturalists for a beautiful guided trip of the Intracoastal Waterway and enjoy sunset on the water. The fees are SJC resident using own boat:$20 per person; Non-resident using own boat: $30 per person; SJC resident using County boat: $40 per person; Non-resident using County boat: $50 per person. Pre-registration is required for a trip but does not guarantee your spot. Space on a trip is allocated on a first come, first served basis. Pre-register for Nocatee Sunset Kayak Trips. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0335.


Vision

To provide St. Johns County residents and visitors with opportunities to become better educated about the wilderness systems, historical relevance and sharing St. Johns County's Blue and Green-Ways areas along side the natural communities, mutually benefiting from each other.

Mission

To provide opportunities for the visitors and citizens of St. Johns County to experience and learn about our local natural and historical areas, creating a deeper connection while supporting sustainable communities that work with the Earth's natural systems.

Goals and Values

  • Education: Offering programs that teach individuals and groups about our environment, flora and fauna, local history, and the interaction between natural systems and the developed world. These programs are designed to foster connections with the environment by dispelling fears and fables and empowering individuals with knowledge, safe wilderness practices, and positive experiences.
  • Exploration: Come kayak and hike through our Green- and Blue-way spaces with a trained naturalist. Develop a life-long connection with the environment while exploring our passive parks and waterways. Offering group and individual tours, special events and programs. Public and private, day and overnight trips can be arranged seasonally.
  • Preservation: As we come together as a community that understands the value of our natural areas, we can develop ways to promote, protect, and preserve local wilderness and waterways for future generations. The St. Johns County Naturalist Program will work with local conservation groups and volunteers in environmental programming, events, and clean-ups.

Programs & Activities

  • Nature Walks and Programs
  • Kayaking
  • Master Naturalist Classes
  • Volunteer & Educational Opportunities
  • Explore Blue-way and Green-way Trails

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