St. Johns County Naturalist Programs

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.


Announcements, Events, Activities  

Wild Edibles and Backyard Medicinal Plants of Florida
When: Thursday, June 29
Time: 10:00am-12:00am
Where: Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, St. Johns, FL 32259
Details: Walk with the St. Johns County Naturalist and discover the many editable and medicinal plants that could be right in your backyard. Learn how to identify these plants as well as learn their various edible and medicinal uses. Please note that you will not be allowed to eat or taste any plants while on this walk.

For More Information or to Register: Contact AyoLane Halusky at 904.209.0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us. For reservations please include a phone number, email address, and the number of children in your party.

Shorebird Nesting Program
When: Wednesday, June 7
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Nease Beachfront Park, 3171 Coastal Highway, Vilano, FL 32084
Details: St. Johns County has partnered with St. Johns County Audubon to offer a FREE Children's Shorebird Nesting Program. This program is for children third grade and up. Participants will get the opportunity to learn about the unique birds that nest along our beaches and participate in activities that mirror what the real bird biologists do to protect our local nesting sites.
For More Information or to Register: Please contact Kelly Ussia at 904.209.0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us. For reservations please include a phone number, email address, and the number of children in your party.

FREE Kayak Trip
When: Friday, June 23, Saturday, June 24, Sunday, June 25
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Where: Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, St. Johns, FL 32259
Details: Participants will get to explore the east side of the St. Johns River while learning about local history, importance of the St. Johns River, and local flora and fauna. Spots fill fast so reserve your seat today!
For More Information or to Register: Please contact Kelly Ussia at 904.209.0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us. For reservations please include a phone number, email address, date of the trip you would like to attend, and if you would like to use a county kayak.

Survival and Primitive Living Demonstration
When: Tuesday, June 27 & Wednesday, June 28
Time:10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Vaill Point Park, 630 Vaill Point Rd, St Augustine, FL 32086
Details: Join the St. Johns County Naturalist and learn about survival skills the local native people used to navigate and prosper in Florida. Demonstrations will include tracking, fire making, and other primitive living skills that you can still use today.
For More Information: Please contact AyoLane Halusky at 904.209.0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us


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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