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

April Showers Bring May Flowers

  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | April 13 | Zoom

Join Parks Naturalist Kelly Ussia for a Zoom discussion about Florida's wildflowers, how to identify them, and the wildlife that appreciates them. April Showers Bring May Flowers Registration

Nature Photography

  • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | April 14 | Nease Beachfront Park
  • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | April 21 | Nease Beachfront Park
  • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | April 28 | Nease Beachfront Park

Join us for a hands-on class to sharpen your photography skills. Participants will need their own camera equipment, and must be at least 12 years old. Nature Photography Registration

Helen Mellon Schmidt Park Kayak Trips

  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | April 15 | Helen Mellon Schmidt Park
  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | April 16 | Helen Mellon Schmidt Park
  • 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | April 17 | Helen Mellon Schmidt Park
  • 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | April 18 | Helen Mellon Schmidt Park

Enjoy a guided kayak trip of the Matanzas and Summer Haven Rivers with St. Johns County Park Naturalists. Please note, these kayak trips are recommended for those with some kayaking experience due to tidal conditions. Helen Mellon Schmidt Park Kayak Trips Registration

904 Naturalist Workshop: Exploring the Life of Plants and Trees

  • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. |April 21, 28, & May 12| St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Administration

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to research plants and trees native and invasive to Florida, learn how to identify them, and discover their effect on the local ecosystem. This program takes place in the classroom and in the field. Trips will take place on April 24, 25, and May 2 with times and locations to be announced soon. 904 Naturalist Workshop: Exploring the Life of Plants and Trees Registration

City Nature Challenge 2021

  • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | April 30 | Nease Beachfront Park
  • 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. | May 1 | Butler Beach
  • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | May 1 | Southeast Intracoastal Park
  • 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. | May 2 | Vaill Point Park

Join us and help celebrate this unique, interactive nature event and identify flora and fauna that live in St. Johns County Parks. Registration opens two weeks prior to event date. Learn more and register @ City Nature Challenge 2021 Registration

Deep Creek Kayak Trips

  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | May 5 | Deep Creek Soft Launch
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | May 6 | Deep Creek Soft Launch
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | May 7 | Deep Creek Soft Launch

Enjoy a guided kayak trip of the beautiful conservation lands at Deep Creek with St. Johns County Park Naturalists. Deep Creek Kayak Trips Registration

CleanSweep STA 2021 Beach Cleanup

  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. | May 14 |St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier

Join CleanSweep STA for the annual May beach cleanup at the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. All supplies will be provided. Please register for a time slot. Clean Sweep Registration

Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants Guided Walks

  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | April 9 | Alpine Groves Park
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | April 29 | Vaill Point Park
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | April 30 | Canopy Shores Park
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | May 5 | Alpine Groves Park

Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and learn about the wild edibles and medicinal plants found in our parks. Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants Guided Walks Registration


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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