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.


Announcements, Events, Activities

Kid’s Holiday Yoga at the Beach
When: Friday, December 21
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: SJC Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach
Details: Learn to relax your mind and body with some simple, kid-friendly stretches, exercises and activities. Please wear loose clothing and bring your own towel or mat. This program is FREE and open to kids ages 5 to 12. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

Living Sustainably Lecture Series: Reptiles
When: Friday, January 4
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: THE PLAYERS Community Center, 175 Landrum Ln., Ponte Vedra Beach
Details: We have partnered with GTM Research Reserve for a lecture series focused on Northeast Florida’s conservation efforts, plants, animals, and beaches. This lecture will cover Reptiles. Learn about various reptiles you could encounter here in Northeast Florida. Meet some of our live animals and how they are vital to our surrounding ecosystems. Living Sustainably Registration. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

Living with Snakes and Gators
When: Friday, January 11
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: SJC Library Main Branch, 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine
Details: Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for a family-friendly presentation about the snakes and alligators found throughout the State of Florida (and maybe even in your backyard!). This program is FREE, but you must register online. Snakes and Gators Registration. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

904 Naturalist Series: Life of Mammals
When: January 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, and 30
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Main Library Branch and various locations around St. Johns County
Details: Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky to learn about the diverse environment that surrounds us and become a 904 Naturalist. There will be four programs with each one comprised of six classes held over three weeks. The first program is focused on the Life of Mammals including journal work, habitat study, and field trips to the Fairgrounds and Gourd Island Park. Participants must be able to attend all six classes. This program is FREE and open to adults ages 18 and up. For more information or to register, contact AyoLane Halusky at 904-209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us.

Sharks! Misunderstood Creatures of the Sea
When: Tuesday, January 22
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Anastasia Island Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine
Details: Sharks are one of the most feared creatures of the sea, but what do you really know about them? Come learn about the shark species that frequent our waters, the unique adaptations these animals have, and the real facts about shark attacks. Seating for this event is first-come, first-served. All ages are welcome. This program is FREE. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

Annual River Blessing – We have partnered with the Stetson Kennedy Foundation for the Annual River Blessing at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13 in Fruit Cove, on Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Gather at the riverfront next to the historic Bennett House for a selection of speakers followed by a silent, non-denominational ceremony of passing the bowl of water guided by a heartbeat drum by First Nations. This program is FREE. River Blessing Details. For more information, 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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