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News, Announcements & Programming

Be in the know about what's happening in our parks with our Parks and Recreation Newsletter.

Youth Sports & Activities

For details about the following programs, please visit our Youth Activities page.

Summer Exploration Camps – Looking for an opportunity to that will allow your children a chance to explore the outdoors and gain valuable educational experience? Campers will explore our local ecosystems, study native wildlife, and attend a variety of field trips.

Adult Sports and Activities

For details about the programs, please visit our Adult Sports and Activities page.

Painting with REC-Creations: Halloween Edition! – Come enjoy a casual evening painting a spooky, Halloween-themed picture at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval St. From 1 to 3 p.m. on October 16, participants ages 12 and up will have an opportunity to paint with step-by-step guidance and meet new friends with common interests. This program costs $25 and registration is required. Supplies will be provided and participants are welcome to bring food and drinks. For more information or to register, click here.

Beaches

2021 Annual Beach Driving Passes – St. Johns County resident passes are $50, non-resident passes: $100, accessible passes: $40. In addition, all 2020 annual beach driving passes have been extended through the 2021 beach season. If you purchased a 2020 pass, please retain your sticker, as they cannot be replaced and will require a purchase of a new pass. 2021 Beach Driving Passes

St. Johns Golf Club

For more details, please visit  www.sjgc.com

St. Johns Golf Club Receives Five North Florida Chapter PGA Awards – The Northern Chapter of the North Florida Section PGA (NFPGA) recently recognized the St. Johns Golf Club with several prominent awards during their annual awards meeting in January. St. Johns County received five of the organization's seventeen regional awards. St. Johns Golf Club Receives Five North Florida Chapter PGA Awards

Nature and Environmental Programs

Beach Clean-up at Vilano – Help keep Vilano Beach clean! Join us on Friday, October 1, at the Vilano Beach Pavilion, 2750 Anahma Dr., and protect what you love. All necessary supplies will be provided, and there will even be prizes! For more information and to select a time slot, click here.

Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants Guided Walks

  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | September 24 | Canopy Shores Park
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | October 13 | Vaill Point Park

Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and learn about wild edibles and medicinal plants found in our parks. Register Here.

Owl Prowl

  • 7:15 - 9:30 p.m. | September 23 | Alpine Groves Park
  • 6:15 - 8:30 p.m. | October 28 | Vaill Point Park
  • 6:15 - 8:30 p.m. | October 29 | Canopy Shores Park

Learn about these fascinating creatures of the night and explore the park at sunset in search of our resident owls. Register Here.

Sunset Under the Sea

  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | September 24 | Mussallem Beachfront Park
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | September 29 | Mussallem Beachfront Park/li>

Beach walks are back! Join Parks Naturalist Kelly Ussia for a fun and engaging sunset walk on the beach and learn about the amazing wildlife that call the ocean their home. Register Here.

Saltwater Fishing

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Usina Boat Ramp

  • October 6 | Fish I.D., Rules, and Regulations
  • October 13 | Picking the Right Pole: How to Reel in the Big One
  • October 20 | Tackle Box Necessities
  • October 27 | Bait
  • November 3 | Nets and Traps
  • November 10 | Surf Fishing

Bring your fishing gear and learn the ins and outs of saltwater fishing. Participants must have a Saltwater Shoreline License from Florida Fish and Wildlife. Register Here.

Florida Master Naturalist Program: Invasive Plants of Florida
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | September 7 - 28 | Zoom + Field Trip
Learn more about invasive plants in Florida in this virtual course. This course also features a field trip. Register Here.

Bats!
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | October 12 | Anastasia Island Branch Library
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | October 13 | Bartram Trail Branch Library
Florida is home to 13 different species of bats. Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for an engaging and educational conversation about these unique winged mammals that play an important role in our ecosystem. For more information, email or call 904.209.0335.

Facilities

After Hours Emergency Maintenance Contact In our continuing effort to provide you with safe and well maintained Parks and Recreation facilities, we are offering an after hours emergency maintenance number (904) 814-3275. A maintenance staff person will be available to take your call and assist you after normal weekday operating hours and on the weekend.

Project Updates

Portion of Vilano Landing Parking Lot Temporarily Closed – The southwestern portion of the parking lot at Vilano Landing, 101 Vilano Causeway, is closed due to a dredging project in the Vilano basin and is anticipated to reopen in winter 2021. The dredging will remove an estimated 5,700 cubic yards of material from the basin and will improve boaters’ ingress and egress to the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat ramp will remain open to the public for the duration of the project, and ramp users are encouraged to exercise caution when using the facility. For more information, please call 904.209.0341.

St. Johns County Golf Course Master Plan Update – The St. Johns Golf Club is in the process of a potential Master Plan update that would include updating various aspects of the golf course.

We thank residents and visitors for their patience as we work to improve our parks and facilities for St. Johns County residents and visitors. For more information, call (904) 209-0333.

Our Commitment

The St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department is committed to a thriving local park system, the opportunity for our residents and visitors to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles, and the preservation of the natural beauty of our environment. Explore the many ways Parks and Recreation is making our communities happier and healthier by providing a place where it all comes together – a sense of community, an appreciation of history, and a respect for nature.

Contact

For more information about the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department, please contact our main office, 2175 Mizell Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080, (904) 209-0333.

After Hours Emergency Parks & Facilities Maintenance Contact: (904) 814-3275. A maintenance staff person will be available to take your call and assist you after normal weekday operating hours and on the weekend.


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