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  

Celebrating Working Forest Week
When: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 3pm-4pm
Where: Vaill Point Park, 630 Vaill Point Rd., St. Augustine, FL 32086
Details: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation is excited to announce that we have partnered with Wetland Preserve LLC, a working forest and member of The American Tree Farm System, to offer a fun informational program all about our amazing forests. During the program participants will learn about the forest habitat, animals that call the forest home, and the services that our forests provide. There will be hands on activities and informational materials to take home.
More Information or to Register: Please contact Kelly Ussia at (904) 209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, email address, and indicate the number in your party.

FREE Kayak Trip at Moultrie Creek
When: Thursday, October 19, Friday, October 20, Saturday, October 23, Sunday, October 22
Time: Thursday: 8am, Friday: 9am, Saturday: 10am, Sunday: 11am
Where: Moultrie Creek Boat Ramp 4805 Shore Drive, St. Augustine, FL 82086
Details: Join us for a beautiful paddle of the marsh along Moultrie Creek. During the paddle participants will learn about the marsh ecosystem, the animals that call it home, as well as the history of the area. All trips are approximately 3 hours long.
More Information or to Register: Please contact Kelly Ussia at (904) 209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, email, date of the trip you would like to attend, and if you will be using a county kayak.

Owl Prowl
When: Thursday, October 26, Friday, October 27, Saturday, October 28
Where: Thursday: Alpine Groves Park, Friday: Canopy Shores, Saturday: Vaill Point Park
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Details: Participate in a unique opportunity to explore a county park after dark with our County Naturalist. Those who attend will learn about the creatures of the night, including the resident owls. Sign up today for this FREE guided walk.
More Information: Please contact AyoLane Halusky (904) 209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, email address, and number in your party.

Walk the (Wrack) Line
When: Tuesday, November 14 & Saturday, November 18
Where: Vilano Beach, 2750 Anahma Dr., Vilano, FL 32084
Time: Tuesday 10am-11:30am, Saturday 1pm-2:30pm
Details: Ever wonder what is in the wrack line that washes up on the beach? Now is your chance to learn. Join County Naturalist Kelly Ussia to explore the wrack line and identify the amazing things that end up there. Participants will get to walk the beach and comb through the wrack line to learn about the importance of the wrack line, creatures that utilize the wrack line, and objects that often end up there.
More Information or to Register: Please contact Kelly Ussia (904) 209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, email address, and number in your party.

Children's Shorebird Nesting Program
When: Sunday, November 19
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Nease Beachfront Park, 3171 Coastal Highway, Vilano, FL 32084
Details: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation has partnered with the St. Johns County Audubon to offer a FREE Children’s Shorebird Nesting Program. This program is for children third grade and up. Participants will learn about the unique birds that nest along our beaches. In addition, children will participate in activities that mirror what the real bird biologists do to protect our local nesting sites.
More Information or to Register: Please contact Kelly Ussia (904) 209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, e-mail address, and number of children in your party.

Owl Prowl
When and Where:

  • Tuesday, November 7 & Monday, November 20
    Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, St. Johns
  • Wednesday, November 8 & Tuesday, November 21
    Canopy Shores, 814 Christina Dr., St. Augustine
  • Thursday, November 9 & Wednesday, November 22
    Vaill Point Park, 630 Vaill Point Rd., St. Augustine

Time: 5:30pm
Details: Participate in a unique opportunity to explore a county park after dark with our County Naturalist. Those who attend will learn about the creatures of the night, including the resident owls. Sign up today for this FREE guided walk.
More Information or to Register: Please contact AyoLane Halusky (904) 209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, e-mail address, and number in your party.



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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