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

904 Naturalist Series – Exploring the Life of Plants & Trees
When: May 15, 17, 22, 23, 24, and 29
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Main Library Branch and various locations around St. Johns County
Details: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 fourth and last program is focused on Exploring the Life of Plants & Trees. Participants must be able to attend all six classes. This program is FREE and open to adults ages 18 and up. Life of Plants & Trees Registration. For more info, contact AyoLane Halusky at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0348.

Kid's Beach Yoga
When: Friday, May 17
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 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 4 to 12. Kids Yoga Details. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Not in Your Backyard
When: Friday, May 24
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: THE PLAYERS Community Center, 175 Landrum Ln., Ponte Vedra
Details: Ever wonder how to identify and remove the plants that are “bad” for your yard and the environment? We’ve partnered with GTM Research Reserve for an opportunity to learn about invasive plant species within Northeast Florida. Not In Your Backyard Details. This program is FREE. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Night Under the Stars
When: Thursday, June 6
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 S.R. 207, Elkton
Details: We have partnered with Ancient City Astronomy Club (ACAC) for an educational evening that is out of this world! ACAC will lead an Astronomy 101 class that’s all about the night sky. Bring your friends and family to learn about the constellations, star names, and more. Telescopes and binoculars will be on-hand to view the moon, planets, and other objects. This program is FREE. Space is limited. Registration is required. Night Under the Stars Registration. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Sunset Dolphin Walk
When:

  • Friday, June 7
  • Thursday, June 20
  • Tuesday, June 25

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Vilano Beach Access Area, 2750 Anahma Drive, Vilano Beach
Details: We have partnered with Marineland Dolphin Adventure to offer a FREE beach walk! Staff will guide participants on a beach walk while looking for dolphins and enjoying a beautiful sunset. During the walk you will get to learn all about dolphin anatomy and behavior, as well as other marine species. Sunset Dolphin Walk Registration. This program is free, but you must RSVP on Eventbrite to participate. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Basics in Nature Photography
When: Thursday, June 13
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Nease Beachfront Park, 3173 Coastal Highway, Vilano Beach
Details: Do you have a nice camera and always leave it on auto? Do you wish you could capture the amazing beauty of the nature around you? Then this Basics in Nature Photography is for you. Join local photographer Nicholle Goodnight for a hands-on class to sharpen your photography skills. Participants will need to bring their own camera equipment and be at least 12 years in age. Basics in Nature Photography Registration. This program is free, but you must RSVP on Eventbrite to participate. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Treasures of the Beach
When: Tuesday, June 25
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Anastasia Island Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine
Details: Our East Coast beaches are constantly changing and bringing new items up for us to see. Shells, sea beans, grasses, shark’s teeth, and marine debris; come learn how to identify these items, where they come from, and so much more! Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for an engaging talk about the amazing treasures you can find at the beach. Treasures of the Beach Details. This event is FREE. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Living with Snakes & Gators
When: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Ponte Vedra Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach
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. Learn about the various species of snakes in our area as well as how to live with the amazing crodillian neighbors. This program is open to all ages and is FREE. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Nocatee Sunset Kayak Trips
When:

  • Thursday, June 27
  • Friday, June 28
  • Saturday, June 29
  • Sunday, June 30

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Nocatee Landing, Tolomato Rd., Ponte Vedra
Details: Come explore the marshes of the Tolomato River with St. Johns County Naturalists. Participants will paddle the marsh and learn about the unique things that live there and why estuaries are so important. At the end of the tour participants will get to experience a beautiful sunset on the water.
Fees:

  • SJC Resident Providing Own Boat $20: per person
  • Non SJC Resident Providing Own Boat: $30 per person
  • SJC Resident Using a County Boat: $40 per person
  • Non SJC Resident Using a County Boat: $50 per person

To register, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335. When setting up a reservation, include a phone number, email, date of the trip you would like to attend, residency status, and if you will be using a county kayak. There is a 12-foot boat length minimum for participants bringing their own boat.



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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