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

Treasures of the Beach

  • Thursday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Nease Beachfront Park, 3171 Coastal Highway, Vilano
Details: Our East Coast beaches are constantly changing and bringing new items up for us to see. Shells, sea beans, grasses, shark teeth, and marine debris are just a few of the items we will help you identify. Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for an engaging walk and talk about the amazing treasures you can find at the beach. This program is FREE and open to all ages, but registration is required. Treasures of the Beach Registration. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Owl Prowl – Canopy Shores Park
When: Wednesday, November 20 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Canopy Shores Park, 804 Christina Dr., St. Augustine
Details: Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and learn about the creatures of the night. We will explore our county parks at sunset in search of our resident owls who live in our park. Bring your questions and share your stories about the night time forest activities. This event is FREE. Owl Prowl Registration. For more info, contact AyoLane Halusky at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0348.

Owl & Sunset Symphony
When: Friday, November 22 from 5:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Beluthahatchee Park, 1501 SR 13, Fruit Cove
Details: Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and become a phenologist for the evening. Learn about the owls and enjoy nature’s symphony as we experience the transition from light to dark. Water birds and owls often come out to join. A representative from the Stetson Kennedy foundation will be on-hand to share a little local history. Please note there will be a discussion about owls and night time creatures and then we will find a place outside on the deck to watch the bird fly into roost for the evening as the sun starts to go down. This event is FREE. Owl & Sunset Symphony Registration. For more info, contact AyoLane Halusky at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0348.

Gobble Gobble! Learn About Wild Turkeys

Where: Anastasia Island Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine
Details: Turkeys are a symbol of the holiday season, but what do you know about wild turkeys? Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for a fun, festive and information talk about this charismatic bird. This event is FREE and open to all ages. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Pollinators – From Butterflies to Bees
When: Wednesday, December 11 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Library, 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine
Details: Pollinators play a vital role in our ecosystem, but did you know that bees are not the only pollinators out there? Learn why your butterfly garden should really be called a pollinator garden. This program is FREE and open to all ages. No reservations required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Pollinators Details. For more info, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.


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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