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.

Events & Activities

Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants Guided Walks
Available walks:
• 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, June 19 at Alpine Groves Park.
• 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, July 2 at Canopy Shores Park.
• 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 17 at Alpine Groves Park.
Locations: 
Vaill Point Park, 630 Vaill Point Rd., St. Augustine
• Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, Switzerland
• Canopy Shores Park, 804 Christina Dr., St. Augustine
Details: Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and learn about wild edibles and medicinal plants found in our parks. Bring your questions and journals to record your findings. This program is free and open to all ages. In accordance with CDC guidelines and State of Florida executive orders, you must register for a program. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or register for a walk here.

Hallowes Cove Sunset Kayak Trips
When: 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 11, Friday, June 12, Saturday, June 13, Sunday, June 14
Where: Riverfront Park, 4065 State Road 13, St. Augustine, FL
Details: Join county naturalists for a beautiful guided trip of Hallowes Cove and enjoy sunset on the water. SJC Resident Providing Own Boat: $20 per person; Non-resident Providing Own Boat: $30 per person; SJC Resident Using a County Boat: $40 per person; Non-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, please 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. If you are using your own kayak, it must be at least 12 feet in length.

Trout Creek Sunset Kayak Trips
When: 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, July 9; Friday, July 10; Saturday, July 11; Sunday, July 12
Where: Trout Creek Park, 6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, FL
Details: Join county naturalists for a beautiful guided trip of Palmo Cove and enjoy sunset on the water.SJC Resident Providing Own Boat: $20 per person; Non-resident Providing Own Boat: $30 per person; SJC Resident Using a County Boat: $40 per person; Non-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, please 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. If you are using your own kayak, it must be at least 12 feet in length.

Sunset Under the Sea
When:
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, June 10; Friday, June 26; Wednesday, July 8; Friday, July 24
Where: Vilano Beach, 2750 Anahma Drive, Vilano, FL
Details: Join St Johns County Naturalist Kelly Ussia on a fun and engaging walk to learn about the different wildlife found under the sea and enjoy a beautiful sunset on Vilano Beach. To comply with CDC guidelines and State of Florida executive orders, please register for a walk here. For more information, 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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