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
When:

  • 9 - 11 a.m., Friday, October 2 - Canopy Shores Park - Register here
  • 4 - 6 p.m., Thursday, November 5 - Alpine Groves Park - Register here
  • 4 - 6 p.m., Friday, November 6 - Vaill Point Park - Register here

Where:

  • Canopy Shores Park, 804 Christina Dr., St. Augustine
  • Alpine Groves Park, 2060 FL-13, Switzerland
  • Vaill Point Park, 632 Vaill Point Rd., 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. To comply with CDC guidelines and State of Florida executive orders, you must register for this program. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0348.

Moultrie Creek Kayak Trips
When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, October 3, Sunday, October 4
Where: Moultrie Creek Boat Ramp, 4805 Shore Dr., St. Augustine
Details: Join County naturalists for a beautiful guided trip of Trout Creek and learn about the unique history and diverse wildlife of the area. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0335. Moultrie Creeking Kayak Trips Details & Pre-Registration

Sunset Strolls
When: 6:30 - 8 p.m., Vaill Point Park, Wednesday, October 7 & Thursday, October 22, Sunday, November 8  | Canopy Shores Park, Friday, October 9, Friday, November 20  |  Alpine Groves Park, Wednesday, October 14,
Details: Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and learn about the different flora and fauna found at St. Johns County's parks while enjoying the sunset. Bring your questions and journals to record your findings. This program is free and open to all ages. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0348. Sunset Strolls Details & Registration

Cycles of Nature
When: 7 to 8 a.m., Thursday, October 8 and 22
Where: Butler Park East, 5860 A1A South, St. Augustine
Details: Join St. Johns County Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia and Marineland for a beautiful and educational sunrise walk on the beach. Just like the sun rises and sets every day, there are lots of things in nature that occur on a cyclical basis. This walk will focus on how nature tends to repeat itself and how humans can help protect these delicate cycles. This program is free and open to all ages, but registration is required. Register  for Cycles of Nature. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0335.

Speaking with the Birds
When: 9 - 11:30 a.m., Vaill Point Park, Thursday, October 15 | Canopy Shores Park, Friday, October 16
Details: Join us as we learn to interpret and identify the language of birds and gain a deeper understanding of these fascinating animals. This program is free and open to all ages and registration is required. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0348. Speaking with the Birds Details & Registration

St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Beach Cleanup
When: Friday, October 16

  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • 5:00 - 5:45 p.m.
  • 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
  • 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Where: St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine
Details: Join us and help be good stewards of our beaches by participating in a cleanup at the Pier. All necessary supplies will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring water and wear sunscreen and clothes appropriate for the beach. This event is free and registration is required. Register here. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at kussia@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0335.

Owl Prowls
When: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., Canopy Shores Park, Friday, October 23 |  Vaill Point Park - Thursday, October 29, Alpine Groves Park - Friday, October 30, Canopy Shores Park - Saturday, November 21
Details: Join us to learn these fascinating creatures of the night and explore the park at sunset in search of our resident owls. This program is free and open to all ages and registration is required. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0348. Owl Prowls Details & Registration


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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