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

15th Annual Bartram Bash
Join St. Johns County at our 15th Annual Bartram Bash and celebrate 200 years of history, memories, and community. On May 15, we will be hosting a variety of exciting events that tell the fascinating history of William Bartram and the Switzerland, FL area.

  • 9 to 11 a.m. – Special tours of the historic orange grove homestead.
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Local naturalist and historian Mike Adams shares tales from first American-born naturalist, William Bartram.
  • 1 to 2 p.m. – The Ashley Gang performs on the homestead porch.

Attendees must register for each event, as space is limited. For more information, or to register for any or all of the events, please click the button below. Bartram Bash Registration.

Deep Creek Kayak Trips

  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |  May 6  |  Deep Creek Soft Launch
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |  May 7  |  Deep Creek Soft Launch
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |  May 8  |  Deep Creek Soft Launch

Enjoy a guided kayak trip of the beautiful conservation lands at Deep Creek with St. Johns County Park Naturalists. Deep Creek Kayak Trips Registration

CleanSweep STA 2021 Beach Cleanup

  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  |  May 14
    St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier

Join CleanSweep STA for the annual May beach cleanup at the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. All supplies will be provided. Please register for a time slot. Clean Sweep Registration

Turtles of Florida

  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  |  May 11  |  Zoom

Join Parks Naturalist Kelly Ussia for a Zoom discussion about the various turtle species that inhabit Florida. Turtles of Florida Registration.

Sunset Dolphin Walks

  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  |  May 18  |  Vilano Beach
  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.  |  June 1  |  Vilano Beach
  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.  |  June 2  |  Vilano Beach

Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for a guided sunset walk on Vilano Beach and learn all about dolphins. Sunset Dolphin Walks Registration.

Tracking Basics and Beyond

  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  |  May 20  |  Helen Mellon Schmidt Park
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  |  May 20  |  Frank Butler Park East

Learn the art and science of tracking and how to better understand Earth's first written language. Tracking Basics and Beyond Registration.

Walk Through Time – Mickler's Beach

  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  |  June 2  |  Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park
  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  |  June 3  |  Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park

Celebrating St. Johns County's 200th anniversary, learn about the unique natural and cultural history of Ponte Vedra Beach. Walk Through Time Registration.

Frank Butler Park West Sunset Kayak Trips

  • 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  |  June 5  |  Frank Butler Park West
  • 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  |  June 6  |  Frank Butler Park West

Enjoy the sunset on this guided kayak trip of the Matanzas Inlet and learn about the complex marshes and the animals and plants that call it home. Frank Butler Park West Sunset Kayak Trips 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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