Explore SJC Programs

Parks & Rec Explore St. Johns County Program

 

Interactive Programs

Connect with nature and learn new skills with these interactive programs. Find all programs currently available on our Explore SJC Program Registration Website.

Fishing

  • Fishing 101 – Learn the ins and outs of saltwater fishing in Florida. These classes are informative and hands-on. Sign up for one class or attend the whole series. Bring your gear and learn while you fish!

Kayaking

  • Durbin Creek Kayak Trip – Explore Durbin Creek with St. Johns County Park Naturalists. Participants will paddle the beautiful creek and learn about its unique history and diverse wildlife.

Land & Sea Nature Walks

  • 904 Naturalist – The 904 Naturalist program is a series of exploration programs. Each program is uniquely themed and offers three consecutive weeks of research and adventure. You must attend all classes under the program and at least two field trips to receive the program certificate.
  • Tracks – Join Naturalist AyoLane Halusky to translate nature's first language and explore local parks, searching for "tracks" and what they mean.

Nature & Veterans

  • Military Veteran Fishing – This program was designed in partnership with the VA to provide military veterans of all abilities an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge about fishing.
  • Military Veteran Kayaking – This program was designed in partnership with the VA to provide military veterans with all abilities the opportunity to kayak our unique waterways in SJC.

Conservation & Clean-ups

  • Waterway Cleanup – SJC Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Matanzas Riverkeeper to help keep our waterways clean. Sign up today to use one of our kayaks or bring your own.

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 Explore SJC Program will work with local conservation groups and volunteers in environmental programming, events, and clean-ups.

SJC Parks and Recreation – Where everybody plays.