St. Johns County Naturalist Programs

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 

January

Walk the (Wrack) Line

When: Thursday, January 11 & Saturday, January 13
Where: Vilano Beach, 2750 Anahma Dr., Vilano, FL
Time: Thursday 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Saturday 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Details: Ever wonder what is in the wrack line that washes up on the beach? Now is your chance to learn. Join County Naturalist Kelly Ussia to explore the wrack line and identify the amazing things that end up there. Participants will walk the beach and comb through the wrack line to learn about its importance, creatures that utilize it, and objects that often end up there.
More Information & Registration: Please register here. For more information, please contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

Children's Shorebird Nesting Program

When: Saturday, January 13
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Nease Beachfront Park, 3171 Coastal Highway, Vilano, FL
Details: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation has partnered with the St. Johns County Audubon to offer an FREE Children’s Shorebird Nesting Program. This program is for children third grade and up. Participants will learn about the unique birds that nest along our beaches. In addition, children will participate in activities that mirror what the real bird biologists do to protect our local nesting sites.
More Information & Registration: Please register here,  or for more information,contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

Walk Through Time

When: Wednesday, January 17 & Thursday, January 25
Where: Frank B. Butler Park East, 5860 A1A South, St. Augustine 32080
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Details: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation has partnered with the county Cultural Resource Coordinator to offer a new exciting program on the history of Butler Beach. Take a walk back in time and learn about the important cultural and ecological history of this unique area.
More Information & Registration: Please register here, or for more information, contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

Owl Prowl

When: Saturday, January 20
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, St. Johns
Details: Participate in a unique opportunity to explore a county park after dark with our County Naturalist. Those who attend will learn about the creatures of the night, including the resident owls. Sign up today for this FREE guided walk.
More Information & Registration: Please register here, or for more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at 904-209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us.

River Blessing

When: Saturday, January 27
Where: Alpine Groves Park, 2060 State Road 13, St. Johns
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Details: The River Blessing is spiritual but non-religious and is inspired by first nation’s teachings. We will have The Matanzas and St. Johns River Keepers present to speak about the river and offer inspirational words. Drums are welcome for a simple heart beat during the blessing.
For More Information: Please contact AyoLane Halusky at 904-209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us.

Beluthahatchee Open House

When: Saturday, January 27
Where: Beluthahatchee Park, 1523 State Road 13, St. Johns
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Details: Drop in for a tour of the historic Beluthahatchee Park. This site has the distinct honor of being the only site that is a National Literary Landmark that honors two writers, Stetson Kennedy and Woody Guthrie. Learn about the friendship shared between these two amazing men and tour Stetson Kennedy's home.
For More Information: Please contact AyoLane Halusky at 904-209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us.


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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