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  

ACA Kayak Quickstart Course: March 25
The St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an ACA Kayak Quickstart Course on March 25 at Trout Creek Park, 6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The course will focus on the fundamentals of kayaking including kayak designs, trip planning, and water safety. In addition, participants will get the opportunity to learn and practice basic paddle strokes and rescue techniques. The course will be led by two Level 2 Certified ACA instructors. The program is $80 per participant. Spots are limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Kelly Ussia at 904.209.0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, email, and if you will be using a county kayak.

Sunrise Dolphin Beach Walk: April 19 & 20
St. Johns County Parks and Recreation is excited to announce that we have partnered with Marineland Dolphin Adventure to offer a brand new FREE beach walk! On Wednesday April 19 and Thursday April 20 at 7:00am we will host our very first Sunrise Dolphin Beach Walk. This walk will be held at Vilano Beach, 2750 Anahma Dr., Vilano. Get up early and join us to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic and then explore the beach and lookout for dolphins. During the walk you will get to learn all about dolphin anatomy, behavior, and other whale species that frequent the area. For more information or to register for the program please contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, email address, and indicate the number in your party.    

Owl Prowl: April 20
Join the St. Johns County Naturalist for an exciting new guided walk on Thursday April 20th at Vaill Point Park, located at 630 Vaill Point Rd., St. Augustine. The walk will begin at 7:45pm. Participants will get to learn about the creatures of the night, including the resident owls. Those who wish to attend should dress for the weather and bring a flashlight, bug spray, and water. For more information or to register for the program please contact AyoLane Halusky at 904-209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, email address, and indicate the number in your party.    

Coral Ardisia Round-Up: April 21
As part of our Earth Day programming join us on Friday April 21st from 10am-12pm for some hands on service learning. This event will take place at Alpine Groves Park, located at 2060 SR 13, St. Johns, FL 32259. Give back to the park by removing the invasive Coral Ardisia and rounding up its Christmas berries. By attending you’ll be helping to create a healthier ecosystem while also getting to learn about invasive species. Come prepared to get dirty, wear closed toed shoes, bring work gloves if you have them, and make sure you bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. For more information or to be part of this event please contact AyoLane Halusky at 904-209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us. If interested please provide AyoLane with a phone number, email address, and indicate the number in your party.    

Children's Shorebird Nesting Program: April 29
St. Johns County has partnered with St. Johns County Audubon to present a Children's Shorebird Nesting Program. This program is for children third grade and up. Participants will get the opportunity to learn about the unique birds that nest along our beaches. In addition, children will get the opportunity to participate in activities that mirror what the real bird biologists do to protect our local nesting sites. The program is FREE and will take place on Saturday April 29 at 10am at Nease Beachfront Park, located at 3171 Coastal Highway, Vilano, FL 32084. For more information or to register for the program please contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, email address, and indicate the number of children in your party.    



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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