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 

Sunset Owl Prowl
When: Wednesday, May 23
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Alpine Groves Park, 2060 State Road 13, St. Johns
Details: Participate in a unique opportunity to watch the sunset along the St. Johns River and explore Alpine Groves Park after dark with Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky. Those who attend will learn about the creatures of the night including the resident owls. Click to register for Sunset Owl Prowl. This program is FREE. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at 904.209.0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us.

Wild Edibles & Other Plants of Florida
When: Thursday, May 24
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Alpine Groves Park, 2060 State Road 13, St. Johns
Details: Walk with Park Naturalist, AyoLane Halusky, and discover the many edible and medicinal plants that could be right in your backyard. Learn how to identify these plants as well as learn their various edible and medicinal uses. Please note that you will not be allowed to eat or taste any plants while on this walk. Click to register for Wild Edibles. This program is FREE. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at 904.209.0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us.

Sunset Dolphin Walk
When:

  • Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Beach Access Area, 2750 Anahma Drive, Vilano Beach
Details: Walk the beach looking for dolphins while enjoying a beautiful sunset. We’ve partnered with Marineland Dolphin Adventure for a free beach walk. Learn about dolphin anatomy and behavior as well as other marine species. Click to register for Sunset Dolphin Walk. This program is FREE. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at 904.209.0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

Moultrie Creek Kayak Trip
When:

  • Thursday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 2 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 3 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 14 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 17 at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Moultrie Creek Boat Ramp, 4805 Shore Drive, St. Augustine
Details: Join us for a beautiful paddle of the marsh along Moultrie Creek. During the paddle, kayakers will learn about the marsh ecosystem and the animals that call it home as well as the history of the area. Click to register for Moultrie Creek Kayak Trip. This program is FREE. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at 904.209.0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

Tracking: Reading Nature's Newspaper
When: Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Masters Tract Stormwater Treatment Facility, 7756 Hub Bailey Road, Hastings
Details: Learn about the Art of Tracking. Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and prepare to get your knees dirty. This is a two-day class and each class is two-and-a-half hours long. On the first day, learn some of the basics of tracking like IDing and aging. On the second day, dive into advance skills of tracking where you can see stories unfold in the daily life of wild animals. Plan accordingly for snacks, water, weather, sun, and bugs. Please note, there are no restrooms on-site. Click to register for Tracking: Reading Nature’s Newspaper. This program is FREE. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at 904.209.0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us.

Beach Cleanup at Vilano Beach
When: Wednesday, June 13
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Beach Access Area, 2750 Anahma Drive, Vilano Beach
Details: Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia in being good stewards of our beaches and participate in a beach cleanup at Vilano Beach. All necessary supplies will be provided. Plan accordingly for water, weather, sun, and bugs. This program is FREE. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at 904.209.0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

Cosmic Yoga for Kids at the Beach
When: Friday, June 15
Time: 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Where: Frank B. Butler Park East, 5860 A1A South, St. Augustine 32080
Details: Learn to relax your mind and body with some simple, kid-friendly stretches, exercises and activities. Please wear loose clothing and bring your own towel or mat. Click to register for Cosmic Yoga for Kids. This program is FREE and open to kids ages 5 to 12. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at 904.209.0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us.

SJC Exploration Summer CampPROGRAM FULL (Contact Kelly Ussia to get on the waiting list)
Join our Park Naturalists for a weeklong Exploration Camp where children will get the opportunity to explore the natural world around us. Campers will have an exciting week chock-full of field trips while expanding their understanding of our local ecosystems, sustainability, and how to collect and analyze data like a scientist. There will be two weeklong sessions: July 23-27 for ages 5-8 (*completed kindergarten) and July 30-August 3 for ages 9-12 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at Ketterlinus Gym, 60 Orange Street, St. Augustine. Cost is $100 for the week. For more information or to register, contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or kussia@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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