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 

November 

Owl Prowls

When and Where:

  • Tuesday, November 7 & Monday, November 20
    Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, St. Johns
  • Wednesday, November 8 & Tuesday, November 21
    Canopy Shores, 814 Christina Dr., St. Augustine
  • Thursday, November 9 & Wednesday, November 22
    Vaill Point Park, 630 Vaill Point Rd., St. Augustine

Time: 5:30pm
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 contact AyoLane Halusky (904) 209-0348 or ahalusky@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, e-mail address, and number in your party.

December

Everyone Can Conserve: A GTM and SJC Family Conservation Night

When: Wednesday, December 6
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: THE PLAYERS Community Center, 175 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra, FL 320802
Details: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation has partnered with GTM Research Reserve to offer a unique family oriented program. Join us for a fun night all about wacky weather! Florida experiences all types of weather conditions including hurricanes. Bring your family and learn all about the weather that impacts our area, what you can do to be prepared, and participate in hands on weather related activities.
More Information / Registration: To register please click here. For more information, please 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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