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  

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.    

13th Annual Bartram Bash
When: Saturday May 13
Where: Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, St. Johns, FL 32259
Time: 8:30am-2:00pm
Details: The event is environmentally themed and is a birthday celebration for William Bartram, the first American born naturalist. Below is the scheduled line up of events:

  • 8:30am: Audubon Guided Bird Walk
  • 9:00am: Yoga Off the Mat
  • 10:00am: Bartram Presentation by Mike Adams
  • 11:30am: Stetson Kennedy Foundation Fellow Man and Mother Earth Awards
  • 12:00pm: Bluegrass and Square Dancing with The Old City Farmers Band

For More Information: Please contact AyoLane Halusky at 904-209-0348 or e-mail him at ahalusky@sjcfl.us

Owl Prowl
When: Wednesday May 10, Thursday May 11, and Friday May 12
Where: Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, St. Johns, FL 32259
Time: 8:00pm
Details: Participate in a unique opportunity to explore Alpine Groves after dark with our County Naturalist. Those who attend will get to learn about the creatures of the night, including the resident owls. Sign up today for this FREE guided walk.
For More Information: Please contact AyoLane Halusky at 904-209-0348 or e-mail him at ahalusky@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, e-mail address, and indicate the number in your party.

Hallowes Cove Historical Guided Kayak Tour
When: Friday May 19, Saturday May 20th, and Sunday May 21
Where: Riverfront Park, 4065 State Road 13, St. Johns, FL 32259
Time: 10:00am
Details: Join St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and the St. Johns County Cultural Resource Coordinator for a unique tour of the historic St. Johns River. The fee for this guided trip is $20 per person for participants bringing their own kayaks, which must be a minimum of 12ft long, and $40 per person for participants using a county kayak. Spots are limited.
For More Information: Please contact Kelly Ussia at 904.209.0335 or kussia@sjcfl.us. When setting up a reservation please include a phone number, e-mail address, date of the trip you would like to attend, and if you would like to use a county kayak.



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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