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Be in the know about what's happening in our parks with our Parks and Recreation Newsletter.

Youth Events

Back to School Event at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds
When: 10 a.m., Saturday, August 8
Where: St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 S.R. 207, Elkton, FL
Details: This free drive-thru school supply and food event is for residents of Hastings, Armstrong, and Elkton. Parents or guardians must provide I.D. and children must be present. This event is first come, first served, while supplies last. This event is brought to you by Shepherd's Haven Inc. Food Pantry and Resource Center, in partnership with St. Johns County Parks and Recreation. For more information, contact Jamie Baccari at jbaccari@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0377.

Murray Middle School Back to School Drive-thru
When: 10 a.m., Saturday, August 22
Where: Murray Middle School, 150 N. Holmes Blvd., St. Augustine, FL
Details: The West Augustine CRA Steering Committee with St. Johns County Parks and Recreation, Boss Boyz St. Augustine, and the West Augustine Improvement Association, are having a school supplies giveaway to prepare kids for the new school year. Kids must be present and masks must be worn to receive items. This event is first come, first served, while supplies last. For more information, contact Jamie Baccari at jbaccari@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0377.

Afterschool Programs

For details about the following programs, please visit our After School Programs page.

Elementary Enrichment Program August 31 through October 30, Monday through Friday, at the Ketterlinus Gymnasium, 80 Orange St., St. Augustine.

Middle School After School Program August 31 through October 30, Monday through Friday, at the Ketterlinus Gymnasium, 80 Orange St., St. Augustine.

Collier-Blocker Student Enrichment Program Begins August 31, Monday through Friday, during the school year at the Collier-Blocker Center, 10 N. Holmes Blvd., St. Augustine.

Adult Sports and Activities

For details about the following programs, please visit our Adult Sports and Activities page.

Adult Yoga – Are you looking to strengthen and increase your flexibility all while getting into shape? If so, join us from at the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Pavilion.

Fall Adult Softball Captains' Meetings –  August 17, Treaty Park Meetings at Solomon Calhoun Community Center for Men's and Co-ed Leagues. August 18, Mills Field Meetings at Mills Field Office for Men's, Co-ed , and Church Leagues.

Nature & Environmental Programs

For details about the following programs, please visit our County Naturalist page.

Fossils of the Sea – Join us August 12 for a fun and engaging walk and learn how to find and identify the different fossils found on Vilano Beach.

Sunset Under the Sea Join us August 21 a fun and engaging walk to learn about the different wildlife found under the sea and enjoy a beautiful sunset on Vilano Beach.

Sunset Stroll Join us August 21 to learn about the different flora and fauna found in Vaill Point Park while enjoying the sunset. Bring your questions and journals to record your findings.

Nocatee Sunset Kayak Trips Join us at the Nocatee Paddle throughout the month for beautiful guided trips of the Intracoastal Waterway and enjoy sunset on the water.

904 Naturalist Series Exploring the Life of Mammals In this 904 Naturalist Series, join us for online classes and field trips to learn about six different mammals indigenous to Northeast Florida.

Drive-in Astronomy We have partnered with Ancient City Astronomy Club (ACAC) for an educational evening that is out of this world! From the comfort of your vehicle, ACAC will lead an Astronomy 101 class that's all about the night sky on August 22 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds.

Cycles of Nature Join St. Johns County Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia and Marineland for a beautiful and educational sunrise walk on the beach. Just like the sun rises and sets every day, there are lots of things in nature that occur on a cyclical basis. This walk will focus on how nature tends to repeat itself and how humans can help protect these delicate cycles. September 3, 4, and 20, Butler Park East.

Owl and Sunset Symphony Join us on September 4 at Beluthahatchee Park to learn about owls and enjoy nature's symphony as you experience the transition from light to dark. Water birds and owls often come out to join the evening symphony. A representative from The Stetson Kennedy Foundation will share some local history.

Trout Creek Kayak Trips Join us in September for beautiful guided trips of Trout Creek and learn about the unique history and diverse wildlife of the area.

Nature Photography – Do you have a nice camera and always leave it on auto? Do you wish you could capture the amazing beauty of the nature around you? Then this basics in Nature Photography series is for you. Join local photographer Nicholle Goodnight for three hands-on workshops to sharpen your skills.

Florida Master Naturalist – Coastal Systems – Adults of all knowledge and skill levels are invited to join us to learn about Florida's expansive coastal environments. This course will go in depth on the flora and fauna of beaches, estuaries, and marine habitats. The course is entirely online and is comprised of twice a week classes and guided assignments to be completed on your own.

904 Naturalist Series – Exploring the Life of Plants – In this 904 Naturalist Series, study and research 10 native plants in their habitat. Online through Zoom. Field trip locations to be announced during classes.

ACA Quickstart Kayak Course – This 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. September 20 at Trout Creek Park and led by two Level 2 Certified ACA instructors.

Sunset Stroll at Canopy Shores Park – Join us September 25 and learn about the different flora and fauna found in Canopy Shores Park while enjoying the sunset. Bring your questions and journals to record your findings.

Facilities

New Playground at Al Wilke Park – A new playground is now available for use at Al Wilke Park, 6140 Main Street, Hastings. The playground replaces an older structure and includes three slides, four swings, a crawling tunnel, balance beam, two sit-n-spins, and a shaded area. Installed by Bliss Products, the playground is for children ages 5 to 12. The project also includes two additional accessible parking spaces and approximately 100 feet of sidewalk to connect the playground to existing restrooms. Learn more about Al Wilke Park here.

 

Project Updates

We thank residents and visitors for their patience as we work to improve our parks and facilities for St. Johns County residents and visitors. For more information, call 904-209-0333.

Floating Dock at Usina Boat Ramp – The floating dock at Usina Boat Ramp is currently closed due to Hurricane damage and is expected to be reopened in Winter 2020. 

St. Johns County Golf Course Master Plan Update – The St. Johns Golf Club is in the process of a potential Master Plan update that would include updating various aspects of the golf course.

Our Commitment

The St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department is committed to a thriving local park system, the opportunity for our residents and visitors to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles, and the preservation of the natural beauty of our environment. Explore the many ways Parks and Recreation is making our communities happier and healthier by providing a place where it all comes together – a sense of community, an appreciation of history, and a respect for nature.

Contact

For more information about the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department, please contact our main office, 2175 Mizell Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080, (904) 209-0333.


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