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News, Announcements & Programming

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

Beach Passes

2021 Annual Beach Driving Passes – St. Johns County resident passes are $50, non-resident passes: $100, accessible passes: $40. In addition, all 2020 annual beach driving passes have been extended through the 2021 beach season. If you purchased a 2020 pass, please retain your sticker, as they cannot be replaced and will require a purchase of a new pass. 2021 Beach Driving Passes

Youth Sports & Activities

For details about the following programs, please visit our Youth Activities page.

August Freshwater Fish Camp – August 2 through 6. Registration is open for our educational, week-long summer camp designed to teach children freshwater fishing skills and boater safety.

Summer Exploration Camps – Looking for an opportunity to that will allow your children a chance to explore the outdoors and gain valuable educational experience? Campers will explore our local ecosystems, study native wildlife, and attend a variety of field trips.

Adult Sports and Activities

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

Beach Volleyball Leagues – Join us for beach volleyball leagues at the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier. Leagues begin on April 5, open court and signups are being held through then.

Beach Yoga – Join us for yoga at the beach from 6 - 7 p.m. beginning April 6 at the Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. Each session is $25 and space is limited to 20 participants.

Nature & Environmental Programs

For more details including Fees and Registration; please visit our County Naturalist page.

Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants Guided Walks – Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and learn about the wild edibles and medicinal plants found in our parks. 

April Showers Bring May Flowers – Join Parks Naturalist Kelly Ussia for a Zoom discussion about Florida's wildflowers, how to identify them, and the wildlife that appreciates them.

Nature Photography – Join us for a hands-on class to sharpen your photography skills. Participants will need their own camera equipment, and must be at least 12 years old. 

Helen Mellon Schmidt Park Kayak Trips – Enjoy a guided kayak trip of the Matanzas and Summer Haven Rivers with Park Naturalists. Please note, these kayak trips are recommended for those with some kayaking experience due to tidal conditions.

904 Naturalist Workshop: Exploring the Life of Plants and Trees – In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to research plants and trees native and invasive to Florida, learn how to identify them, and discover their effect on the local ecosystem. This program takes place in the classroom and in the field.

City Nature Challenge 2021 – Join us and help celebrate this unique, interactive nature event and identify flora and fauna that live in St. Johns County Parks. Registration opens two weeks prior to event date.

Deep Creek Kayak Trips – Enjoy a guided kayak trip of the beautiful conservation lands at Deep Creek with St. Johns County Park Naturalists.

CleanSweep STA 2021 Beach Cleanup – Join CleanSweep STA for the annual May beach cleanup at the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. All supplies will be provided.

St. Johns Golf Club

For more details, please visit  www.sjgc.com

St. Johns Golf Club Receives Five North Florida Chapter PGA Awards – The Northern Chapter of the North Florida Section PGA (NFPGA) recently recognized the St. Johns Golf Club with several prominent awards during their annual awards meeting in January. St. Johns County received five of the organization's seventeen regional awards. St. Johns Golf Club Receives Five North Florida Chapter PGA Awards

Facilities

After Hours Emergency Maintenance Contact In our continuing effort to provide you with safe and well maintained Parks and Recreation facilities, we are offering an after hours emergency maintenance number (904) 814-3275. A maintenance staff person will be available to take your call and assist you after normal weekday operating hours and on the weekend.

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.

Frank Butler Park East Temporary Closure for Park Improvements – Frank Butler Park East, including the beach walkover, horseback riding beach access, and the parking lot, will be closed for park improvements beginning Monday, February 1. Phase one improvements will include additional parking spaces, parking lot surface improvements, beach walkover improvements, and new landscaping. The park and all beach access is scheduled to reopen in March. Phase two of the improvement project, scheduled for a date to be confirmed, will include renovating the bathrooms, adding ADA parking spaces, and constructing sidewalks. For more information on this project, please call Beach Services at 904.209.0331.

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.

After Hours Emergency Parks & Facilities Maintenance Contact: (904) 814-3275. A maintenance staff person will be available to take your call and assist you after normal weekday operating hours and on the weekend.


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