7 Creeks Fest

7 Creeks Fest

April 2 in Jacksonville, FLorida

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*Spring 2023 Update Coming Soon*

Thank you to visitors, partners, concessionaires, and exhibitors who made the 2022 inaugural Fest such a great success!

Saturday, April 2, 2022 • 10AM – 3PM

FEST WELCOME HUB:
Betz-Tiger Point Preserve
13990 Pumpkin Hill Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32226

7 Creeks Fest 2022

Celebrate and Explore the7 Creeks Recreation Area

The 7 Creeks Fest invites you to celebrate and explore the scenic waterways, diverse ecosystems, and winding trails of the 7 Creeks Recreation Area. Spread throughout the connected wilderness parks and preserves surrounded by seven creeks, this family-friendly, fun event raises awareness of these preserved public lands and how we can help protect them.

The fest highlights the area’s recreational opportunities, local efforts to enhance and protect these green spaces, and offers nature-themed activities and exhibits that emphasize education and environmentally-responsible adventures.

Free admission & activitiesCome Early and Spend the Day!

Fun for Everyone

Live Music | Environmental Exhibits | Kid’s Arts & Crafts | Guided Walks | Food Trucks | Group Bike Ride | 7 Creeks Trail Hike | And More!

Weather Note

Fest organizers are monitoring the weather forecast and any changes to the 7 Creeks Fest schedule will be will announced on this web page, on Timucuan Parks Foundation social media channels, and to the media.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Check In at the Welcome Hub

Check in at the Fest Welcome Hub to get information, then choose your own adventure! Bring your own recreational equipment, or try ours for free (supplies are limited).

Bingo Scavenger Hunt and Geocache Challenge

The Bingo Scavenger Hunt and Geocache Challenge take you throughout the 7 Creeks area. You can drive between the parks to take part in the nature activities in each location in addition to the Bingo Scavenger Hunt and Geocache Challenge.

7 Creeks Trail Hike at 10AM

Interested in tackling the 7 Creeks Trail? You can hike the entire 7 miles with a guided group convening 10AM at Edwards Creek Trailhead for signup and then carpooling/shuttling to the south end to start the walk. Complete the hike to get a 7 Creeks Trail sticker!

Activities

  • Archeology Talk
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Audio Tour
  • Bingo Scavenger Hunt
  • Birding Walk
  • Canoeing*
  • Dip Netting
  • Exhibitor Area
  • (Prescribed) Fire Demo
  • Fishing Clinic for kids*
  • Food Trucks
  • Geocache Challenge
  • Group Bike Ride
  • Hike Entire 7 Creeks Trail
  • History Hike
  • Live Music
  • Kayaking*
  • Nature Hike
  • Welcome/Orientation
  • Wildflower Walk
  • Yoga (bring a towel/yoga mat)

Bring your own recreational equipment, or try ours for free (supplies are limited):

  • Fishing for kids
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Biking

Map & Schedule

Fishing Clinic for Kids

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Online registration for the Junior Ranger Angler fishing clinic is CLOSED.

The clinic is full at this time.

Another fishing clinic is being planned for spring/summer — please sign up to our email list (at the bottom of this page) or follow our social media channels for those announcements.

This program is being presented in partnership by Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and Timucuan Parks Foundation with a grant from the National Park Foundation.

Unique Exhibitors and Engaging Learning Opportunities

Connect with a variety of exhibitors focused on environmental conservation and education, outdoor recreation, paddling and fishing, and other outdoor activities.

  • Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
  • Florida State Parks
  • JaxParks
  • North Florida Land Trust
  • Timucuan Parks Foundation
  • Visit Jacksonville
  • Cosmo Historical Preservation Corporation
  • Earth Kinship
  • First Coast Invasive Working Group
  • Florida Forest Service
  • Florida Native Plant Society, Ixia Chapter
  • Florida Trail Association, North Florida Trailblazers
  • Florida Youth Maritime Training
  • Friends of JaxParks Geocachers
  • Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks
  • Groundwork Jacksonville
  • Jacksonville Gullah Geechee Nation CDC
  • Jacksonville Marine Charities
  • Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens WILD Program
  • Keep Jacksonville Beautiful/Clean It Up Green It Up
  • REI
  • Safe Kids Northeast Florida
  • Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group
  • St. Johns Riverkeeper
  • Turtle Survival Alliance
  • UNF Archaeology Lab
  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Become a Fest Exhibitor

Is your company or organization focused on nature, science, outdoor recreation, education, conservation, or the environment? We are looking for exhibitors like you to participate in 7 Creeks Fest! Complete our Exhibitors form to apply.

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Things to Bring

It’s a good idea to bring these with you because the parks are remote and you will only find nature there:

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Camp chair or picnic blanket
  • Snacks or a picnic*
  • A pretty full tank of gas for your car

*The Fest features food trucks so there is an opportunity to purchase food. There will also be water stations for refilling your water bottle.

Park and Trail Etiquette

To protect public lands and wildlife, please follow these rules of the outdoors:

  • Dogs must be on 6-foot leash.
  • Dispose of bagged dog waste in trash receptacles.
  • Admire plants and wildlife from afar, keep a safe distance.
  • Leave No Trace / Pack in & Pack Out – take your litter with you when you leave the trails.
  • Bike riders yield to hikers.
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Thank You to Our Our Community Partners

  • Adventure Kayak Florida
  • Boy Scout Troop 37
  • Cosmo Historical Preservation Corporation
  • Duval Audubon Society
  • Florida Native Plant Society, Ixia Chapter
  • Florida Trail Association, North Florida Trailblazers
  • Friends of JaxParks Geocachers
  • Girl Scout Troop 1038
  • Kayak Amelia
  • Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group
  • UNF Archaeology Lab students and Dr. Keith Ashley
  • Will Dickey Photography
  • Yoga by Julie

Become a Fest Sponsor

The inaugural 7 Creeks Fest is a free community event. The generous support of sponsors will help us present it to the community. To learn about sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact us by emailing [email protected].

Become a Fest Volunteer

We need volunteers to make 7 Creeks Fest a success. We are looking for dedicated volunteers the day of the event to help with table set-up and break down, supporting visitors, and much more. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Fill out the volunteer application form to indicate your interest.

7 Creeks Fest is modeled on Marsh Fest which originated at Dutton Island Preserve in Atlantic Beach, a biennial event that became so popular that it outgrew little Dutton Island. The park agencies and nonprofits have partnered to revive the celebration of our saltwater marshes and other ecosystems by hosting 7 Creeks Fest in the more expansive 7 Creeks Recreation Area.

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Discover the 7 Creeks Recreation Area

The 7 Creeks Recreation Area offers visitors 30+ miles of trails that could occupy days of hiking, biking, horseback riding and exploring diverse ecosystems, making each mile a new adventure. This collection of parks and preserves is home to thousands of acres of unspoiled lands surrounded by expansive saltmarsh of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve that offers an extensive network of tidal creeks for kayakers, boaters, paddleboarders and fishermen.

7 Creeks | 7 Parks and Preserves | 30+ Miles of Trails on 5,600 Connected Acres

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