Explore Jacksonville's Wilderness Parks


Who We Are

We’re the friends group to the wilderness parks.

We’re the nonprofit dedicated to preserving, promoting, and enhancing Jacksonville’s natural areas through community engagement, education and enjoyment. We are committed to connecting our community to the wilderness parks and preserves of the Greater Jacksonville Area by providing enriching experiences and protecting these natural and historic spaces for generations to come.

What We Do

With support from people like you, we help connect the community to Jacksonville’s wilderness parks through outdoor exploration, volunteering, and funding grants for restoration projects, educational programs, and research.


Celebrating and Supporting the Wilderness Parks and Preserves of Jacksonville, Florida

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Whether you are looking to hike, camp, fish, bike, kayak, picnic or surf, Timucuan Parks Foundation provides the information and resources you need to plan a safe and enjoyable trip to a park or preserve in the Jacksonville area.


Get Involved

Support Timucuan Parks Foundation by volunteering as an individual or with a group, participate in special events and activities, or make a donation to support community engagement and education.


Learn & Engage

Discover the history of Timucuan Parks Foundation, learn about local environmental stewardship efforts and healthy living initiatives, and check out our traveling exhibit or attend our science and history symposium.


Connect with Nature in a Meaningful Way

We invite you to connect with nature, explore the great outdoors and discover the natural beauty of Jacksonville. Winding trails, scenic vistas, nature preserves and family-friendly wilderness parks are found throughout Jacksonville, most within a half-hour drive from downtown. We are here to help you experience these natural and cultural gems spread over 86,000 expansive acres that make up one of the largest urban park systems in America.

Our Impact in 2023

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856 volunteers contributed 3,024 volunteer hours to steward the wilderness parks and preserves

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Facilitated access for 843 community members through outdoor recreational and environmental stewardship activities, focusing on historically underrepresented communities, at 38 parks and preserves



Presented at community outreach events and speaking engagements to community organizations



Provided funding to park partners and community organizations

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Discover the Past, Protect the Future

The history of our parks began with more than 10,000 years of human habitation by the indigenous Timucua people, long before French and Spanish explorers reached the First Coast. With your support, these same parks and preserves will endure and provide future generations the opportunity to enjoy the same beautiful spaces we treasure today.

The Latest News

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Self-guided Cleanups in the Parks

7 Creeks Recreation Area

Explore 5,600 Acres of Land and Sea

What People Are Saying

"Timucuan Parks Foundation has helped me discover so many hidden treasures throughout Jacksonville. We are so lucky to have an organization committed to connecting people with the these amazing spaces hidden in our own back yards."

Jessica Fowler

"There are so many different trails to explore all over Jacksonville. Each park and trail is so different and you get to explore all the different ecosystems. I love that Timucuan Parks Foundation is here to help preserve these trails."

Becca Sinyard

"Timucuan Parks Foundation has helped me discover so many hidden treasures throughout Jacksonville." 

Sam Smith