Join us as we volunteer at the 2nd Annual Talbot Tidewater Celebration for National Public Lands Day. Timucuan Parks Foundation staff and volunteers will be helping the host, Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks, with this free event showcasing the natural beauty and recreational opportunities provided at Talbot Islands State Parks as well as the rich Timucuan history.
You can attend this event to enjoy the day, or come with us to help out (email volunteer @ timucuanparks.org to sign up as a volunteer).
The free family-friendly event celebrates National Public Lands Day and its theme of “More Ways to Connect with Nature” with:
- games, exhibits and educational opportunities for all ages
- guided kayak and canoe trips through the marsh
- guided hikes with the Florida Trail Association and the Native Plant Society
- stand-up paddleboard yoga demonstrations with Kayak Amelia
- children’s activities like arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, artifact digs, an educational interactive EnviroScape® display by Timucuan Parks Foundation, and a kid’s fishing clinic with the National Park Service
- a chance to explore the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions’ Wildlife Alert Community Outreach Vehicle, sea turtle and gopher tortoise exhibits, Bingo, and more.
- fine artist Kathy Stark will be showing her paintings of our local wilderness parks and preserves and her book The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks.
- Dr. Keith Ashley, assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of North Florida, will have artifacts he and his team of students have found from archaeological digs on Big Talbot Island. He will also be giving two information talks inside the Ribault Club. Ashley has been exploring Big Talbot Island’s native American history, including the Grand Shell Ring from AD 1000 and the Mocama Timucua Village of Sarabay, which existed in AD 1500-1610.