Healthy Living: Fresh Air, Fitness, Friendship, and Fun
Numerous studies have shown that as we grow older, our health may decline from lack of exercise and, more importantly, loneliness and isolation. Join Timucuan Parks Foundation and AARP Jacksonville for monthly walks in Jacksonville’s parks and preserves and learn some new pathways to healthy living.
The Healthy Living walks are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Please wear comfortable shoes, sun protection, and bring a water bottle for hydration. We provide snacks.
Free and open to all ages, but registration required.
February 19 – Healthy Living: The Art of Our Wilderness Parks
Museum of Science & History (MOSH) and the Southbank Riverwalk
“Timucuan Parks Foundation: Celebrate and Explore Our Wilderness Parks” is a special exhibition at MOSH that highlights the area’s national, state, and city parks and preserves and recognizes the sense of place and sense of well-being they provide. Artist Kathy Stark will guide us through the 20th Anniversary exhibition of paintings, photography, and special video of Jacksonville’s wilderness parks followed by a 1.2-mile breezy walk along the St. Johns River on the paved Southbank Riverwalk.
March 11 – Healthy Living: Nature’s Wonders
Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park
Visit with city park naturalist Jean Schubert at the Tillie Fowler nature center and enjoy a one to two-mile walk on a path that immerses you in the natural beauty and rich history of one of Jacksonville’s premier wilderness park.
April 8 – Healthy Living: Hike into History ** THIS EVENT IS CANCELED **
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans brought to the U.S. Join the National Park Service for a tour of the Planter’s House, the slave cabins, and the grounds of Kingsley Plantation to remember those enslaved here, honor their stories, recognize their hardships and celebrate their contributions.
May 11 – Healthy Living: The Birds!
Huguenot Memorial Park
Note: This is a Monday walk. Described as one of the best birding sites on the east coast of Florida, Huguenot Memorial Park is home to thousands of royal terns, laughing gulls, and other species during nesting season. Set out on a two-mile ranger-guided walk of the park and portions of the Great Florida Birding Trail, talk to wildlife photographers, and view the nesting birds up close through spotting scopes.
Tentative dates: September 9, October 14, November 4, December 9