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Fresh Air, Fitness, Friendship, and Fun

Fall 2020

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 virtual walks featuring Jacksonville’s parks and preserves and learn about the physical and mental benefits of recreating outdoors.

The Healthy Living walks are now virtual on Zoom. Free and open to all ages, but registration required below.

Next Virtual Walk

Watch this space for announcements about the next presentation in December.

The Isle of Sarabay Virtual Walk

Keith Ashley, UNF Assistant Professor of Anthropology, presented “The Archaeology and Indigenous History of the Isle of Sarabay (today’s Big Talbot Island),” a virtual tour of the rich Native American history of Big Talbot Island State Park, with special emphasis on the Grand Shell Ring (AD 1000) and the Mocama Timucua village of Sarabay (AD 1500-1610).

You can view the Zoom presentation here.

Hiker looking right, up at Half Dome wall

National Parks Virtual Walk

Did you miss July’s Healthy Living: A Year in Our National Parks virtual tour?

Mark Woods, columnist for The Florida Times-Union, talks about spending one year in the national parks, working on a project about the future of the parks. His journey started with a January 1 sunrise in Maine’s Acadia National Park and ended with a December 31 sunset in Hawaii’s Haleakala National Park. In the middle of the journey, Mark lost his mother—an event that changed the year, his project and subsequent book, Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks.

You can view the Zoom presentation here.