The 7 Creeks Recreation Area partners invite the community to join them for the third annual 7 Creeks Fest on Saturday, March 9. Timucuan Parks Foundation, the City of Jacksonville, Florida State Parks, the National Park Service, North Florida Land Trust, and Visit Jacksonville host the event which celebrates the collaboration of these park partners and the natural spaces within the 7 Creeks Recreation Area that are free for all to enjoy. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes family-friendly activities in multiple parks.
Sponsorship opportunities are available and range from the $1,000 Pine Uplands level to the $10,000 7 Creeks Presenting Sponsor. level. Those interested should contact [email protected] or call (904) 374-1107. Support of the event contributes to the preservation of healthy natural environments, deepens the community’s connection to public lands, and makes it possible for the Fest’s educational and transformative engagement activities be available for all for free. Click here to see more.
The 7 Creeks Fest showcases the 7 Creeks Recreation Area through activities that are free and open to the public. There will be guided hikes, hands-on nature activities, a camping clinic, kayaking, canoeing and biking. A Junior Ranger Angler Fishing Clinic for youth ages 6 to 17 will be held (registration will be required and will open soon). There will also be environmental exhibitors, live music, food trucks and more. More information can be found at 7creeksfest.org.
The 7 Creeks Recreation Area is 5,600 acres of contiguous parklands in northeast Jacksonville linked by more than 30 miles of trails and waterways. It includes Betz-Tiger Point Preserve, Cedar Point Preserve, Cedar Point (NPS), Jim Wingate Preserve, Bogey Creek Preserve, Pescatello Island and Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park. The 7 Creeks Recreation was made possible by the partnership of park agencies and supportive nonprofits working together to expand access and recreational opportunities for park visitors.
About Timucuan Parks Foundation
Timucuan Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization that preserves, promotes and enhances Jacksonville’s natural areas through community engagement, education and enjoyment. The foundation originated in 1999 with the Preservation Project Jacksonville, Inc. to identify and assist in acquiring the most vulnerable and environmentally sensitive lands in Duval County. The acquisition of lands created the largest urban park system in the United States. TPF works with its park partners, including the National Park Service, Florida State Parks and the City of Jacksonville, and other community partners to promote environmental stewardship, the health benefits of the parks and preserves, and an appreciation for Jacksonville’s special outdoor spaces.
About Parks, Recreation and Community Services
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) serves diverse populations of all ages and abilities through recreation activities and programs, conservation and marine resources, sports and entertainment, senior services, social services, disabled services, and extension services serving approximately 900,000 residents in Duval County. PRCS offers over 400 parks and recreational spaces. For more information about The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, visit COJ.net/departments/parks-and-recreation.
About Florida State Parks
The Florida Park Service is the proud recipient of four National Gold Medals for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, making Florida America’s first four-time Gold Medal winner. The awards were received in 1999, 2005, 2013 and 2019 from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association. Florida’s 175 state parks, trails and historic sites inspire residents and visitors with recreation opportunities and scenic beauty that help strengthen families, educate children, expand local economies, and foster community pride. With nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches, and more than 1,500 miles of multi-use trails, residents and visitors should plan to visit soon and often to enjoy Florida’s natural treasures. For more information, visit FloridaStateParks.org.
About National Park Service
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at NPS.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life by protecting North Florida’s irreplaceable natural environment. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through the donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit nflt.org.
About Visit Jacksonville
Visit Jacksonville is a Destinations International accredited Destination Marketing Organization contracted by the Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC) to champion business and leisure tourism growth in Jacksonville. For a closer look at all there is to see and do in Jacksonville, go to VisitJacksonville.com or contact 800-733-2668.