The hands-on lesson will take place on Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Jan. 4, Timucuan Parks Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition at the Museum of Science and History will feature a special activity presented by the National Park Service. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., NPS will be teaching museum-goers about the benefits of living shorelines and how they are used to protect historic structures. A living shoreline utilizes natural materials like plants, sand or rocks to provide a protective and stabilized coastal edge. Participants will also be able to design their own living shoreline that they can take home.
The living shoreline activity is one of many monthly activities NPS will be presenting during TPF’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition at MOSH which runs through May 31, 2020. The exhibition, titled “Celebrate and Explore Our Wilderness Parks,” features information about TPF’s decades of work to protect local parks and preserves and what they are doing moving forward to promote and enhance the natural areas.
On display is artwork from local artists including fine artist Kathy Stark, photographer Will Dickey and photographer and videographer Tom Schifanella. Stark has four new paintings at the exhibition. There is a video of drone footage from Schifanella and still images taken by Dickey. There are also panels that highlight the nonprofit organization’s accomplishments over the last 20 years as well as their current resiliency, health, engagement and park development initiatives.
The 7 Creeks Trail Partnership and the Barrier Islands Parks are two new focuses for TPF and their park partners, including the City of Jacksonville, Florida State Parks and the National Park Service. The purpose is to help the community identify parts of town that incorporate a number of preservation areas they can visit. TPF is also working to promote the parks for their sense of place and sense of well-being.