PARK CLOSURES & ONLINE RESOURCES
Public Health & Safety
All parks, preserves, and their facilities are CLOSED until further notice for public health and safety due to the coronavirus COVID-19.
Timucuan Parks Foundation is the nonprofit that provides programming, funding, and volunteers for City of Jacksonville preservation parks, the Talbot Islands State Parks (Florida State Parks), and the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve (National Park Service).
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Reach the parks virtually with these resources as we stay-at-home to stop the spread of CORVID-19:
VIRTUAL TOURS & PARK VIDEOS
- Take a virtual tour of Kingsley Plantation
- Explore the Timucuan Preserve’s museum collection
- Enjoy a 360° video kayak tour and Timucuan Preserve introduction
- Discover the history of the area’s people
- Schedule a Timucuan Preserve virtual field trip for your class
- Hike virtually through the Theodore Roosevelt Area in the Timucuan Preserve
- See Kingsley Plantation and other sites of Jacksonville’s African-American Heritage Trail
- Jacksonville’s Sense of Place – Timucuan Parks Foundation
- Jacksonville Parks – Explore Our Natural Wonderland
- Junior Ranger program for the Timucuan Preserve and Fort Caroline National Memorial (perfect for kids 4-12)
- Junior Ranger programs for all national parks
- How did the Timucuan make their own pottery? How to make your own.
- What would you write home as a 16th century settler?
- What is Spanish moss?
- Buddy Bison Backyard Bingo
- Explore the pollinators in your backyard
GAMES AND ACTIVITY & COLORING SHEETS
From our friends at the St. Johns River Water Management District and Visit Jacksonville
- Timucuan Preserve curriculum materials
- Kindergarten through 12th-grade lesson plans to assist in teaching various aspects of water resources, from the St. Johns River Water Management District
PARK CLOSURE DETAILS
City of Jacksonville/JaxParks
All City of Jacksonville parks will be CLOSED from the end of business Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice.
All park programming, including NatureScope programs, will be canceled. This will include volunteer projects that were currently on the schedule (such as the St. Johns River Cleanup).
These city closures include nature parks and preserves under Timucuan Parks Foundation’s purview:
- Alimacani Park and Boat Ramp
- Betz-Tiger Point Preserve
- Camp Milton Historic Preserve
- Castaway Island Preserve
- Cedar Point Preserve
- Dutton Island Preserve
- Huguenot Memorial Park
- Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail
- Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve
- Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
- Reddie Point Preserve
- Sal Taylor Creek Preserve
- Seaton Creek Historic Preserve
- 3/21/20 – St. Johns River Cleanup at multiple locations around the city
- 4/25/20 – 4/26/20 – Living History Weekend at Camp Milton Historic Preserve
Florida State Parks
Effective March 23, all state parks are CLOSED.
Effective March 21, state parks with beaches are closed. This includes Big Talbot Island, Little Talbot Island, and Amelia Island state parks.
Beginning March 19, visitor capacity will be reduced to less than 10 at parks with beaches and swimming areas.
Some state parks are OPEN for day use 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events, activities, special event reservations, pavilion rentals and camping reservations are canceled for the next 60 days.
On March 20, campgrounds and all overnight accommodations will be fully closed. Existing overnight camping reservations that begin Wednesday, March 18, will be honored. Visitors must arrive prior to 5 p.m. on March 18 to secure their reservation. After Wednesday, March 18, all reservations moving forward will be canceled and refunded.
Learn more at the Florida State Parks update page.
The TALBOT ISLANDS STATE PARKS are CLOSED.
• Amelia Island State Park (not under our purview) – closed March 21
• Little Talbot Island State Park – closed March 21
• Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park – closed March 23
• Ribault Club
– Closed effective Saturday, March 14
– Scheduled weddings will continue but additional bookings are suspended for the time being
• Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park – closed
National Park Service
Effective April 3, all Timucuan Preserve sites are CLOSED. This now includes Cedar Point, Theodore Roosevelt Area, and Spanish Pond.
“Effective immediately, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve will be closed to all park visitors until further notice. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website www.nps.gov/timu and social media channels.” —NPS Timucuan Preserve press release
Timucuan Preserve sites are CLOSED until further notice:
- Fort Caroline National Memorial, effective 3/17/20
- Kingsley Plantation, effective 3/17/20
- Ribault Column, effective 3/17/20
- Trails at Theodore Roosevelt Area and Spanish Pond, effective 4/3/20
- Cedar Point – trails and boat ramp, effective 4/3/20
- 3/23/20 – The Timucuan Preserve program National Speaker Series at the University Blvd Branch library.
- 3/30/20 – The second of the National Speaker series is canceled.
- 4/18/20 – World Migratory Bird Day at Fort Caroline National Memorial is canceled. Rescheduling to be determined.
- 5/2/20 – Ribault’s Landing at Fort Caroline National Memorial
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