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Timucuan Parks Foundation’s Executive Director Stepping Down and Interim Executive Director Appointed

December 6, 2023

Timucuan Parks Foundation, a leading land conservation organization in Jacksonville, has appointed Mayda Velez, who has been with the foundation for more than a decade, as its new interim executive director. Velez, the foundation’s operations and communications director, replaces current executive director Mark Middlebrook, who will remain with the foundation as its Senior Advisor/Preservation Project.  The changes were approved by … Read more

July is Park and Recreation Month

July 20, 2023

July is Park and Recreation Month, and this year’s theme is “Where Community Grows.” Jacksonville is surrounded by natural spaces saved for public benefit, the majority of which are free for all to enjoy.  Here at Timucuan Parks Foundation, we are all about bringing the community to the parks. It is our mission and we do it with the community’s … Read more

Timucuan Parks Foundation and Timucuan Preserve Announce 2023 Student Research Grant Awards

July 19, 2023

Timucuan Parks Foundation and the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve have awarded $1000 and $500 grants, respectively, to two University of North Florida (UNF) students. Victoria Hayes, an undergraduate student of anthropology, and Hunter Mathews, a graduate student and research assistant in the biology department, will be conducting research in the Timucuan Preserve. Each project will be … Read more

Timucuan Parks Foundation chosen by National Park Trust and National Park Service as a 2023 Challenge Cost Share Awardee

June 15, 2023

The National Park Trust, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), recently announced $375,1000 to fund 18 education and outdoor recreation projects through the 2023 NPS Challenge Cost Share Program. Each project connects a local community to a nearby national park, national trail, or wild and scenic river. This year’s group of awardees will engage more than 8,600 participants … Read more

Timucuan Parks Foundation Invites Community to Debut of New Timucuan Trails Lager from Ink Factory Brewing

June 15, 2023

Timucuan Parks Foundation invites the community to the launch party of the Timucuan Trails Lager by Ink Factory Brewing to learn about the nonprofit’s work supporting local wilderness parks and trails. The brewery created the beer as a collaboration to help raise awareness and support for Timucuan Parks Foundation’s programming, promotion, and volunteer efforts in Jacksonville’s national, state, and city … Read more

Timucuan Parks Foundation’s Trail Team helped with shoreline restoration at Kingsley Plantation

February 23, 2023

The Timucuan Parks Foundation Trail Team volunteers recently took part in a project at Kingsley Plantation to help stabilize the shoreline and restore habitat by building and repairing reef molds made from recycled oyster shells. Together with students from the University of North Florida and the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve rangers, the volunteers spent the morning … Read more

Timucuan Parks Foundation joined NPS for a Junior Ranger Angler Fishing Clinic for Blue Star Families

January 27, 2023

To bring accessible fishing opportunities and environmental education to local military families, Timucuan Parks Foundation recently teamed up with the National Park Service Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve for a Junior Ranger Angler Fishing Clinic for Blue Star Families Jacksonville. About 25 families from Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay participated in the … Read more

Timucuan Parks Foundation had a great turnout for MLK Day of Service

January 17, 2023

Dozens of volunteers came out to Blue Cypress Park yesterday to join Timucuan Parks Foundation for a MLK Day of Service event. The group of 47 volunteers spent the morning cleaning up litter from under the boardwalk at the fishing pier and along the shoreline. MLK Day of Service is a nationwide observance celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther … Read more

For National Take a Hike Day, Try a Short or Long Hike at 7 Creeks

November 17, 2022

Today is National Take a Hike Day – a day designed to celebrate the beauty of a nature walk. We know it’s a Thursday and most of you have work and with the early sunset, a hike on National Take a Hike Day might not be a possibility for you. If that is the case, just celebrate on another day. … Read more

For Florida Paddlesports Month, Here’s How to Access the 7 Creeks

November 4, 2022

November is Florida Paddlesports Month, a perfect time to ask yourself: “Are there really seven creeks in 7 Creeks Recreation Area?” Yes, there are! 7 Creeks Recreation Area is a connection of parks and preserves on Jacksonville’s north side and you can use various launch points to access Bogey Creek, Clapboard Creek, Cedar Point Creek, Edwards Creek, Fitzpatrick Creek, Horseshoe … Read more