In partnership with City of Jacksonville, Florida State Parks, and National Park Service, our outdoor youth service-learning programs provide a fresh, hands-on approach to the ways learning can be integrated with the outdoors, empowering students to become avid learners, and enabling them to begin building a lifelong connection to the wilderness parks and other public lands.
Our youth programming serves to address issues of equity and access for historically underserved communities such as urban youth and young adults as well as children of active-duty service members. In addition, we help them overcome barriers to access by funding transportation to get youth to the parks.
Our goal is to encourage outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship as life-long pursuits.
Junior Ranger Angler
Let’s go fishing! Hosted by the Timucuan Parks Foundation and their National Park Service partner, the Junior Ranger Angler program teaches kids of all ages the basics of catch and release fishing, while promoting resource and environmental stewardships.
At each event, area youth will learn knot tying, baiting, rod casting, catch retrieval, hook removal, and safe release, all while promoting awareness of and appreciation for the ecology of the preserve and surrounding waters. Each event incorporates the use of the "Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing! Activity Booklet" and badge for the youth participants.
Celebrating diverse families in and around the city, these events provide opportunities for multi-generational learning and shared experiences among families. Each gathering features a multi-cultural history component focusing on the traditional lifeways of African American and/or Indigenous peoples and their connection to the land. With this program, the Timucuan Preserve hopes to broaden and strengthen connections with new audiences from the local military, African American, and Latino communities.