With acres upon acres of state and county parks throughout our area, St. Augustine and St. Johns County are the perfect places to get outside and learn. From yoga on the beach to wildlife education, there’s plenty to do this month. So we’ve rounded up seven talks, tours, classes, and lectures hosted by the state and county parks that are happening during the rest of July. Finish out this month by exploring the world around you!
Sunset Dolphin Beach Walk
July 18 and 21, 7:30pm
Admire the beautiful beach sunset and keep a look out for dolphins as you walk along the sand with an experienced guide. The St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Marineland Dolphin Adventure to teach you all about the anatomy and behavior of local dolphin and whale species. The program is free, but you will need to register.
Yoga for Kids at the Beach
Frank B. Butler Park
July 20, 4pm
Let your little ones learn to relax their mind and body with some simple, kid-friendly stretches, exercises, and activities. Loose clothing is suggested, and you will need to bring your own towel or mat. The program is free and open to kids 5-12 years old.
Saltwater Fishing Clinic for Kids
Washington Oaks State Park
July 20 and 27, 9am
In these popular classes, kids will learn how to identify saltwater fish and how to use a rod, reel, and tackle. All the necessary supplies will be provided by the park. The clinic is $20 per person and open to kids 8-17. Advance registration is required and clinics sell out fast! Email [email protected] or call (386) 446-6783 to confirm availability.
Anastasia State Park
July 22, 8:30am
Led by a naturalist and a park volunteer, this guided bird walk is perfect for amateur ornithologists and bird watchers of all levels. Anastasia State Park is home to a variety of bird species –shorebirds, marsh birds, and hammock birds. The tour begins at the Island Beach Shop & Grill. It is free with park admission.
Let’s Talk Turtle
Anastasia State Park
July 25, 10am
Here’s your chance to learn all about sea turtles! Learn more about how to identify them, how they nest and hatch, and how we can help them survive in our dangerous oceans. The program is free with park admission. The tour will start at the Island Beach Shop & Grill.
Sunset and Full Moon Paddle
Salt Run at Anastasia State Park
July 27, 7:15pm
Enjoy the splendid views of the sun setting and moon rising over the stunning Salt Run. The guided tour can be enjoyed on a stand-up paddleboard, single or tandem kayak, or a private boat. The tour is $35 per person (which includes boat rental, life jackets, and paddles) or $20 per person if you provide your own boat.
GTM Research Reserve
Second and Fourth Saturdays, 9am
On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, the Guana Tolomato MatanzasNational Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) hosts classes for the whole family to learn how to use seine nets to collect various fish and crab species. The free event is led by a naturalist and all necessary gear is provided.
Find more events in St. Augustine by visiting our online calendar of events!