Timucuan Adventure Day
January 26, 2013 10:00 am-3:00 pm
11241Fort George Road Jacksonville, FL 32226
11:00 am- Nature photography Workshop with Jen Morgan- In this introduction to nature photography Jen will emphasize the importance of shooting from different perspectives and examining the natural world through a camera lens.
Jen Morgan Biography
MFA, Studio Art, Florida State University
BAFA, Studio Art, University of New Mexico
Jennifer Morgan teaches photography courses at The Art Institute of Jacksonville, and has been a college instructor for the past ten years. Her personal work is topographic in nature and focuses on the exploration of both natural and man-made spaces, such as desert landscapes, coastal barrier islands, and modern architecture. Jen Morgan website is www.jen-morgan.com
11:30 am -Natural History Program Lesley Royce - Retired naturalist with the City of Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department will be doing a natural history program with her barred owl, Merlin.
12:00 pm- Timucuan Technology The Timucua lived in this area for almost 4000 years, using the natural resources around them to meet their basic needs. The Florida Public Archaeology Network's half-hour workshop offers a hands-on look at how Timucuans exploited wild plants from northeast Florida for food, medicine, tools and more. Attendees will practice making cordage out of natural fibers and experiment to see how effective plant-based technology could be.
1:00 pm- Hike with a Ranger- Ever wonder about the critters that call Fort George Island home? Well then, take a nature hike with a Florida Park Service Ranger and learn Fort George Island History and ecology and the animals that live here.The nature hike will leave from the Ribault Club heading north on the Fort George Trail towards Point Isabel. Hikers are also invited to bring a camera along and experiment with nature photography.
2:00pm- Living History demonstration showing the journey of Sea Island Cotton, from the field into cloth. Watch a reenactor card, spin, and weave cotton.
Activities Available All Day
European Matchlock Gunfiring with National Park Service Ranger Craig
Ranger Craig donned in period costume, will demonstrate the weaponry of choice carried by early French, Spanish, and English explorers of Florida. The classic European matchlock gun held a burning slow match in a clamp at the end of a small curved lever known as the serpentine. Upon the pulling of a lever protruding from the bottom of the gun and connected to the serpentine, the clamp dropped down, lowering the smoldering match into the flash pan and igniting the priming powder. The flash from the primer traveled through the touch hole igniting the main charge of propellant in the gun barrel.
Cross Bows for Kids- The Preserve's popular "Crossbows for Kids" program, where children of all ages are invited to fire reproduction crossbow bolts at targets.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Wildlife trailer-Participants will learn to recognize various creatures by the tracks they leave in the sand.
Bee Knees under the Trees- Enjoy the carefree days of the Roaring 20s and step back into time with lawn games of yesteryear.
Kayak Amelia will be on site to provide a short overview on kayaking safety. Then visitors may practice their paddling technique on the shallow waters near the Ribault Club. Kayak Amelia will also provide a touch tank featuring critters commonly found in the waters of the Timucuan Preserve.
EcoMotion Tours will provide "feets-on training" with cross-terrain segways on the beautiful lawn of the Ribault Club. In addition, EcoMotion Tours donated a Segway Tour-for-Two to Timucuan Trial Parks Foundation's silent auction. Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation will conduct a silent auction for Segway Tour-for-Two and other items, with the proceeds supporting preservation efforts within Timucuan Trail Parks.
There will be other hands-on activities and exhibits from area environmental organizations. Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation will conduct a silent auction for a Segway Tour-for-Two and other items, with the proceeds supporting preservation efforts within Timucuan Trail Parks. No refreshments will be available for purchase, so bring a picnic, a blanket and come experience salt marshes, wildlife, miles of trails, historic sites, and the great outdoors!
Did You Know?
The planter's house at Kingsley Plantation, a unit of the Timucuan Preserve, is the oldest plantation house still standing in Florida. More...