• Sunrise over the Fort George River in the Timucuan Preserve.


    Ecological & Historic Preserve Florida

Timucuan Adventure Day

citizen science

Student learning about water quality from a local volunteer. 

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February 1, 2014

The annual Timucuan Adventure Day is designed to inspire children and the entire community to get involved in protecting Jacksonville's national treasure by exploring the unique and diverse resources within the Timucuan Preserve. The event which features hands-on activities for all ages is free and open to the public.

Activity: Timucuan Insects: Facts and Myths
Times: Anytime between 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Fort Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Fort Caroline Road Jacksonville, FL 32225

We've all had experiences with insects, some good and some bad. The world would be a very different place without the services insects provide. There would be no honey, no fruits, and the world would be covered by dead trees and animals without insects to help decompose them. The fact is, we need insects for our survival. Insects are everywhere, especially within Timucuan Preserve. Visit Fort Caroline National Memorial in the morning to help researchers collect insects from several different habitats in the area. Then help the entomologists (special insect scientist) identify and label what is collected. Did you know that most spiders do not bite people or that ants can lift and carry more than fifty times their own weight? Discover this and other interesting insect facts during the insect inventory. Please wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes.

Activity: The Big Anchor Project
Times: Anytime between 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Fort Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Fort Caroline Road Jacksonville, FL 32225

As long as people have been using boats, people have been using anchors. These old anchors provide a glimpse into our maritime history and may be the last physical remnant of a ship or an incident at sea. Often anchors are found in unlikely places, such as private gardens or as a decoration at a restaurant. Attend the Big Anchor Project workshop to learn about types of anchors and how you can help record this lost history with something as common as a smartphone! Help make Florida one of the most documented places in the world!

Activity: Rain Watching 101
Times: Anytime between 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Location: Fort Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Fort Caroline Road Jacksonville, FL 32225

The Timucuan Preserve, in partnership with the University of North Florida, introduces the Fort Caroline National Memorial Weather Observatory. The weather station is part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network or CoCoRaHS for short. CoCoRaHS is a grassroots, non-profit, community-based, precipitation-monitoring network of volunteers who take daily measurements of rain in their own backyards. How many times have you heard the rainfall report from an official gauge and thought to yourself, "That's not how much I got?" This is your chance to help by providing your daily precipitation data. Be trained on how to make accurate observations about local precipitation and how you can share that information globally.

Activity: Pretty Plankton and Fun Fish Survey
Times: On the hour between 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Ribault Club State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road Jacksonville, FL 32226

There are a lot of living creatures in the rivers and marshes of the Timucuan Preserve. Fish and crabs are easy to spot, but organisms called plankton are too small to see. Plankton form the foundation of the aquatic food web and that makes them very important! Help us answer, "What's in the river?" by collecting and analyzing water samples. Use a microscope and projector to view the tiny organisms you collected. We will also have water quality testing kits to determine the pH (acidity), temperature, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity (cloudiness) of the area you sampled. Then visit the Florida Park Service Ranger and help find fun fish with a seine net. As a citizen scientist, be sure to bring family and friends to help record the data and count the number of different plankton and fish in your samples.

Activity: I-Spy Birds Kayak Tours
Tour Times: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm 10:30 am- 12:30 pm 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
Location: Ribault Club State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road Jacksonville, FL 32226

Timucuan Preserve is home to many types of birds. Some birds live here year round, while others only visit for a short time. Help us identify and count our feathered friends on a guided kayak tour. Learn how to identify common birds found around Timucuan Preserve while playing I-Spy. Space is limited and reservations are free on a first come, first served basis. All reservations must be made in advance using the eventbrite online ticketing system (website below). Any open slots/no-shows/ or canceled reservations will be filled the day of the event with park guests present at time of the kayak launch. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to sign-in and get fitted for life vest. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. Have a question? Contact Biological Science Technician Cicely at 904-221-7567x117 or by e-mail at Cicely_Pontiflet@nps.gov Kayak Tour Reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-spy-bird-kayak-tours-tickets-10082574251

Activity: Timucuan Preserve Picture Post
Times: During Park Hours
Location: Throughout Timucuan Preserve

Timucuan Preserve in collaboration with the Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation and the Florida Park Service are proud to announce the establishment of picture posts throughout the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Picture posts are permanent 8-sided platforms for taking 360 degree panoramic photographs of an entire landscape. These sets of photographs, taken on different days, help document changes to the land and water. This is a part of the Digital Earth Watch (DEW) network, which supports environmental monitoring by citizens, students and community organizations through digital photography and satellite imagery. Stop by the visitor centers at Fort Caroline National Memorial, Kingsley Plantation, the Ribault Club, or the Little Talbot Island Ranger Station to pick-up a list of current picture post locations. When you encounter a picture post, follow the instructions on the post and snap 9 photos - 8 of the landscape and 1 of the sky. Then upload them to http://picturepost.unh.edu/. The photos will be used to monitor important resources within Timucuan Preserve.
Kayaking father and child
A father and daughter enjoying the 2013 Timucuan Adventure Day kayak trip. 
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