eco events – february

Feb 2 Come to this year’s WaterFest, a water education day at MOSH, the Museum of Science and History. St. Johns Riverkeeper will be offering free 30-Minute boat tours, plus much more. Check back for details. 10-2pm

Feb 9 Have you ever dreamed of assisting in the maintenance of a historic fort from the 1860s or helping park visitors enjoy a day at the beach or hike along an oak trail? Fort Clinch State Park invites residents to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available at the Volunteer Orientation Day on Saturday, Feb, 9, 2013 at the visitor center between 11 am and 1 pm. For more information, please contact Park Volunteer Coordinator Marie Bucher at (904) 277-7233.

Feb 9 Get up early and take a hike! The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve will host a trail walk every second Saturday from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. Join GTM Research Reserve staff and/or volunteer for a 1.5 mile walk that the entire family will enjoy. Meet at the Trailhead pavilion. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee.
Reservations are requested. You can make reservations via Eventbrite or by calling (904) 823-4500.

Feb 11 Sierra Club, Northeast Group will host James Reed, City of Jax Bicycle/ Pedestrian Coordinator on the Master Bike and Pedestrian Plan, Chris LeDew, FDOT on the Complete Streets Program involving walking and bike goals, and Valerie Feinberg, Director or Urban Planning for NE FL on the Safe Route to School Program and Healthy Community Design Plans. February 11, 6:30 pm, Lakewood Presbyterian Church (rear of education bldg), 2001 University Blvd. W. Free. All welcome. Please bring your own cup to reduce waste in the landfill. Janet Larson 247-1876

Feb 16 & 23-The Timucuan Preserve is approaching an important milestone. The preserve was established on February 16, 1988 with the goal of protecting the critical wetlands and cultural legacy of Northeast Florida. In 2013, we celebrate 25 years of connecting people to this rich landscape. This special occasion coincides with another of the park’s loved traditions, the Kingsley Heritage Celebration. To mark these two events, the National Park Service invites the public to the 15th Annual Kingsley Heritage Celebration the last two Saturdays in February. Visitors will be able to celebrate in many ways. Gospel choirs will help us rejoice in the rich legacy of the plantation period. A Gullah storyteller will regale young and old with tales of Gullah folklore. A living timeline will transport visitors through the entire history of Fort George Island. A Kids’ Corner will provide families with nature crafts and activities sure to bring a smile. For more information, call 251-3537, or go to

Feb 21 Enjoy an evening of wine (21 and up) and cheese coupled with a conversation about pivotal pieces of environmental literature at the Tree Hill Nature Center’s Environmental Book Club. These discussions will be facilitated by author, WJCT literary commentator and Tree Hill staffer Stacey Goldring. February’s book is Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Get 20% off this title if you buy it at The Book Nook on University Boulevard West and mention that you’re a member of the Tree Hill Book Club. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Feb 23 Greenscape will host the 6th Annual Root Ball at The Museum of Jacksonville, formerly the Jacksonville Art Museum. The event is a carefree, casual evening of good food and good times. Environmentally casual attire (jeans) is the rule of the evening that begins with music and is followed by fabulous food and entertainment. To be certain you receive an invitation, contact Greenscape! 7 pm.

Mar 1 Expand your understanding of Florida’s natural environment at Tree Hill with their Twilight Treks. Twilight Treks include dinner, stories about local Florida natural history, hands-on experiments and a guided trail tour – including owl calling. Treks are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers and include admission, dinner, and all program activities from 7 pm-9:30 pm. Visitors can sign up online at This program is recommended for everyone 8 and older. Direct sign up link: or start from their website at