ECO-EVENTS June 2013

June 7 – On the first Friday of each month, Tree Hill holds their Twilight Trek. Includes dinner, stories about local Florida natural history, hands-on experiments and a guided trail tour–including owl calling by UF Florida Master Naturalist and Tree Hill Executive Director Mark Mummaw. The program will last from 7 pm to 9:30 pm (times may be adjusted slightly to ensure we are out at dusk). Recommended for everyone 8 and older. $10/Members, $15/Non-members. 7152 Lone Star Rd. Info at 724-4646 or

June 20 – Several Ixia members will discuss Turning Non-native Yards into Native Gardens. They will show before and after landscapes and will discuss how they became interested in native plants, how they made decisions about plants to use in their gardens, and how they made landscaping decisions. The members will also answer questions from meeting attendees who are considering landscaping their properties with native plants. This meeting will benefit those that are thinking of “going native” but are unsure of the steps to take. Please bring photographs of your yard and your specific questions. Regency Square Public Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd.

June 27 – Paddle boarder Justin Riney will be at the Environmental Education Center to give a talk at the Expedition 500 Luncheon about his 365 day journey to paddleboard along Florida’s coastlines, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and marshlands and will help with the center’s oyster reef restoration project. Lunch will be provided. Takes place from 12-1 pm. The Environmental Education Center is located at 505 Guana River Rd. in Ponte Vedra.

Leave the kids at home and come enjoy a four-part series for adults only on gardening topics. Come for any one of them, or come for all. Duval County Extension staff will be offering these classes on Wednesday, June 19, Friday, June 21, Wednesday, June 26 and Friday, June 28 from 9:30 am-2 pm. Fee for class is $5. You can make a rain barrel (extra cost of $40) or a worm bin (extra cost of $10) or just enjoy training on some gardening subjects you always wanted to learn about.

June 19 – What is a Florida Friendly Yard, Native Plants, and Landscape Design for the Florida Homeowner Part 1.

June 21 – Edible Landscapes, Herbs in Small Spaces, Invasive Plants, The Value of Trees, Compost & Vermicompost (Make and take worm bins, optional – $10 extra)

Junee 26 – Landscape Design Part II, Color in the Landscape, Attracting Wildlife and Passalong Plants

June 28 – Rain Gardens, Reduce the Runoff, Check-up time for your Irrigation System, and Make and Take Rain Barrels (optional – $40 extra).

To register, go to or email [email protected] for a registration form to return payment by mail. Deadline to order optional worm bin is June 17th and rain barrel, June 24th. Bring a sack lunch; drinks will be provided.