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Small Spits – ponds, creeks & lakes

BY KATIE SALZ, Program Manager, Tree Hill Nature Center The St. Johns River runs from the south to the north, meandering just over 300 miles until it reaches Mayport and heads for the Atlantic Ocean. It starts as the St. Johns Marsh in Indian River County, 100 miles south of Orlando. At Tree Hill Nature Center, we have our own piece of the St. Johns flowing across the 50 acres for which we care. The Red Bay Branch and Howland Creeks runs across Tree Hill before meeting up with the Strawberry Creek. The Strawberry Creek flows into the Arlington River, …

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UNIVERSAL’S VOLCANO BAY

UNIVERSAL’S VOLCANO BAY REVEALED: UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED WATER THEME PARK TO OPEN IN 2017 Volcano Bay to Become Universal Orlando’s Third Theme Park, A One-of-A-Kind Paradise Filled with Adventure-Drenched Thrills, Relaxing Indulgence and Rejuvenation International. A lush, tropical oasis unfolds before you, instantly transporting you to a little known Pacific isle. In the distance, a colossal volcano rises above a sparkling beach, boasting majestic waterfalls by day and blazing lava by night. Welcome to Universal’s Volcano Bay– a radically-innovative water theme park opening next year at Universal Orlando Resort. Spanning 28 fully immersive acres, Universal Orlando’s third theme park …

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Sprinkle a Dash of Salt in Your Life!

Salt Life is more than just a slogan; it’s a lifestyle that’s reflected in everything from the surfers, anglers, boaters, sun worshipers, and simple appreciators of island time. It’s Pura Vida. The first annual will celebrate it all Saturday, June 18 at the SeaWalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. Festival director has assembled an eclectic lineup of artists to reflect the nature of the salt life with , , , , , , and headliner . “First and foremost, [Salt Life] will be reflected in the music. Our lineup is such a terrific array of talent. Everything from the steel drum …

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Angolan Colobus Monkey Born at the Zoo

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) is thrilled to announce the birth of an Angolan colobus monkey on Friday, May 27. The infant is the first for mother, Moshi, and sixth for father, Andy. While there have been Guereza colobus born at JZG, this is the first time an Angolan colobus has been born at the Zoo. Angolan colobus monkeys, native to the dense rainforest of the Congo, have a black coat and face with a mantle of long white hair and a white tip on their tails. Colobus newborns, however, are born solid white and the coat gradually turns to adult …

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival in the Downtown Core

Jacksonville transforms into Jazzville as horns, pianos, and jazz beats take over the downtown streets and music lovers come together to celebrate some of the best artists in the jazz industry. Billed as one of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, the is the toast of the town every Memorial Day weekend. Since its inception in 1981, thousands of jazz lovers from across the nation gather in Jacksonville to celebrate the music, culture, and art of jazz by the river. The 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Fest lineup includes , , , , , , , , and others on …

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Guerilla Earth Day Tactics

BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director for the St. Johns Riverkeeper Earth Day is about more than changing light bulbs and following outdoor water restrictions. Those are things we should all be doing every day. Earth Day is a reminder that on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans mobilized for the protection of our planet. This outpouring of widespread support resulted in the bi-partisan creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. In years to come, we would regulate hazardous waste, demand toxic cleanups, and removed lead from gasoline. The Earth Day movement …

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It Takes Wings To Soar

Tree Hill Nature Center has been offering Jacksonville the quintessential spring celebration with the Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival since 2002. This year the festival will take place on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-4pm, allowing visitors plenty of time to shop, walk the trails, and see all of the exhibits as well as have lunch and a sweet treat. Tree Hill uses all of the funds from the event to implement their educational programs and to care for their animals. Tree Hill works with Duval County’s public, charter, and private schools as well as schools from neighboring counties to teach …

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Up In The Air: Annual Wings ‘n’ Wheels Flight Festival

Event: Wings ’n’ Wheels Location: Craig Airport, 855 St. Johns Bluff Road N. Date: April 23, 10am-4pm Tickets: Free Contact: www.wingsnwheels2016.com/ or [email protected] Jax Ex is soaring to new heights with its signature event showcasing various elements in transportation from the street to the sky. is held from 10am to 4pm April 23 at . The event features static aircraft displays, classic car show, live entertainment, a kid’s zone, plane rides, and airport tours. Aircraft displays include everything from the larger business jets to turbo props and vintage aircraft. Admission and parking are free. Jax Ex Manager says the open …

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Tunesmiths Unite at Nocatee

The 5th Annual Roscolusa Songwriters Festival – April 23 The 5th Annual Roscolusa songwriters festival celebrates the creative world of songwriting with a unique event April 23 at Nocatee. A collection of singer/songwriters from Nashville and beyond, including Kim Paige, Whitney Duncan, Applegate Nace, Casee Allen, Christine Jamra, Rick Ferrell, Casey Black and Jesse Rice will create a cozy, intimate atmosphere for a night of original music. This year’s talent lineup will also feature songwriter Caitlyn Smith, who co-wrote the Meghan Trainor and John Legend single ‘Like I’m Going to Lose You.’ The event is free for general admission and …

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Eating Sustainably: Just One of Many “Green” Topics at the 2016 GastroFest

  Sustainable food is about sustainable agriculture, food distribution, and food choices that allow us to produce healthful food while preserving future generations’ ability to do the same. And, yes, it really does matter. A lot. In 2011, a global consortium of scientists published a study aimed at determining whether or not we could feed the world’s population without destroying the environment and, thus, ourselves. We could, they say, but only if we change five things in combination: halt farmland expansion, close yield gaps, use inputs more strategically, shift diets, and reduce waste. Sustainable food may seem like an abstract …

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