On the River

ON THE RIVER-May 2013

by SHANNON BLANKINSHIP Outreach Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper River Lives: short documentaries celebrating the cultural life of the St. Johns River May 4, 3 pm, Museum of Contemporary Arts Jacksonville, 333 N Laura St River Lives paints a varied portrait of our relationships with the St. Johns, featuring film shorts of distance swimmers, activists, a permaculture farm, disabled adaptive rowers, shrimpers, artists, a Mayport Ferry deckhand, and more. Free and open to the public. Explore the Estuary with Kayak Amelia’s Guided Tour May 11, 9 am-noon, Alimacani Boat Ramp, 11080 Heckscher Dr If you have yet to experience a guided …

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On the River – April 2013

by SHANNON BLANKINSHIP I think “Act Local, Think Global” should be the tagline for April. April is Earth Month, a month-long commemoration and celebration of the first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day isn’t a day about picking up free handouts at an event – that foam stress ball of the Earth that will later get tossed aside as garbage. It isn’t a day for collecting as many flyers as you can about turning the lights off and not letting the water run while you brush your teeth. Those lessons, we should know. It’s about action. Earth …

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On the River – March 2013

by SHANNON BLANKINSHIP Okay, every month should be River Month. However, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has issued a proclamation that March is St. Johns River Month. With the onset of spring, March is critical to the river for implementing River Friendly practices in your home and yard. It is also the best time of year to get out and explore the St. Johns River. Truth is, what we do in our yards and homes matters to the St. Johns River. Over-fertilizing and the use of pesticides creates the dreaded summer algae bloom causing foul odors, fish kills, and a loss …

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On the River – February

by SHANNON BLANKINSHIP Yes, let’s go hunting along the St. Johns River, but please leave the guns at home. This River Hunt will take you from the downtown Jacksonville Landing and walk you all the way to The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens along the St. Johns River. The kickoff for this River Hunt will be on March 2nd, but after that the hunt program will be available at www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org. So what are we hunting for? Have you ever walked the same sidewalk or street hundreds of times without ever noticing something unique and important? This hunt will make …

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ON THE RIVER

Disney's PLANES DRIFT ELYSIUM GETAWAY WE'RE THE MILLERS by KELLY SAVAGE Now that the shininess of the holidays and the new year have worn off, it is a good time to truly make some clear choices about how to make 2012 a better year for yourself and your community. I implore you to include the river in those thoughts. Everyday decisions are made by each and every one of us that affect our beloved river. She needs our help. One of the easiest things you can do is get to know your river. Ask yourself, when was the last time …

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Michael Elliott as Fredrick Egerman and Barbara Dare Thomas (AEA Guest Artists) as Desire'e Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC by KELLY SAVAGE Play in the Woods The temperatures have dropped (thank goodness) and we can all make our way into the woods without dripping with sweat. I love this time of year in Florida. The rest of the country is slipping into that grey winter void, and we, my friends, get to enjoy cold nights and warm, sunny days. I prefer this weather when hiking, paddling, camping- well, doing just about anything outside! Thinking about the woods …

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by kelly savage October is a great month to go camping. The heat and humidity finally starts to taper off, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy being on the water, and the nights are cool and refreshing. We are lucky enough to live in a haven of diverse campgrounds that offer all kinds of activities along with river access. Follow my easy, four-step process to an affordable but rockin’ weekend on our St. Johns River! Local Camping 101 STEP 1 Pick a park & reserve a campsite or cabin. STEP 2: Supply list This is the most important part …

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by kelly savage As the heat begins to subside (we hope anyway), it’s time to get back outside and into the woods. In honor of Arbor Day (September 6th), let’s all visit the forest! There are many parks that offer a wooded escape along the St. Johns River and its tributaries. River Events International Coastal Clean Up September 18th, 9 am-11 am. Help us clean up the St. Johns during this city-wide event! Let’s see how many pounds of garbage we can collect in two hours. See you there! St. Johns Riverkeeper Cleanup Sites: Hollybrook Park (319 Cherokee St. Jax, …

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on the river – August 2010

by kelly savage Looking to cool off? Enjoy one of Florida’s most beautiful and unique natural resources and get a break from the 100-degree weather by jumping into some springs! There are 85 springs in the St. Johns River watershed and they contribute 20-30 percent of the river’s flow. Springs are richly connected to our history and are a big draw to visitors. While you are there, remember to enjoy the springs responsibly so they can be treasured for generations to come. Here are just a few springs you can enjoy along the St. Johns. You can learn more about …

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JSYO Holiday Concert First Coast Nutcracker Historical Society?s Gingerbread Extravaganza Historical Society?s Gingerbread Extravaganza Holiday Pops by Kelly Savage, Community Outreach Director for St. Johns Riverkeeper Looking for something to do outside? Look no further. We have events and a guide to keep you busy all summer along your St. Johns River. Get Your Feet Wet is a guidebook to the St. Johns River that highlights history, ecology, outdoor activities, common wildlife, and 45 of the best parks throughout the watershed from Palatka to river’s mouth at Mayport. July is a perfect month to get in or on the water …

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