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June 2022

Search for the Swallow-Tailed Kite on the Ocklawaha

June 4 @ 9:30 am
Swallow-tailed Kite

Join us for a paddle on the Ocklawaha River with Adventure Outpost and special guest Gina Kent, a Swallow-tailed Kite expert from the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) in Gainesville. Although the Swallow-tailed Kites will be the focus, she will point out and speak on the other birdlife we encounter along the way. We will begin just downstream from the Kirkpatrick (formerly Rodman) Dam. This section of the Ocklawaha below the dam is wide and braided, and we'll navigate…

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Rising Tides Ocklawaha River Paddle and Camp

June 4 @ 9:30 am - June 5 @ 10:00 am
Ray Wayside Park, 9564 NE 28th Lane
Silver Springs, FL 34488 United States
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Ocklawaha Paddle and Camp

Join Rising Tides for our annual paddle + camping trip on the Ocklawaha River - the largest tributary of the St. Johns! We will begin our journey at Ray Wayside Park (9564 NE 28th Ln, Silver Springs, FL 34488) on Saturday, June 4. Meet there at 9:30 a.m. for a prompt takeoff at 10 a.m. to paddle to Gores Landing (13800 NE 98th St, Fort McCoy, FL 32134) where we will set up camp for the night. The paddle is…

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Search for Bartram’s Ixia

June 5 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 am
Bayard Conservation Area Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 United States + Google Map
Search for Bartram's Ixia

St. Johns Riverkeeper has partnered with Earth Kinship to bring you the Search for Bartram's Ixia. Explore the Bayard Conservation Area in search of the “Bartram's Ixia'' flower (Calydorea caelestina). You only get a couple of chances a year to find this rare flower William Bartram cataloged in the 1700’s, and it only grows in seven counties of northeast Florida. Bartram's Ixia is an early bloomer and is quick to wilt away, so meet your guide early to rediscover this…

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Horticulture Corner: River-friendly Yards

June 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204 United States
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River Friendly Yards

Join Jimmy Orth, executive director of St. Johns Riverkeeper, for a program about how you can help protect some of Jacksonville’s most precious and beautiful assets—the St. Johns River and its tributaries. It’s no secret that runoff from conventional lawn and garden products has harmful effects on the St. Johns River, but you can enjoy a beautiful and productive landscape without them. This program will be offered in-person at the Garden Club and simultaneously on Zoom. COVID-19 health and safety…

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Lake Monroe Bike Ride & Walk

June 11 @ 9:00 am
St. Johns Riverboat and Marina, 433 N Palmetto Avenue
Sanford, FL 32771 United States
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Lake Monroe Bike Ride and Walk

Get Your Feet Wet on a Middle Basin Bike Ride and Walk! The morning will start with a 5-mile bike ride along the Lake Monroe area of the St. Johns River taking the Sanford Riverwalk. We will then do an interactive walk and talk to visit Gemini Springs (less than 1/4 of a mile). We will bike back to our starting place, for a total of a 10-mile ride. Attendees can enjoy fellowship and a tasty lunch and spirits at…

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Educational EcoCruise

June 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friendship Fountain Park, 1015 Museum Circle
Jacksonville, 32207
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EcoCruise Image

Join a St. Johns Riverkeeper Educator on board the St. Johns River Taxi to learn more about your river and how you can help protect it. Depart from Friendship Fountain Park for a 50-minute boat tour of the river during which you'll likely view wildlife, cityscapes and more. This is a perfect daytime activity for families of all ages! We're offering one trip departing at 11 a.m. Registration is required in advance and space is limited. Register Please register before…

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Green Drinks Summer Series

June 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cobalt Moon Center, 217 First St.
Neptune Beach, FL 32266 United States
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Green Drinks Summer Series

Join the North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce for their Green Drinks Summer Series! Energize your Summer with a HOT topic - Biomimicry! Then cool off with a Green Drink. This month's topic is "Using Biomimicry to create sustainable products." Thursday, June 16 4-5 p.m. | Cobalt Moon Center | Neptune Beach 5-6 p.m. | Sliders Bar and Grill | Jacksonville’s first Ocean Friendly Restaurant This event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance. Register…

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Eco Adventure: Paddle Pottsburg Creek

June 17 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
All Wet Sports, 8550 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32216 United States
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Paddle Pottsburg Creek

Join St. Johns Riverkeeper's K-12 Education Team each month along the St. Johns River or a tributary for an Eco Adventure. In June, we've partnered with Jacksonville University's Marine Science Research Institute to take you on an educational paddle of Pottsburg Creek. Manatee expert Dr. Gerry Pinto will lead the paddle with our team. You may bring your own kayak, or rent one from All Wet Sports for $30 ($15/hr). If you are renting a kayak, please call Andy at…

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Tiny Dock Concert: John Lumpkin Institute

June 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tiny Dock Concert

Join us by boat, kayak, SUP, or River Taxi on June 18 from 5-7 p.m. to enjoy live music on the St. Johns River. Enjoy an evening of jazz with renowned jazz artist John Lumpkin Institute. John Lumpkin II is a producer, arranger, and artist within the jazz and gospel industry. While carrying his talents between Japan and Switzerland, he has also been a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Artist in Residency Program. In 2017, Wynton Marsalis combined with…

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Rising Tides: McCoys Creek Cleanup

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
168 S Myrtle Ave, 168 S Myrtle Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32204 United States
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Rising Tides cleanup on McCoys Creek

Join Rising Tides young professionals for our monthly cleanup on McCoys Creek! As always, all of our cleanups are RAIN or SHINE!  What to Bring: Reusable Water Bottle Hat & Sunglasses Closed toe shoes (required) Rain boots, work boots, or waders are extremely helpful! Optional: Heavy duty gloves (if desired) Cleanup gloves and bags will be provided by City of Jacksonville and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful. Sign this Waiver to Participate If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Vecera at

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