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Fort Caroline Hosts Events This Spring

Mar 02, 2015 02:00AM
Fort Caroline National Memorial memorializes the short-lived French presence in sixteenth century Florida. At the park you will find stories of exploration, survival, religious disputes, territorial battles, and first contact between American Indians and Europeans. Every Saturday at 1 p.m., knowledgeable rangers conduct tours, telling visitors what happened 451 years ago as they explore the story of the 1564 journey by French Protestant Huguenots. Tours are free and include the museum, the fort exhibit, and demonstrations of Native American and early European weapons. Meet at the visitor center.

On Sunday at 1 p.m., Fort Caroline presents a “Walk on the Wild Side”, a free tour that traverses the Spanish Pond Boardwalk observing trees, plants, and wildlife. Visitors will learn about some of their uses by Native Americans and early European settlers. Bring the whole family, and don’t forget cameras, binoculars, and bug spray. Meet at the visitor center. Picnic tables are available.

Every Saturday morning March 7 through May 2, Fort Caroline hosts “Yoga in the Park.” Forget the stress of the past week and ease into your weekend by enjoying 1 hour of gentle yoga poses and meditation. Meet at the flagpole at the visitor center at 9:15 a.m.; participants will then walk to the front of the fort exhibit near the St. Johns River, where classes will be led by instructors from Hot Spot Power Yoga. Bring mat, towel, water, sunscreen and bug spray.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information call (904) 614-7155 or visit http://www.nps.gov/timu/learn/historyculture/foca_visiting.htm.