Timucuan Parks Foundation (TPF) is pleased to report more than 300 children and their families were introduced to Jacksonville’s wilderness parks and preserves in 2023 through their participation in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Angler fishing clinics. The clinics were made possible by a grant from the National Parks Foundation to introduce outdoor opportunities and healthy recreation to underserved youth in our community. The Junior Ranger Angler fishing clinics were a collaborative effort between TPF, the National Park Service’s Timucuan Preserve, and the City of Jacksonville’s JaxParks.
TPF and Timucuan Preserve hosted a number of Junior Ranger Angler fishing clinics throughout the city, including as part of the 7 Creeks Fest at Betz-Tiger Point Preserve and the Talbot Tidewater Celebration at Fort George Island Cultural State Park, as well as at Dutton Island Preserve, Sheffield Regional Park, and Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. Blue Star Families of Jacksonville, children and teens from SP Livingston Boys and Girls Club, Groundwork Jacksonville Green Team Youth Corps, Foundation Academy, Men of Valor, LISC Jacksonville, and a Gullah Geechee community homeschool group were among the participants.
Several Junior Ranger fishing clinics are being planned for 2024, including one scheduled for March 9, 2024, as part of the 7 Creeks Fest, an annual event to celebrate and explore the 7 Creeks Recreation Area. More details about the event can be found at 7CreeksFest.org. If you are interested in supporting this outreach either through participating, volunteering, or donating, please contact TPF at firstname.lastname@example.org.