TPF Presents Mark Woods on August 19

Timucuan Parks Foundation and the Beaches Museum will host Author and Florida Times-Union Columnist Mark Wood at its Boardwalk Talk at TPF’s “Celebrate & Explore Our Wilderness Parks” exhibition on Thursday, Aug. 19. The event will be held both in-person and virtually starting at 6:30 p.m. Woods the author of “Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks,” will be presenting his work and his experience.

Woods won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing in 2011 and originally planned to use the fellowship to visit and study the national parks to showcase the challenges the parks faced. He began his journey on January 1 at sunrise in Maine’s Acadia National Park. In the middle of his journey, he lost his mother to cancer which changed the year, his project and the subsequent book. He finished his year on December 31st at sunset in Hawaii’s Haleakala National Park. Woods, who spent many childhood summers visiting national parks with his parents and siblings, will discuss his year-long journey through the parks and the book which became much more than he anticipated; a book about family, the parks and the legacies they both create.

Guests can join Woods for the Aug. 19 Boardwalk Talk in-person or virtually, but pre-registration is required. There will be limited attendance for the in-person event and social distancing and masks are required. To register, call (904) 241-5657 or visit and click on the event on the right side of the home page. The event is free to Museum members and there is a suggested $5 donation for non-members. Beaches Museum is located at 381 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville Beach. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Timucuan Parks Foundation’s 20th Anniversary “Celebrate & Explore Our Wilderness Parks” showcases Northeast Florida’s parks and preserves through the work of local artist Kathy Stark and photographers Will Dickey and Tom Schifanella. It also features TPF’s history and support of the parks as well as how people can get involved with the nonprofit. More information can be found at