The Florida Conservation Coalition has sent out the following information about an event that will be held at Camp Milton Historic Preserve 1225 Halsema Rd. N. Jacksonville, FL 32220
The Florida Conservation Coalition and Florida Blue invite you to join former U.S. Senator Bob Graham and Florida’s conservation community at “Speak up for Florida Forever,” a call to action to preserve and protect Florida’s natural lands and working landscapes. This free family-friendly event will take place at Camp Milton Historic Preserve and features prominent speakers, live music, guided tours of Camp Milton’s biodiverse nature trails and boardwalk, educational programs for children and families, food trucks, and environmental exhibitors. In addition to learning about the importance of preserving natural lands, guests will also be able to enjoy a glimpse into life during the Civil War with presentations by historical period reenactors and Civil War Artillery Demonstrations (Cannon!!).
Parking is available at Camp Milton, however we encourage you to ride your bike to the event on the beautiful Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail.
This event is being brought to you by the Florida Conservation Coalition in partnership with 1000 Friends of Florida, North Florida Land Trust, Timucuan Parks Foundation, St Johns Riverkeeper, Defenders of Wildlife, and Florida Wildlife Corridor. Florida Blue has generously agreed to help sponsor this community event.
Send any questions to [email protected]
Here is the schedule of the day’s activities:
10:00 AM Open
10:15 Civil War Artillery Demonstration
10:30 Guided Bike Ride & Native Plant Walk
11:00 Hands-on Educational Activities for Families
11:00 Inside Presentations (Florida Wildlife Corridor & North Florida Land Trust)
11:50 Live Music by Whitey Markle & the Swamprooters
12:20 Main Stage Addresses (featuring former U.S. Senator Bob Graham)
1:20 Citizen Advocacy Training & Book Signing with Senator Bob Graham and Chris Hand
2:00 Civil War Artillery Demonstration
2:15 Native Plant Walk
2:30 Live Music by Whitey Markle & the Swamprooters
3:00 Indoor Presentations (St Johns Riverkeeper & 1000 Friends of Florida)
3:00 Hands-on Educational Activities for Families
4:00 PM Event Close
Enjoy environmental exhibits and food from Eddis & Sons, Blue Pacific Grill & Taco Bar, and GuanaBana Ice Pops.
Main Stage speakers will include former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Graham; Florida State Senator Gibson; Mark Middlebrook, Executive Director of Timucuan Parks Foundation; Michael Adams, local landowner and Senior Florida Representative with Defenders of Wildlife; and a representative from Florida Blue.
The educational activities will be hosted by St Johns Riverkeeper. Participants will be able to look for macroinvertebrates, test water quality, and learn about the importance of land conservation while experiencing nature first-hand.
More information about the guided bike ride: https://www.facebook.com/events/1139504232808813/