Palm Coast - The Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Department is introducing seven new nature programs for fall - including nature walks and art classes for adults and several series geared toward toddlers or elementary school students.

"Palm Coast residents love to get outdoors year-round for fresh air, exercise and family fun," said Parks & Recreation Director Alex Boyer. "These programs will provide new opportunities to enjoy Palm Coast's parks while learning about the unique plants and wildlife."

Programs for Adults and Children ages 7+

Night Tours - Explore Palm Coast's parks by flashlight and see the variety of animals that come out only at night! You will need to bring a flashlight for this twice-monthly program on Saturday evenings.

This program is open to children 7 and up and adults. Each Night Tour will be held in a different park. It's free, but space is limited, so register early. Pre-registration is required at least 48 hours before the start of the class (while space available): www.palmcoastgov.com/register.

The Night Tours will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. at:

  • Sept. 9 - Linear Park, 31 Greenway Court (off Colbert Lane between the two directions of Palm Coast Parkway), Palm Coast
  • Sept. 30 - Long Creek Nature Preserve, 1050 Palm Harbor Pkwy., Palm Coast
  • Oct. 7 - Waterfront Park, 150 Waterfront Park Road (off Colbert Lane, south of Palm Coast Parkway), Palm Coast
  • Oct. 28 - Holland Park, 18 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast
  • Nov. 4 - Central Park, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast
  • Nov. 25 - Bird of Paradise Nature Reserve, 195 Bird of Paradise Drive, Palm Coast

Adult/Senior Programs

Art in Nature - Get in touch with nature and your artistic side at this twice-monthly class offered on Thursday mornings. Draw what you see in some of Palm Coast's most beautiful parks. Art materials will be provided as part of the $25 fee.

The first class will be 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Long Creek Nature Preserve. Additional sessions are:

  • Sept. 21 - Linear Park
  • Oct. 5 - Bird of Paradise Park
  • Oct. 19 - Waterfront Park
  • Nov. 2 - Central Park

All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required at least 48 hours before the start of the class (while space available): www.palmcoastgov.com/register.

Nature/Fitness Walks - Get your steps in with easy weekly walks through Palm Coast's beautiful parks and nature trails. Learn about the history and environment of each park and what makes it special. The Nature/Fitness Walks will be held on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

They are free, but space is limited. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required at least 48 hours before the start of the class (while space available): www.palmcoastgov.com/register.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 19 - Linear Park
  • Sept. 26 - Long Creek Nature Preserve
  • Oct. 3 - Waterfront Park
  • Oct. 10 - Central Park
  • Oct. 17 - Lehigh Trail
  • Oct. 24 - Graham Swamp Trail
  • Oct. 31 - Long Creek Nature Preserve

Programs for 3rd to 6th Graders

Guess the Plant - In this Saturday morning junior plant identification class, kids in third through sixth grades (accompanied by parents) will learn how to recognize plants that are native to Florida and even some species that are not. The program will be held 9-10 a.m. Sept. 23 and Nov. 18 at Linear Park.

Free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required at least 48 hours before the start of the class (while space available): www.palmcoastgov.com/register.

What are Wetlands? - In Palm Coast, there are so many examples of pristine wetlands. The activities in this program will teach kids (third to sixth grades, accompanied by parents) what wetlands are and why they are so important to our ecosystem.

The program will meet 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 21 and Dec. 9, at Linear Park. Free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required at least 48 hours before the start of the class (while space available): www.palmcoastgov.com/register.

Toddler Programs for ages 2-5 (and their parents)

Creepy Crawlies Series - This program will be held two or three times a month at Linear Park, with the first session being 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. Kids 2-5, with their parents, can learn all about their favorite spiders, centipedes, worms, earwigs and other crawlies.

The Creepy Crawlies program is free, but families must pre-register at least 48 hours before the start of the class (while space available): www.palmcoastgov.com/register. Each class is limited to 15 toddlers.

Additional dates in the session are Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and 18, and Nov. 1, 15 and 29. All will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Linear Park.

Nature Nut Series - Parents can join their preschoolers (ages 2-5) twice a month on Monday mornings for this fun way to learn about animals and the environment. The first session will be 9-10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Linear Park.

Nature Nuts will include story time, crafts and a fun activity about animals. There is an $8 fee per child. Pre-registration is required at least 48 hours before the start of the class (while space available): www.palmcoastgov.com/register. Space is limited, so sign up early!

Additional classes in the series will be Oct. 9 and 23, and Nov. 6 and 20.

For more information, call Palm Coast Parks and Recreation at 386-986-2323.