Palm Coast - Explore the great outdoors in new ways - through guided nature/fitness walks and nighttime park tours by flashlight - offered free of charge by the Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Department.

Programs are led by Jordan Myers, the City's Recreation Leader II of Nature Programs. A graduate of Florida State University's Environment & Society program, Myers recently completed the Project WILD conservation and environmental education program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

In addition to Nature/Fitness Walks and Night Tours, there are several nature-themed programs for our youngest residents this winter and spring. Here's what's planned:

Nature/Fitness Walks - Get your steps in with easy, twice-a-month 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 advance registration is requested at least 48 hours before the start of the class to help the City with planning. Registration is now open through the City's new, easy-to-use Civic Rec online registration program: www.palmcoastgov.com/register.

All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 16 - Linear Park, 31 Greenway Court (off Colbert Lane between the two directions of Palm Coast Parkway), Palm Coast
  • Jan. 30 - Long Creek Nature Preserve, 1050 Palm Harbor Pkwy., Palm Coast
  • Feb. 13 - Waterfront Park, 150 Waterfront Park Road (off Colbert Lane, south of Palm Coast Parkway), Palm Coast
  • Feb. 27 - Central Park, 975 Central Ave. in the Town Center area, Palm Coast
  • March 13 - Lehigh Trail, meet at Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
  • March 27 - Graham Swamp Trail (Old Kings Road trailhead), 1125 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast
  • April 10 - Long Creek Nature Preserve

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 ages 7 and up and adults. Each Night Tour will be held in a different park. The tours are free, but advance registration is requested at least 48 hours before the program to help the City with planning. Registration is now open through the City's new, easy-to-use Civic Rec online registration program:www.palmcoastgov.com/register.

The Night Tours will be held shortly after sunset (check City website for exact times) at:

  • March 10 - Linear Park
  • March 24 - Long Creek Nature Preserve
  • April 7 - Waterfront Park
  • April 21 - Holland Park, 18 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast
  • May 5 - Central Park
  • May 19 - Linear Park

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

Creepy Crawlies Series - This program will be held every other Wednesday at Linear Park, with two timeslots offered on each program date. The first sessions will be 4-5 p.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. 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. Additional dates are Jan. 31, Feb. 14 and 28, and March 14, with classes starting at 4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.

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, Jan. 8, at Linear Park. Additional classes in the series will be Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and 19, and March 5.

Nature Nuts will include story time, crafts and a fun activity about animals. The program is now free! Pre-registration is required at least 48 hours before the start of the class (while space available): www.palmcoastgov.com/register.

Information about all of Palm Coast Parks & Recreation's programs is now available in the Winter/Spring 2018 Activity Guide at www.palmcoastgov.com/recreation. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323.