Timucuan Parks Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition at the Museum of Science and History will feature engagement activities this weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the National Park Service will present its Timucuan Times program in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Visitors will learn about how the native Florida Timucua Indians lived including how they hunted, what they ate, what they wore and how they created shelter.
“Timucuan Parks Foundation: Celebrate and Explore Our Wilderness Parks” will be on display through May 31, 2020. Engagement activities will take place once a month throughout the run of the exhibition which features Jacksonville’s parks and preserves through the eyes of local artists. It includes four new park paintings by Kathy Stark, a video of drone footage captured by Tom Schifanella, and still images taken by photographer Will Dickey.
Within the exhibition are panels that highlight the nonprofit organization’s accomplishments of the last 20 years as well as their current resiliency, health, engagement and park development initiatives. The 7 Creeks Trail Partnership and the Barrier Islands Parks are two new focuses for TPF and their park partners. The purpose is to help the community identify parts of town that incorporate a number of preservation areas they can visit.
TPF is also working to promote the parks for their sense of place and sense of well-being. The organization wants to instill a sense of place for residents and visitors to Jacksonville and for the city to be known for its parks and preserves. The organization is also promoting the sense of well-being the parks provide and the health benefits of spending time in parks.
Timucuan Parks Foundation originated in 1999 as Preservation Project Jacksonville to acquire vulnerable and environmentally sensitive lands to build one of the largest park systems in the U.S. The organization now works to protect, promote and enhance the preservation parks through a strong partnership with the City of Jacksonville, Florida State Parks and the National Park Service. More information about TPF and the video on display can now be found at https://www.timucuanparks.org/.