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Timucuan Parks Foundation and AARP host “A Year in Our National Parks” with Mark Woods

The virtual event is part of the Healthy Living series

Published Monday, June 29, 2020


Timucuan Parks Foundation and AARP are hosting a virtual event as part of their Healthy Living: Fresh Air, Fitness, Friendship and Fun series. On Wednesday, July 1, Florida Times-Union Columnist Mark Woods will be taking participants on a virtual walk during “A Year in Our National Parks.” The free event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Woods was awarded the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship which allowed him to spend a year working on a project about the future of the parks.  His adventure started with a January 1 sunrise in Maine's Acadia National Park and ended with a December 31 sunset in Hawaii's Haleakala National Park. In the middle of the journey, Mark lost his mother—an event that changed the year, his project and subsequent book, Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks.


Woods will be discussing his journey and the parks, including Jacksonville’s own national park site, the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, through Zoom. The event is free but registration is required. Visit to sign up. An event link will be emailed to registrants on Tuesday, June 30.


For more information, contact Timucuan Parks Foundation, at or call (904) 374-1107.


About Timucuan Parks Foundation

The Timucuan Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization that preserves, promotes and enhances Jacksonville’s natural areas through community engagement, education and enjoyment. The foundation originated in 1999 with the Preservation Project Jacksonville, Inc. to identify and assist in acquiring the most vulnerable and environmentally sensitive lands in Duval County. The acquisition of lands created the largest urban park system in the United States. The Timucuan Parks Foundation works with its park partners, including the National Park Service, Florida State Parks and the City of Jacksonville, to promote environmental stewardship, the health benefits of the parks and preserves, and an appreciation for Jacksonville’s special outdoor spaces. For more information, visit   



Kelly White

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