Press release
December 9, 2019

Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 9, 2019 – Timucuan Parks Foundation and AARP invite the community to join them for the next Healthy Living: Fresh Air, Fitness, Friendship and Fun, a series of free monthly walks in parks and preserves on the First Coast. Healthy Living: Art in the Park will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens.

Healthy Living: Art in the Park is designed to allow participants to enjoy the benefits of spending time in nature while they relax, observe, and breathe in the outdoors. The day will start with a one-mile walk, guided by an Arboretum naturalist. Following the walk, participants will try their hand at “plein air” or open-air painting or drawing. No experience is necessary. Art materials will be supplied, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Artists Abby Murphy, Kathy Stark and Ron Gibbons will be there to help instruct and encourage.

Participants should arrive at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens at 1445 Millcoe Rd. at 9 a.m., wear comfortable shoes for the walk and bring a reusable water bottle. Nature Valley granola bar snacks will be provided. The event is free but preregistration is required which can be done

The Healthy Living adventure will begin at 9 a.m. and will last until 12 p.m. The series is designed to promote healthy living by offering opportunities to socialize, teaching new ways to get fit and showing the therapeutic effects a walk in the park can provide. For more information, please or contact Felicia Boyd, program and outreach director with Timucuan Parks Foundation, at or 904-463-1799.

About Timucuan Parks Foundation

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. Timucuan Parks Foundation works with 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

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