January 14, 2022

Timucuan Parks Foundation
Media Release

 

Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 14, 2022 – Timucuan Parks Foundation and the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve have decided to postpone the Timucuan Science and History Symposium that had been scheduled to take place January 28. At this time, the organizations plan to hold the symposium in the spring but an exact date has not yet been set. The event is designed to showcase the connection between the natural and cultural resources within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. The organizations plan to add virtual options to the spring in-person event.

“Unfortunately, the risk associated with the COVID virus transmission has prompted us to postpone the symposium until spring at the earliest,” said Mark Middlebrook, executive director of TPF. “We hope we can retain the majority of the speakers we had lined up for the event to offer a day filled with interesting topics on the natural habitats, environmental changes and the history of the Timucuan Preserve and its inhabitants.”

The organizations had lined up speakers from numerous organizations and universities including the University of North Florida, Auburn University, Villanova University, University of Louisiana, University of North Carolina, and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Park Service Southeast Coast Network, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Florida Public Archeology Network were also set to speak.

Sponsorships, which help fund student research grants, are still available for the rescheduled event. Guests may register their interest in attending by sending an email to[email protected]. More information can be found athttps://www.timucuanparks.org/symposium/. Anyone interested in sponsorships can also contact Timucuan Parks Foundation at (904) 374-1107 or [email protected].

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. TPF works with its park partners, including the National Park Service, Florida State Parks and the City of Jacksonville, and other community partners 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 timucuanparks.org or follow @timucuanparks.

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