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Healthy hike and beach cleanup planned at Little Talbot Island State Park

Join Timucuan Parks Foundation and Talbot Islands State Parks for a hike and beach cleanup on Jun. 3.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Timucuan Parks Foundation is partnering with Talbot Islands State Parks for a National Trails Day event on Sat., Jun. 3. The event will start with a four-mile Healthy Living hike followed by beach cleanup at Little Talbot Island State Park. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will run to 11:30 a.m.

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The National Trails Day event at Little Talbot Island State Park features a presentation on Lyme disease prevention and treatment by an Encore Research Group physician. Next will be a two-mile hike along the Dune Ridge Trail which will take hikers through a canopy of live oaks, cedars and sabal palms.

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Participants will then walk two miles back along the picturesque beach for the ”Leave it Better Than You Found It” hike and shoreline cleanup.

Those looking to partake should wear closed-toe shoes and layered clothing. A full, reusable water bottle and bug spray are also recommended. Additional water, snacks and insect repellent will be provided.

If you’re a student looking to help you can earn community service hours for this hike and cleanup. Children under 16 must be supervised by their parent/guardian or scout leader during the project. Anyone under 18 years old must have the signature of a parent/guardian on the liability waiver prior to starting work. The waiver can be accessed by clicking here.

Those looking to participate will meet up at 12157 Heckscher Dr. and should arrive 30 minutes before the event begins to park and prepare. Admission is free for this service project.

Questions about this event can be directed to info@timucuanparks.org or 904-374-1107 before Sat., Jun. 3.

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National Trails Day takes place each year on the first Saturday in June to promote advocacy and trail service. It was established by the American Hiking Society to recognize the federal, state and local natural outdoor spaces that provide incredible benefits including recreation, exposure to nature and a way to boost mental and physical health.