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Black Creek Outfitters – Pint Night 4/25

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Published on: April 25, 2013

Tonight, Black Creek Outfitters is combining two great things – the outdoors and beer.  The guest speaker is Greg Bleakney who cycled 18,500 miles from Alaska to South America.

From the site:

First 200 to arrive get a free Black Creek collectable pint glass and one fill up from Green Room Brewing.  Gourmet Aviator will be on hand with food for purchase with 10% of sales going to the Sierra Club.  To learn more about our guest speaker Greg Bleakney visit:

For more information visit BCO’s webpage.

Pint Night @ Black Creek Outfitters

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Published on: February 18, 2013

February 28th, Black Creek Outfitters is hosting another Pint Night to benefit the North Florida Land Trust.  The special guest will be a National Geographic film maker.  Green Room will be offering free pint glasses as well as one free pint per guest.  On The Fly Sandwiches will be on-site, and a giant Jenga game will be held in the store.  For more information click here.  (Disregard the wrong year on the invitation)

Pint Night at Black Creek Outfitters

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Published on: October 31, 2012

Tomorrow, November 1st, Black Creek Outfitters will be hosting ‘Pint Night’ to benefit the St. Johns RiverKeeper.  Show up and receive a free pint glass (also filled with beer!)  Mark Woods of the Times-Union will be speaking about his sabbatical to visit various National Parks around the country.  More information here.

Thomas Creek Fish Camp

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Published on: June 21, 2012

From Ron Littlepage, of the Times-Union:

On a morning unusally cool for June, I slipped my kayak into the smooth, tannic water of Thomas Creek.

There are many wonderful places to paddle in our area. This is among the very best.

Thomas Creek forms part of the border between Duval and Nassau counties and runs for miles through thousands of acres of preservation property before flowing into the Nassau River.

There are no rooftops here, just magnificent forests on both banks that are highlighted by towering cypress trees that take your breath away. (more…)

Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area

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Published on: January 19, 2012

Add this to the list of places we need to visit.  Located about a mile east of Middleburg, next to Black Creek, this park contains about 8 miles of trails.  Find the trail map here.  This park is about 965 acres of woods and wetlands that follow the creek.  Gopher tortoises are a frequent sight here, as well as the occasional bobcat, otter, and bald eagle.

The trails here consist primarily of loops that follow the creek at the far end.  The Yellow Spur trail ends at a campsite along the banks of the creek.  Southeast from that point is the observation point, which can be reached by a spur from the Red Trail Loop.  Look for more information on this park in the near future.

Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve

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Published on: November 7, 2011

While browsing Google maps, I stumbled across a trail in a relatively blank area next to the St. John’s River.  After researching, I really didn’t see much information about it, so I decided it was worth it a look.  Julington-Durbin Creek preserve sits on a peninsula bordered by Julington and Durbin Creek.    The trailhead lies at the end of a gravel road off of Bartram Park Blvd.  The loop trail heads west, and is about 6.2 miles around the loop. (more…)

New Additions at the Arboretum: Rosemary Ridge Trail

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Published on: February 14, 2011

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and a perfect day to be hiking, so a trip to the Jacksonville Arboretum was in order.  I was curious to see the new Rosemary Ridge trail that had opened.  When I arrived, I was surprised to see quite  a bit of forest cleared and the trail around the lake widened.  A few hundred feet down the trail in each direction, a lot had changed since our last visit.  Palms, hollies, and roses are being planted along the trail with paths that run through the new garden areas.  When this grows in, it will be a very nice addition to the trail head. (more…)

Hogan’s Creek Cleanup

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Published on: February 8, 2011

Right now, there’s a thread at organizing a cleanup this weekend for Hogan’s Creek.   Originally intended as a public park that followed the creek from Springfield to the river, it has since fallen into a state of disrepair and has become incredibly polluted.  If restored, this area has the potential to regain its status as a prime park area for downtown Jacksonville, and feature one of the bodies of water that border the core of the city.  Get more details here.

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