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St. Johns River Bartram Frolic

April 17 - April 18

Click here to view the flier!  2021 Bartram Flyer

FRIDAY ACTIVITESApril 16thAll registration and reservation information is available at – https://bartramtrailsociety.com/  Facebook @ St. Johns River Bartram Frolic 

  • VIP Sponsors Reception in St. Johns River Center – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM– By invitation only 
  • Bartram Springs-to-Springs paddle 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  Guided tour departing from Acosta Marina in Welaka (Four Bartram sites) 

SATURDAY ACTIVITESApril 17th All registration and reservation information is available at – https://bartramtrailsociety.com/  Facebook @ St. Johns River Bartram Frolic 

  • St. Johns River Bartram Frolic on the Riverfront – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Includes the following:
  • Passport-to-the-Past – The St. Johns River Center will host an educational activity for school-aged youth visiting ten education stations and living historians to learn about our river and its history.  Those completing the activity will be rewarded.  This is great for the whole family. Register near the St. Johns River Center. 
  • Living History on the Riverfront – Meet William Bartram, the Long Warrior “King of the Seminoles”, Bartram’s guide and European trader Job Wiggins, Ft. Mose’ militia and families, and 18th Century residents of Florida.   
  • Food Trucks on St. Johns Avenue – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
  • Nature-based Vendors, Demonstrations and Environmental Groups – booths along the riverfront and St. Johns Avenue. 
  • Tales and Songs of the St. Johns River 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM: will:  This will be a schedule of storytellers, and musicians with tales and songs of the St. Johns River. Held at the amphitheater
  • Bartram Trail Equestrian Ride at Dunns Creek State Park – 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Friends of Dunns Creek State Park will host equestrians for trail rides in the park (one Bartram site). Reservations are required and limited. 
  • Bartram Historic Rollestown Kayaking Tour – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: A guided paddle from Palatka’s Riverfront Park to Rollestown and return See website and Facebook for reservations and details. 
  • Bartram Historic Tour at Mount Royal – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: National Historic Mount Royal guided tour and stroll in Welaka.  A Quaker Friend will share information. Reservations are recommended. 
  • Pride of Palatka Guided River Boat Tours – 1:00 PM St. Johns Riverkeeper Cruise; 3:00 PM Bartram National Recreation Trail St. Johns River Cruise; Bartram Sunset Wine Cruise – 5:00PM – 7:00 PM Reservations for all cruises are required – see website and Facebook
  • Pontoon boat tours 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: NORTHSTAR CHARTERS will provide tours from the Riverfront. 
  • Bicycling Tour Historic, Homes, Murals and Ravine Gardens – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: A guided bicycle tour of historic home and murals from the riverfront (includes five Bartram sites) – Reservations are recommended. 
  • Palatka Riverfront and Murals Walk – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Guided walk through historic downtown Palatka including three Bartram sites. Reservations recommended. 
  • Bartram Birthday Party – 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Azalea City Brewery will host Bartram’s 282nd birthday party. 


SUNDAY ACTIVITIESApril 18th – All registration and reservation information is available at www.bartramtrailsociety.com/ and Facebook @ St Johns River Bartram Frolic 

  • Puc Puggy Trail Hike / Water Works / Ravine Gardens State Park 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: A guided hike from the Ravine Gardens State Park to the Water Work Environmental Education Center and the Puc Puggy nature trail.  Reservations are required and limited. 
  • Spalding’s Lower Store Paddle – 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Guided historic paddle through Seven Sisters Islands to Bartram’s home while on the St. Johns River in 1774.  Reservations required. 
  • Palatka Riverfront to Ravines Bicycle Ride – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Guided ride from the riverfront through Ravine Gardens State Park. Reservations are recommended.
  • Palatka Historic Homes and Murals Bicycle Ride – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM:  Guided casual ride through downtown Palatka’s historic homes, historic sites and murals. 
  • Bartram Symposium – 2:00 PM – 5:00 pm: The Symposium in the Jim Pignato Theater will feature six Bartram scholars and experts – Dr. Kathryn Braund will discuss her new edition on southeastern Indians; Dr. Dorinda Dallmeyer will talk about her book “Bartram’s Living Legacy” as the inspiration for the PBS film CULTIVATING THE WILD; Dr. Christopher Robinson will describe his quest to locate  Bartram Trail markers across the southeast and his unique style of presenting travel presentations; Bartram Trail Conference president Sam Carr will explain the status of the Bartram Trail Society of Florida and the Bartram Trail National Heritage Area. Jim Sawgrass and Eric Breitenbach will introduce CULTIVATING THE WILD.  



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