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Programs at Fort Clinch

Candlelight Tours

Guided tours take place inside the historic fort 30 minutes after sunset. Saturday’s during Living History Weekend Garrisons, the first weekend of every month.


Sea Turtle Watch

Sea Turtle nesting season begins May 1st through Oct. 31. Our dedicated volunteers get to the park at 6am, load the supplies and head out to search for sea turtle tracks. Once they see tracks, they determine if its a nest or a false crawl. The turtle patrol then stakes off the nest and monitors it for about 62 days then start looking for the signs of a hatching. They wait 3 days to excavate the nest.  Sometimes a hatchling may get stuck in the nest and the volunteers will release that same morning. Our conservation efforts are working. 25 years ago we only had 4 nest on Fort Clinch beach. In 2016 it was a record breaking year with 57 nest on our 3 miles of beach. It is hard work but very rewarding.

Kid's Fishing Clinic

Every year, Fort Clinch State Park host the Kids Fishing Clinic to teach lessons on knot tying, tackle, casting, fishing ethics, habitat. This is a free event and participants get to take home their own rod and reel combo provided by Fish Florida through their sailfish license plate funding. All funds for this program are donated by local sponsors. 2018 had around 150 children attend. In addition, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and fish at the edge of the shoreline.

Friends of Fort Clinch, Inc., established in 1992, is a Florida Not For Profit corporation (EIN 59-3126070) and has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. All or part of your gift may be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.  Please check with your tax advisor. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

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