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Camp Chowenwaw Park

 

Introduction

Camp Chowenwaw is a 153 acre site in Clay County at the mouth of Black Creek, near its confluence with the St. Johns River. Clay County plans to develop the site as a park and conservation area.

History

The Girl Scouts of Gateway Council operated the site as a regional camp for outdoor recreation and environmental learning for over 70 years. In cooperation with a grant from Florida Communities Trust, the site was purchased by Clay County.

     

Purpose

  • Provide educational and recreational opportunities for county residents.
  • Preserve the upland and wetland natural communities;
  • Protect and enhance the suitability of the natural communities for listed species that currently, have recently, or could reasonably be expected to use the site;
  • Restore and interpret the unique historic resources on the site;
  • Conserve rapidly diminishing open space;

 

Opportunities for community groups (e.g. youth groups, scouts, science classes)

 

Community Service

  • General cleaning projects in buildings. (sweeping, washing, painting);
  • Litter and garbage pickup around fishing pier and throughout the camp;
  • Maintain, expand and enhance the existing trail system;

 

 Education

  • Restore vacated campsites to natural vegetative community;
  • Establish photo monitoring points for all natural communities on the property;
  • Design interpretive signs, informational kiosks, brochures; self-guided hike;
  • Prepare plan to maintain forest communities (pine flatwoods and pine-hardwood);
  • Monitor natural communities for invasive exotic vegetation and remove;
  • Prepare power points for nature educational programs.

 

Recreation

  • Construct kayak and canoe launch;
  • Construct and place wildlife habitat structures (eg.owl,wood duck, bat boxes)
  • Construct birding/wildlife observation blind.

 

Contact

David Mandrella - Park Ranger

Phone w (904)284-6378

david.mandrella@co.clay.fl.us

 

 

Projects / Opportunities

 

Community Service

  • General cleaning projects in buildings. (sweeping, washing, painting);

      Orange Blossom, Cooks Cabin, Wacasassee unit house and bath house Kiwita,

      Muskogee, Tree houses

  • Litter and garbage pickup around fishing pier and throughout the camp;
  • Maintain, expand and enhance the existing trail system;

 

 Education

  • Design interpretive signs, informational kiosks, brochures; self-guided hike;
  • Interpretive tree signs on hiking trail;
  • Kiosk from garage locate a place and develop signs;
  • Write brochure material;
  • Interpretive signs and kiosk for jungle trail;
  • Paint blue marks on trees for hiking trail;
  • Construct new trail;
  • Construct outdoor class room;
  • Interpretive signs and kiosk for jungle trail;
  • Develop self-guided hiking brochure;
  • Build new bridges over hiking trails;
  • Restore vacated campsites to natural vegetative community;
  • Establish photo monitoring points for all natural communities on the property;
  • Prepare plan to maintain forest communities (pine flatwoods and pine-hardwood);
  • Monitor natural communities for invasive exotic vegetation and remove;
  • Prepare power points for nature educational programs.

 

Recreation

  • Construct kayak and canoe launch;
  • Construct and place wildlife habitat structures (eg.owl,wood duck, bat boxes)
  • Construct birding/wildlife observation blind.