UNDERWATER CORAL AT NIGHT
Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better Albert Einstein
The great American naturalist John Bartram (Bartram Trail and Bartram High School) explored the St. Johns River, west of St. Augustine, painting and writing about the local flora and fauna. He authored interpretive nature books that have been popular in America.
St. Augustine's natural history must be protected and preserved. As recent as 2005, the City of St. Augustine voted to permit a developer to build a strip mall and condominiums on top of a 3000-4000 year old Indian village along the banks of Red House Branch. Red House Branch was a place where St. Augustine High School students enjoyed nature studies for decades.
The St. Augustine National Historical Park and Seashore aims to preserve 61 miles of beach, 310 miles of the St. Johns River, and hundreds of thousands of acres of St. Johns River Water Management District lands including five current state parks --- Anastasia State Park, Deep Creek State Forest, Faver-Dykes State Park, Fort Mose Historical Park, and GUANA.