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The kids are out of school — and full of energy. Good thing we know where they can get some of it out of their systems. The YMCA at Wildlight has programs and services for everyone to participate in.

Summer Camps
One of the most popular is the camps for kids ages 5–12. The YMCA has a wide range, including half-day specialty camps and full-day options — all offering the opportunity to learn new skills, find new hobbies and make new friends. The Y also offers swim lessons and swim tests for kids and adults alike. Active duty military? The Wildlight Y has a camp for kids of active-duty members through their Operation Hero program.

Sports Programs
The YMCA fun goes beyond camps. The Y has youth sports programs to get the kids moving, with youth basketball at the McArthur Family YMCA, and flag football and soccer at the YMCA at Wildlight. These leagues are another great way for kids to build camaraderie with their peers and develop friendships that will last beyond even the summer. (And the games are fun to watch, too!) And teens don’t need to feel left out of the fun. There are awesome opportunities to be camp counselors. (Just ask Autumn Franks.)

Fun for All Ages
The YMCA at Wildlight also has opportunities for the entire family to get out of the house, like the Families Unplugged series. It’s a chance to unplug and connect outside the house, without technology. (Kids not on phones … remember what that’s like?) And if you want to have a date night, Parent’s Night Out lets you go out together, and know that the kids are safe and staying occupied, having fun with games and arts & crafts.

It’s going to be a busy summer, and thanks to the Y, boredom won’t be a thing. Interested in becoming a member or learning more about the programs and services they offer? Stop by the Wildlight Y in person (it’s right in the community!), or visit online at fcymca.org.

Read more at the News Leader.

WILDLIGHT, Fla.—May 2, 2024—Wildlight, a master-planned mixed-use development in Nassau County, is pleased to announce that Hamlet at Wildlight and Exchange at Wildlight are available to lease. The mix of newly constructed single-family rental homes and luxury apartments brings a total of 550 additional housing units to Wildlight.

Hamlet at Wildlight, a distinctive community developed by Middleburg Communities, unveils 250 thoughtfully designed living spaces encompassing charming cottages and elegant townhomes, boasting one-, two- and three- bedroom homes. Residents of Hamlet at Wildlight experience the tranquility of single-family living combined with the warmth of a close-knit neighborhood, all while embracing the convenience of maintenance-free lifestyles. Enriching the resident experience are unparalleled amenities, including a cutting-edge fitness center, a luxurious resort-style pool, a dedicated dog park, on-site maintenance services and a welcoming clubhouse. Designed with sustainability in mind, the community offers a harmonious blend of privacy, outdoor living spaces, top-of- the-line appliances, smart thermostats and attached garages available in select units. Hamlet at Wildlight sets a new standard for modern living, providing residents with a sanctuary that seamlessly integrates nature, comfort, convenience and environmental consciousness.

Exchange at Wildlight, a community of luxury apartment homes developed by Hathaway Companies and managed by Provence Real Estate, presents elevated living with modern comforts amid a variety of spacious one-, two- and three- bedroom floorplans. Boasting 300 units, residents enjoy the convenience of doorstep valet trash pickup, open floor plans, expansive balconies or patios, gourmet kitchens and luxurious bathrooms. Community amenities include a grand clubhouse, 24/7 package concierge lockers, a resort style pool, cybercafé, dedicated fitness center, dog park and electric car charging stations. Private garages are also available.

“The launch of the Hamlet and Exchange properties marks a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to providing diverse housing options within our community,” stated Wildlight Vice President Wes Hinton. “We are proud to offer residents modern, low-maintenance living spaces accompanied by top-tier amenities that cater to their lifestyle needs.” Residents will have access to Wildlight’s ample green space and more than 11 miles of walking trails, while taking part in lively social events including movie nights, farmers’ markets and concerts held monthly in the community.

Click here for inquiries about Hamlet at Wildlight.

Click here for inquiries about Exchange at Wildlight.


Read more at the Jacksonville Daily Record and the News Leader.

WILDLIGHT, Fla.—April 25, 2024—Wildlight, a master-planned mixed-use development
in Nassau County, today announced that The Church of Eleven22® will establish a
Wildlight campus. This marks the first location of The Church of Eleven22 in Nassau
County.


Located on the south side of state road 200, across from Crosstown Boulevard, the
campus will feature a spacious sanctuary and worship center spanning 40,000 square
feet, accommodating 1,000+ Wildlight residents, locals and visitors. Construction is
scheduled to begin this summer with a targeted completion date set for 2026. Ahead of
the official opening, a mobile campus is expected to launch in the fall of 2024 to serve as
a temporary worship center for the community.


“The Church of Eleven22 is excited for the incredible opportunity to expand into Nassau
County within the growing community at Wildlight. At Eleven22, we are a movement for
all people to discover and deepen a relationship with Jesus Christ,” expressed Jay Owen,
Eleven22 Executive Director of Communication & Digital Discipleship. “We have been
blessed with incredible favor from God and how He continues to move in us and through
us at The Church of Eleven22. We are excited for the build-out of this campus and look
forward to creating a place of worship for both residents and visitors alike.”


“Welcoming The Church of Eleven22 to Wildlight signifies more than just the
establishment of a physical campus; it represents our commitment to fostering a
flourishing community,” added Wes Hinton, vice president of Wildlight. “We believe that
the inclusion of Eleven22 will enrich the fabric of Wildlight while creating more
opportunities for connection.”


The new Wildlight campus will join 13 other Eleven22 locations across northeast Florida
and southeast Georgia.

Scherer Construction is leading the design build project. The architect is Basham & Lucas
Design Group.


Wildlight’s newest neighborhood, Hawthorn Park, doesn’t have a pond. It has three. But that’s not the only nature you’ll find here. This enclave by Pulte Homes backs to a preserve and has trail connections right outside your front door. And if you want to stroll to sushi or the hair salon, or bike to a craft beer at Mocama, you can do just that, because those trails will lead you to the Village Center

Want to experience even more of the great outdoors? Whistling Duck Pond will be opening nearby soon (hint: start looking for a kayak or canoe). And Four O’clock Park, Coin Toss Park and Waterbug Park offer even more ways to spend your days — from sports courts and an event lawn to bocce ball and a playful pool. Even the furry family members of the four-legged kind have their own opportunity to expend some energy, at their very own off-leash area. If you’re thinking that sounds like a pretty perfect place to live, well, you’re absolutely right. 

New homes … and a new kind of home

Hawthorn Park has two kinds of single-family homes by Pulte Homes. New-to-Wildight bungalows, with front porches and alley-load garages (many with homesites facing the pond). And the Village Homes, with thoughtful features like family-friendly gathering spaces and oversized kitchens. Whatever stage in life you’re at, or whichever floorplan you prefer, you’ll find the home that suits you best in this exciting new neighborhood.  

Ready to find your new home at Hawthorn Park? Prices start in the $300s.

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March 9th was a big day. As in big fun. A big run. And a big donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County. 

Let’s start at … well, the starting line. Where over 923 runners participated in our second annual Run Wild 5K, new 10K and Family Fun Run. The course took place on the trailways and through the neighborhoods of Wildlight, where mile paces were met and personal records were set. And spectators had a great time lining the streets and cheering on friends, family — and complete strangers, too. 

Across the finish line (where runners 21+ were greeted by a finisher beer from Mocama Beer Company), there was a lot more fun waiting. Like food trucks with crepes and refreshing Italian ice. A local vendor marketplace. A kids’ zone with rock wall, face painting, balloon animals and more. Massages for the runners. And live music by The Band Be Easy for a little post-run dancing. 

A big shout-out to everyone who participated — and helped Wildlight raise $3,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County. The volunteers who made everything run (pun intended) seamlessly. And our top men’s and women’s finishers: Eden Kendall (24:24) and Cayden Driggers (19:29) in the 5K and Marin Bograd (45:00) and Zach Wrobel (40:43) in the 10K. (Check out the full list of participants and finish times here.) 

We’ve included some of our favorite pics from the day. But if you want to see more (or see what you missed), you can find more photos here and a video here

After two years of successful races, we’d say we’re sufficiently warmed up for another Run Wild next year. Stay tuned!  

Collage of Run Wild 2024 images

The benefits of living in Nassau County

Living in Nassau County has countless benefits. And call us biased, but Wildlight is one of them. Beyond the variety of homes to fit every kind of family, we’re also proud to have a top-rated school right in the community. Read on to see why our part of Northeast Florida just might be the right move for you. 

A lower cost of living

When you look at the price of a home in Nassau County vs. neighboring St. Johns County, the numbers are a welcome change. According to The Jacksonville Business Journal, the median price in Nassau County is $458K compared to St. Johns’ $510K. Meaning you can either get the same size home for less money—or get more bang for your buck. And because much of the land here is still being developed, your options for variety when searching for a new home are greater, too. (You can start your home search at Wildlight right here.)

Beaches, jobs and a small-town feel

Nassau County has been gaining popularity because it puts you close to beaches. Close to employment centers. Near the airport and activity of Jacksonville. But with a noticeably less crowded feel than some of the surrounding areas. In fact, at the end of 2023, the population of Nassau County was 102,000—about a third of St. Johns’ 327,000 residents. In other words, a little breathing room.  

A great education at Wildlight

Students who live in our community get to learn in one of the best school districts in the state. The Nassau County School District is ranked #2 out of 67, thanks to high graduation rates, impressive test scores and consistent “A” ratings. Combine that with a low 16:1 average student-teacher ratio, a diverse variety of sports and extracurriculars, academically rigorous courses and a focus on incorporating the latest technology in classrooms, and you can see why kids here are set up to succeed. And if you have a child in elementary school, you’ll be happy to know that U.S. News & World Report just ranked our very own Wildlight Elementary 4th out of all the public elementary schools in Northeast Florida. Which means your kids can not only learn at one of the best schools in the area … they can walk there, too. 

Interested in living in Northeast Florida? Find your new home at Wildlight from the $500s.  Find your home.

We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of Mocama Wildlight, the latest addition to our vibrant community. Mocama Wildlight is set to celebrate its highly anticipated opening on Oct. 14, 2023, promising a festive experience for community residents and visitors alike. 

The grand opening event will kick off at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday at the new Mocama Beer Company satellite taproom, located in our former StoryCenter. Attendees can look forward to a fun-filled afternoon of delicious brews, bites and live entertainment. Highlights of the event include: 

• Local Vendors: Mocama Wildlight is delighted to feature several local vendors during the grand opening including Amelia Island Julz, The Heirloom Yard and The Blueberry Ranch. 

• Food Trucks: A delectable selection of local food trucks will be on-site to satisfy every palate. 

• Live Music: Guests will enjoy a live performance by The Chelsey Michelle Band from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., adding a vibrant soundtrack to the festivities. 

• Family Fun: This event is designed for all ages, with activities and entertainment for families and friends to enjoy. 

• Pet-Friendly Space: Mocama Wildlight is proud to be a pet-friendly establishment, offering an outdoor space where your furry friends are welcome to join in the fun. 

Following the grand opening event, Mocama Wildlight will operate with the following hours: 

• Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

• Friday: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm 

• Saturday: noon to midnight 

• Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

“Mocama Wildlight is dedicated to creating a welcoming and lively gathering place where the community can come together to savor great beer, delicious food and unforgettable moments,” said Simon Muldoon, Mocama Beer Company’s operations manager. “We couldn’t be more excited to join the Wildlight community.” 

Mocama Wildlight will feature a variety of offerings to cater to diverse tastes, including small-batch tap-room exclusives and beer flights, a curated wine selection, seltzers and non-alcoholic options, and packaged beer to-go. Outdoor seating areas will play host to festivals and culinary events for families and guests of all ages. Additionally, guests can enjoy live music every Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., making Mocama Wildlight the perfect destination for a memorable night out. 

Looking for a venue for your upcoming holiday gathering or private event? Mocama Wildlight offers both indoor and outdoor space and is ready to host your special occasion. For more information on events and private bookings, please contact events@mocama.com. 

A well-known and highly respected amphibian once said, “It’s not easy being green.” And he was right. Figuring out how to build a community that lives in balance and in close relationship with nature is a complicated, work-intensive undertaking. But is it ever worth it.

When a community is oriented around nature — protecting it and connecting to it — day-to-day life takes on a different complexion. It becomes richer. Healthier. Filled with more activity, more fresh air and more moments of quiet awe.

So that’s the kind of community we’re creating in Wildlight. Here’s how …

Sustainable by design

Long before construction began, a team of engineers and scientists worked together on a plan that would allow community and nature to thrive together. What resulted was a new pattern of community, in which neighborhoods and business districts are carefully interwoven with each other and with parks, trails and conservation land. Creating a place that both preserves nature and inspires everyone to get out and enjoy it.

Conservation gone wild

We’ve set aside roughly half of Wildlight’s overall acreage as dedicated conservation land, much of it in the 7,000-acre Wildlight Conservation Network located in the next phase of Wildlight. In Wildlight’s permanently protected wetlands and forests, native species can continue to thrive. And the expanding Wildlight Trailways network (already 10+ miles long) lets you explore these pristine expanses of Northeast Florida lowcountry nature.

All-natural water management

Nature is more than beautiful. It’s practical. It’s really good at what it does. And one of its most important jobs is capturing and purifying water. With its extensive natural forest and wetland areas, Wildlight allows rainfall to seep into the ground, slowly being cleansed as it travels down into the soil, and eventually making its way to the underground aquifer that supplies the region’s drinking water. Even the developed areas of Wildlight are designed to intelligently manage stormwater runoff and allow nature to do its thing.

Mixing it all together

It’s one thing to conserve nature. It’s another to make it readily accessible to people. The community plan for Wildlight lets us do both at the same time. Each homesite has easy connections to parks, trails and big swaths of nature for even more access to the outdoors. And by providing plenty of walking/biking paths and bringing the homes closer not only to nature but to restaurants, shops and offices, we create a community that lives more like a small town where everything is an easy stroll or bike ride away.

More nature, just around the corner

The Wildlight Conservation Network isn’t the only important new nature area we’re introducing in our next phase. We’re also creating a 13-mile-long linear park that will stretch along the bluffs of the St. Marys River. We call it the Green Ribbon. And with its 8 miles of river frontage, the park will be anchored by a variety of experiences including a publicly accessible trail that ties the park together. 

Also, we can’t talk about nearby nature without mentioning the White Oak Conservation center. Located about 10 miles north of Wildlight, White Oak shares some of its heritage with our community since both places are built on land that was once part of Rayonier’s sustainable timber-growing operation. On its 17,000 acres, White Oak helps to protect and advance the understanding of dozens of endangered species including the Florida panther, the Mississippi sandhill crane and three different types of rhinoceros.  

Get a little wild

If you visit Wildlight, you’re welcome to take some time exploring our Wildlight Trailways. You might spot a fox or bobcat or one of the dozens of bird species that migrate along the Atlantic Flyway. You can even experience some of the wetlands using our boardwalk trails. And all along the way, you’ll find fun, informative signs that inspire a deeper understanding and greater appreciation of all things wild and Floridian. 

Download our trail map.

Northeast Florida is growing quickly. And since some of our new neighbors may be unfamiliar with how to prepare for hurricane season, we thought it might be helpful to pull together a few helpful facts and resources. 

When is hurricane season?

The Atlantic hurricane season stretches from June 1 to November 30. But tropical storms and even a few hurricanes have formed in every month of the year. 

How many storms occur during that time?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers an annual hurricane prediction for the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. On average, Florida is affected by a tropical storm or hurricane once every three years.

What are some ways I can stay prepared?

Nassau County Emergency Management has a whole webpage dedicated to hurricane preparedness, including ways to prepare far ahead of time and what to do when a storm is approaching or has made landfall. And Wildlight’s very own Home Owners Association has put together an extensive Disaster Preparedness Guide that covers everything from floods to fires. Another excellent resource is this disaster supply kit checklist from floridadisaster.org.

How can I stay up to date on hurricanes and tropical storms?

First, NOAA has a webpage that tracks every storm in the Atlantic. So you can see what’s brewing days before it gets close to Florida. And Nassau County has set up the opt-in AlertNassau service that will send you the latest updates on storms and other emergency situations via text, voice or email.

Why does northeast Florida experience so few hurricanes?

Northeast Florida has had fewer hurricane strikes in the last century than many other places in Florida. In fact, since 1851 (when people began to keep track of storm data) the region has been affected by a hurricane only once every six or seven years, with only one Category 3 storm and no Category 4 or 5 storms. Why so few? It’s a simple matter of geography. If you look at a map, you’ll see that the Atlantic coastline dips northwest, forming a sort of protected bay around the Jacksonville region. Just another confirmation that your decision to move here was a good one. 

Is Wildlight designed to withstand a hurricane?

Over the past decade, hurricane-resistant home design has advanced significantly. And Wildlight is one of the beneficiaries. All our homes are built to the latest standards for hurricane resiliency. And the community itself has been designed to manage large amounts of stormwater, greatly reducing the chance of flooding. 

No community or homebuilder can guarantee absolute invulnerability to storm damage. But with the steps we and our builders have taken, combined with Wildlight’s location on elevated land a few miles inland, you have a lot to feel good about. 

One last piece of advice

Keep in mind that you live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Like every other place, we sometimes have to contend with the extremes of nature. But just take some steps to prepare, take a deep breath, and go enjoy a sunny Florida day.

On March 11th, over 500 runners took their marks and got set to run in the first Run Wild 5K and Family Fun Run. Participants of all ages (from 2 to 83!) found themselves enjoying a morning of events that included everything from an exciting race course to an awesome Kids’ Zone. 

Running through our trails and neighborhoods — on asphalt, gravel and boardwalks, and over wetlands and natural grass, we think it’s safe to say our racers had a great time. (Speaking of times, we want to give a shout-out to Kathryn Ches and Connor Etheridge, our top female and male finishers who finished in 21:43 and 19:26, respectively.) 

Of course it wasn’t “run and done.” Racers (and spectators) also got to enjoy the food trucks, beers from SJ Brewing, and the local vendor marketplace. As for the kids? They lined up (balloon animals in hand) to ride the rides in the Kids’ Zone. 

It was a good day, and we did some good, too — awarding Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida with a check for $3,000 from the race proceeds. 

So, what do you say? Let’s do it again next year. 

P.S. Whether you missed the Run Wild 5K (or just want to relive the memories) you can view some highlights in the video.

Highlights from the 2023 Run Wild 5K.