Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It Wrap Up

This year, student project leader Katie Vearil led the fourth series of “Beyond the Trail.” After participating in the St. Johns River Experience at UNF, she was inspired to educate others on the historical, scientific, and economic significance of the river.  This inspired her to create, “Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It.” The first event of the series… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It Wrap Up

Beyond The Trail: A River Runs Through It January 2019 Event

A group of college students and community members sitting in a park.

The January 2019 event in the Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It took place at Friendship Fountain with UNF professor Dr. Charles Closmann. In the early days of settlement in Jacksonville, the St. Johns River played a major role in trade. Goods such as lumber were shipped down the river. Eventually railroads developed alongside the river to make Jacksonville… Read moreBeyond The Trail: A River Runs Through It January 2019 Event

Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It November 2018 Event at Julington- Durbin Preserve

Group photo

The third event in Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It took place in November with the St. Johns River Water Management District. The featured speaker for the event was Jennifer Mitchell, the public communications coordinator of the SJRWMD. The event took place at Julington-Durbin Preserve. The preserve is a quiet getaway filled with diverse ecosystems nestled between suburbs and… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It November 2018 Event at Julington- Durbin Preserve

Preservation Project Jacksonville: The Untold Story

photo of bridge at Camp Milton

An exciting history of conservation and preservation. The largest urban park system in the United States. Over 51,000 acres of preserved land. Would you guess that all of this is in Jacksonville, Florida? For the past year, I have been speaking with and interviewing individuals who were pertinent to the creation of Preservation Project Jacksonville (PPJ). By hearing directly from… Read morePreservation Project Jacksonville: The Untold Story

Bottlenose Dolphins of the St. Johns River

Dolphin jumping

This post has been curated in conjunction with the “Highlights” section of the 2018 St. Johns River Report bringing attention to bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncates) inhabitants of the St. Johns River. Bottlenose dolphins utilize areas of the St. Johns River from the mouth to further upriver, going up to 35 miles away. Unfortunately, as human presence increases along the St…. Read moreBottlenose Dolphins of the St. Johns River

Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It – Event 2 with Groundwork Jacksonville

The second event Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It took place in October with Groundwork Jacksonville. The featured speaker was Kay Ehas, the CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville. Groundwork Jacksonville is a local non-profit that focuses its efforts in the historic Springfield area and the Eastside neighborhood towards restoring Hogans and McCoys creeks and creating parks and trails in… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It – Event 2 with Groundwork Jacksonville

Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It Event One at Theodore Roosevelt Area

Group photo

This year, student project leader Katie Vearil took over the fourth series of “Beyond the Trail.” After participating in the St. Johns River Experience at UNF, she was inspired to educate others on the historical, scientific, and economic significance of the river.  This inspiration led her to create “Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It.” The first event of… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It Event One at Theodore Roosevelt Area

Politics: A Dirty Word?

President Nixon signing a document

If you’re like me, you were most likely taught to avoid three topics of discussion; sex, politics, and religion. For most occasions, this is sound advice. People tend to have very strong opinions on politics and religion in particular, and questioning those beliefs is considered rude. I shall leave it up to you whether you wish to discuss sex or… Read morePolitics: A Dirty Word?

Everything to Know about the Red Tide

Everything to Know about the Red Tide

All over the news and social media, more and more pictures of mass marine die-offs washing up onto shore are popping up. These pictures and videos are indeed scary, however, they do an excellent job in bringing awareness to the red tide crisis occurring in Florida. But what exactly is a “red tide”? Well, the red tides here in Florida… Read moreEverything to Know about the Red Tide

2018 Environmental Leadership Fall Retreat

The ELP fall retreat is a three day event that “kicks-off” the fall semester in which the Environmental Center staff and student project leaders gather to participate in team-building activities, enjoy the natural environment and develop leadership skills. This year’s fall retreat was held at Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center in Live Oak, Florida. This “all-inclusive, retreat into nature”… Read more2018 Environmental Leadership Fall Retreat