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

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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?

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

2018 St. Johns River Experience

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The St. Johns River Experience is a unique undergraduate course that explores the history and ecology of the St. Johns River. The course combines classroom lectures, lab work and field experiences to create a transformational experience that students will remember for a lifetime. Guest Speakers Guest speakers are an important component of the St. Johns River Experience, providing valuable expertise… Read more2018 St. Johns River Experience

Students Tour Recycling Center

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Inquisitive recyclers from the UNF Environmental Center and Timucuan Parks Foundation embarked on a trip to Republic Services to broaden their knowledge of recycling! We attended this tour so we could further educate ourselves on what is recyclable and what happens after it is collected. For those you who could not attend the tour, you can watch this great video… Read moreStudents Tour Recycling Center

Project Leader Attends Outdoor Nation Training in Washington D.C.

Project Leader Kyle Kenney and 18 other students from colleges and universities from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Outdoor Nation Campus Ambassadors orientation and training. In December, Kenney, who is part of the Environmental Leadership Program, applied for and was awarded a grant from Outdoor Nation and the National Park Service that would help fund his… Read moreProject Leader Attends Outdoor Nation Training in Washington D.C.

2018 Seed Grant Recipients

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The Environmental Center is pleased to announce the 2018 Seed Grant recipients. Seed Grants are available to faculty from any college and encourage interdisciplinary research focused on the three priority areas of the Environmental Center, which are parks and preserves; rivers, coasts and springs; and sustainability. These environmental research grants are funded through the River Branch Foundation. This year the… Read more2018 Seed Grant Recipients

Project Leader Attends National Conference on Food Justice and Food Recovery

On November 3, 2017, Project Leader Courtney Hogan of the “Food Fighters: Student-Powered Hunger Relief” team attended the second annual Food Recovery Dialogue in Washington, D.C.  This conference brought together the 230 chapters of student-led, food recovery programs from all over the country. The network serves as a coalition of student groups who collect prepared, unserved food from dining halls… Read moreProject Leader Attends National Conference on Food Justice and Food Recovery

Beyond the Trail: The Art of Science

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Historical reenactor Mike Adams stole the show at the first event of “Beyond the Trail: the Art of Science,” held at Palmetto Leaves Regional Park, when he brought to life William Bartram. Participants heard first-hand what it was like for “Billy” to experience Florida in all of its grandeur and mysteriousness as a traveler in the late 1700s: “I heard… Read moreBeyond the Trail: The Art of Science