UNF’s Well-Lit Future

LED bulb surrounded by leaves

Here at UNF, the goal to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly is always a top priority. Over the past few years, the university has been switching to LED lighting to improve energy efficiency and operating costs. According to Dr. Wallace Harris, associate director for Physical Facilities, the university has already replaced lighting along all streets and parking lots… Read moreUNF’s Well-Lit Future

Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It Wrap- Up Party

The final event of Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It took place at the UNF Sawmill Slough Preserve. Jake Tucker, an employee of UNF’s Environmental Center that performs wildlife monitoring in the preserve was the featured speaker for the event. Former UNF President John Delany classified the area as a preserve in 2006. The preserve has almost 400… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It Wrap- Up Party

Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through February Event with the St. Johns Riverkeeper

Group kayaking

The February event of Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It featured kayaking with Kelly Patton Thompson from the St. Johns Riverkeeper. The St. Johns Riverkeeper is an organization that works to be the voice of the St. Johns River and the communities that live and work in the watershed. The organization provides educational classes and materials, advocates for… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A River Runs Through February Event with the St. Johns Riverkeeper

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