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

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

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

Beyond the Trail: A Walk Through History

Students hiking

Come explore the largest urban park system in the United States! Network with Northeast Florida environmental professionals and leaders!  Learn about the history and culture that dates back over 10,000 years! Make new friends on campus and within the community! Through the Environmental Center’s “Environmental Leadership Program,” in 2016, student project leader Renee Hutchins created the original “Beyond the Trail:… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A Walk Through History

2017 St. Johns River Experience

Students on the glass bottom boat

Every spring, the Environmental Center and a select group of students, embark on a journey exploring the St. Johns River and its diverse watershed. These students enroll in the St. Johns River Experience, a multidisciplinary Transformational Learning Opportunity that combines classroom learning with experiential learning. The highlight of the course is a full-immersion trip over spring break where students spend… Read more2017 St. Johns River Experience