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 acres and includes wetlands, sandhills
The preserve includes five different trail routes of varying lengths and difficulty levels. Tucker took the group by Lake Oneida – a
The Gopher Tortoise Ridge is a short trail that boasts many gopher tortoise burrows along turkey oaks and longleaf pines. If the weather is right and you are lucky enough, you may see a gopher tortoise or two outside of their burrows.
The 2018-2019 series for Beyond the Trail has now concluded. Each event revealed new information about how the St. Johns River connects us to our parks and our city.
I joined the Environmental Leadership Program to aid in my growth both professionally and personally. The program allows for a community of like-minded students to help one another gain valuable skills and achieve their goals. Through the program I hope to gain the skills needed to become a strong leader and advocate for the environment while making a positive impact in our community.