Due to Hurricane Irma Eco Adventure and the trails will be closed Friday September 8th-Monday September 11th. 

Eco Adventure

The UNF Eco Adventure office supports the University's objectives by offering experiences that cultivate awareness of the natural world. Our mission is to provide meaningful experiences and improve the quality of life of students, youth and the Northeast Florida community through experiential education in nature.

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UNF Environmental Education 

Our education programs include K-8 field trips, birthday parties, weekend hikes and Eco Camp in the summer months. We strive to bring youth and the community into nature, hosting our programs in the 382 acre Sawmill Slough Preserve on campus. Along our five mile trail system we teach participants about the local plants, animals and habitats that make up the preserve. Groups are not promitted onto the trails without prior contract, please email rectrail@unf.edu for individual and group contract reservations.

John M. Golden Environmental Education Pavilion

The John M. Golden Environmental Education Pavilion is a rustic 1500sq. ft. facility that is open daily for viewing of environmental displays and also available to student groups and organizations for meetings and programs. The facility was named in honor of UNF’s first Chief Ranger, John Golden who initiated and implemented the environmental programs now offered in the .
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Eco Gear Checkout & Trips

UNF Student Government provides funding for the Eco Adventure Program. Students can check out camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, kayaks, canoes and surfboards. Eco Adventure leaders plan and lead overnight and day wilderness trips which feature hiking, climbing, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing and white water rafting trips.  

Osprey Challenge Course 

 In 2012 the Osprey Challenge Course opened up to the UNF student body to offer, group, team-building programs. The OCC has been a huge success with clubs, teams, classes, and friend groups at UNF and has since opened up to the general public for group programming. 
WhiteWaterTripRaftingPhoto Osprey Challenge Ropes


Trail Closures  

The Red Maple Boardwalk is closed due to construction and maintenance, expected to reopen late Fall 2017.