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Family Fest

What is Family Fest?

Family Fest is a way to provide Jacksonville families with a fun, affordable celebration of literacy in the outdoors. This event will bring to life storytelling, music, arts and crafts in a natural setting. Family Fest strives to combine the efforts of the Child Development Research Center staff, Nature Trail staff and the University of North Florida faculty and students to reach out to the Jacksonville community to support literacy development.


The University of North Florida’s Child Development Research Center will host its 12th annual Family Fest at UNF’s Wildlife Sanctuary, near the nature trails located at the main campus entrance at Interstate 295. This event is free and open to the public.

Throughout the day, there will be 14 art-infused literacy activities, such as seed mosaics, rainbow fish, paper bag animal puppets and more. Other fun activities will include walking on nature trails and canoeing. Snacks will also be available for purchase.

Dr. Nile Stanley, a UNF associate professor of childhood education, will present poetry in motion. He is a featured storyteller, aka Nile Crocodile, for the Jacksonville Public Library and has authored several books, including “Literacy through Storytelling” and “Creating Readers with Poetry.” Dr. Gigi David, a UNF assistant professor of childhood education and children’s author, will interact with kids and discuss her books. Dr. David has several published books for children, including poetry, early reader books and picture books. Her latest book, “Just Mollie and Me,” helps children value relationships with elderly people living in their community.. Visit her website to preview some of her stories 

For more information about the event and to R.S.V.P., visit  or contact the CDRC at (904) 620-2372.

Family Fest is a spring event that will be held March 29, 2015 starting at 12:00 . Please check back for updates.