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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. CDRC has held this event for the past 12 years, Through this event we 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  Family Fest is always held at UNF’s Wildlife Sanctuary, near the nature trails located at the main campus entrance at Interstate 295. This event is open to the public.

 Several art-infused literacy activities, such as seed mosaics, rainbow fish, paper bag animal puppets are offered  through out the event. Other fun activities include walking on nature trails and canoeing. Snacks are available for purchase.

Dr. Nile Stanley, a UNF associate professor of childhood education,  presents 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, also interacts with kids and discusses 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 


 Please check back for updates regarding this year's event!