Beyond the Trail: The Art of Science

What is Beyond the Trail

Beyond the Trail graphicThe third series of Beyond the Trail combines art and science as we explore our parks and preserves. Students and community members will use “both sides of their brain” as Project Leader Brandie Brooks merges her passion for creativity and biology within each event. Featured guests include William Bartram and environmental artist, Sarah Crooks-Flaire. For the first time, participants will work together to create an art project made from recycled materials collected from various clean-ups, as well as be treated to a special “wrap-up” event. 

Each event in the series will highlight a different city, state or national park in Northeast Florida and a different art form that makes environmental science accessible and interesting to the public. Students who participate will have the opportunity to network with business and environmental leaders from within the community.


Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in the country with 80,000 acres of protected land, and each park is unique with its own rich history, culture and wildlife. UNF's own President John A. Delaney was instrumental in expanding Jacksonville's park system while mayor through the Preservation Project Jacksonville, which aimed to preserve environmentally sensitive lands that would ultimately create the largest urban park system in the nation. In 2010, the Preservation Project Jacksonville's goals switched from acquisition to activation, and changed their name to the Timucuan Parks Foundation. The Foundation serves to protect, preserve and promote the Timucuan Trail Parks through advocacy, fundraising and marketing, and is a key partner in the Beyond the Trail series. Visit the Timucuan Parks Foundation's website to learn more about TPF and the Jacksonville preservation parks

Project Partners

Timucuan Parks Foundation National Park Service Florida State Parks City of Jacksonville 

How to Participate 

Beyond the Trail is open to both students and community members. 


Registration for students has already reached max capacity. If you are interested in being placed on a wait list, please e-mail Project Leader Brandie Brooks.

COMMUNITY PARTICIPANTS — $25 for entire series or $10 per event 

Community members are encouraged to participate in the entire five-part series; however, they can choose the events they wish to attend. If community members register for the entire series, they will receive an original Beyond the Trail T-shirt and invitation to a special wrap up party on Saturday, March 10. Individual event registration covers the cost of all activities and includes lunch. The deadline for full registration is Wednesday, Sept. 27, however, you can register for a single event anytime. 


Questions? Contact Project Leader Brandie Brooks or stop by the Environmental Center office in Building 1, Room 2200. 


Beyond the Trail Registration - Deadline Wednesday, Sept. 27

Environmental Leadership Program    

The Beyond the Trail series is a product of the Environmental Leadership Program and was created by former Project Leader Renee Hutchins. The Environmental Leadership Program aims to identify passionate, young leaders and develop them into the next generation of leaders by engaging them in leadership activities. As part of the program, students become project leaders and design and implement projects in collaboration with community mentors and Environmental Center staff and faculty. Learn more about project leaders.     

Past Beyond the Trail Programs


2016-17: Beyond the Trail: A Walk Through History

BTT: Group Photo 2016

2016-17: Beyond the Trail: A Walk Through History — Schedule



2015-16 Beyond the Trail: Park Discovery Series

BTT: Group Photo 2015

2015-16: Beyond the Trail: Park Discover Series — Schedule