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Environmental Education Pavilion

The John M. Golden Education Pavilion


On April 11, 2008, the University of North Florida dedicated the 1,000-square-foot Environmental Education Pavilion to John M. Golden, UNF’s first Chief Eco Adventure Ranger and Environmental Educator for almost 20 years. The education pavilion functions as the headquarters for environmental education programs, the annual summer Osprey Eco Camp, and many other University events.


The octagonal shaped pavilion is rustic and constructed from rough wood timbers. Nestled among the green tree canopy on the shoreline of Lake Oneida, the many windows in the pavilion showcase the beauty of the UNF nature Preserve. A wrap-around porch is adorned with rocking chairs and benches. While the pavilion lacks air conditioning, the many windows allow for plenty of air circulation, making the temperature pleasant, even during summer. The pavilion is equipped for internet access via Wi-Fi connections and is set up in a comfortable rustic lodge style. It easily seats 40 people and has a maximum capacity of 70. Restrooms are easily accessible.


The pavilion is located at the edge of the UNF nature Preserve, next to Lot 100 and Parking Services.

Pavilion Rentals

The facility is available for use by University organizations, departments and the general public. The pavilion is generally available for rental on weekdays from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. or weekends from 8 a.m -10 p.m.


Rental fees are based on the type of organization renting and the amount of time rented.  Users can choose from a half day rental of 1-4 hours or a daily rate . In addition to rental fee, a charge of $8.00 per hour is required for staffing the event throughout the duration of the event. Staff time will include 30 minutes before the event for any preparation, the duration of the event, and 30 minutes after the event for clean up.


For more information or to reserve the Golden Pavilion please contact Justin Hites, Coordinator of Environmental Education, at (904) 620-5952.


Rates
 

Renting Group

1-4 Hours

Daily (4+ Hours)

UNF group (no rental fee for general events)

$0  + staff time

$0 + staff time

UNF group (when involved in a for-profit fundraising event)

$50.00 + staff time

$100.00 + staff time

Non-UNF non-profit community group (non-profit # required)

$75.00 + staff time

$150.00 + staff time

General Public

$150.00 + staff time

$250.00 + staff time

 

Regulations

  • Users are welcome to bring their own food and refreshments or use Mayes Catering Services (904) 249-8437.
  • Alcohol is not permitted
  • Users will be billed for all staff time and additional rental fee if the event exceeds the contract time limits.

Birthday Party Package

Give your child a unique and unforgettable Osprey Party! Let us host your child’s birthday party!

 

In this party package a Ranger will open the Pavilion and give a brief introduction to the Sawmill Slough Preserve, including relevant safety points. Parents and children are then welcome to use the Pavilion and nature Preserve for activities of their choosing.

 

Our party package is 3 hours and is staffed by 1 Ranger. Price: $150 which includes a $25 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking.

 

Parties are offered on Thursdays-Sundays. (Exclude dates when the University is closed). Thursdays and Fridays parties are offered in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday parties are offered in the morning & afternoon hrs. Party reservations should be made at least 2 weeks in advance.

 

Groups 20+ require an additional Ranger. The additional charge is $30. ($10 per hour).

 

View our party packet for more information.

 

Additional Activities

Green Activity

Blue Activity

Yellow Activity

Purple Activity

Ranger led hike or game: additional $30

Canoeing: additional $60

Ranger led hike & game: additional 60

Ranger led hike or game & canoeing: additional $100

 


Additional activities can be added on the Osprey Party Package for an additional cost that will be added onto the Osprey Party price. Activities on the lake include one lifeguard. Games are created by Environmental Education Rangers and will be primarily wildlife focused and age appropriate.


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