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March 2016

Student Spotlight: Kim Daley-Crews

Kim Daly-Crews, ProjectWhere are you from? I was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia and raised in Weston, Florida.


Why did you come to UNF and what is your favorite spot on campus? I came to UNF because I needed to get a bachelor's degree and really liked the biology program. My favorite spot on campus is in front of the biology building. I enjoy it because there are a lot of plants and small birds that like to hang out around there, so I often sit there and watch the birds.


What is your major? Why did you choose that major? My major is ecology and evolutionary biology. I chose it as my major because many other biology tracks were focused on coastal or pre-med things, and that is not what I was looking for.


What are your plans after graduation? I plan to take a year or so off from school to work. I would like to get my master's degree in the near future.


What is your dream job? When I started at UNF, my dream was to be a zookeeper, but I have changed my mind since then. I now work for a lab that focuses on reproductive research and building sustainable global populations of exotic species, and I love it!


How did you get involved with the Environmental Center? Last semester I was between jobs and saw that the Environmental Center was hiring. I am very interested in conservation and ecology, so I figured it would be a great opportunity.  


What is your job title and what do you do at the Environmental Center? I am a project leader and my project is building the Citizen Science Program. We currently have three projects that volunteers can do: (1) mammal monitoring, (2) bird monitoring and (3) plant monitoring.


What is your favorite Environmental Center activity? Citizen Science!


What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love to go canoeing and camping with my husband.


What are your hobbies? What clubs and volunteer activities are you involved in? In my spare time, I like to craft. I like to scrapbook and make cards and occasionally try to make things I see on Pinterest. I am the volunteer coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Club and I frequently volunteer at White Oak Conservation Center.


Who is your hero and why? As I have gotten older, I realize that my heroes are my parents. It sounds cheesy, but they did a lot to make sure my sister and I had the things we needed growing up. I never really appreciated how hard they worked until now. I always tell my husband if we ever won the lottery, the first thing we would do is give my parents a heaping pile of cash!


What is the environmental issue you are most interested in? My biggest issue is too much development. People keep building shopping plazas and houses when there are so many half-empty plazas and developments already! I think we should use what we already have instead of plowing over natural areas to build more things.


What makes you passionate about the environment? The thought of future generations not having the beautiful plant life that we have today. I want future generations to be able to go outside and enjoy nature; I don't want them to be surrounded by development. A concrete jungle can never measure up to the real one.

Learn more about other student project leaders

Students Present at the Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Florida Undergraduate Research Conference is one of the nation's largest mutlidisciplinary research conferences. The annual event is open to all undergraduate researchers in the state of Florida to present their research in a poster forum.


The Environmental Center was proud to have five students attend and present their research at the 2016 Florida Undergraduate Research Conference. All five students are project leaders in the new Environmental Leadership Program.


Caitlin Kengle

Garbage on the Green: An Annual Waste Audit


Madison Masters, Daniel Norez and Kelly Rhoden

Springfield and Eastside Urban Reforestation Plan


Danielle Tipley

A Survey of Benthic Cyanobacteria in the Middle Basin of the St. Johns River


Student at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference
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Reusable Bag Design Competition

To build upon the energy and celebrate the importance of campus sustainability, the UNF Bookstore, Environmental Center and Pepsi are hosting a reusable bag design contest. Students of all majors, faculty and alumni are encouraged to participate! The winning design will be printed on approximately 1,000 reusable bags that will given out to customers during the beginning of the fall semester. The winner will be awarded an Environmental Center T-shirt and a prize of their choice under $50 from the Bookstore. We will announce the winner on Earth Day, April 22.

  • Please submit a digital design by e-mail to unfecenter@gmail.com by 5 p.m. Friday, April 15.
  • Dimension of the design should be no bigger than 12" tall by 6" wide.
  • Include name of designer, classification (student, faculty, alumnus) and major or department in submission e-mail.

Contact James Taylor for more information

Give Springs a Break

The Florida Springs Institute will host their annual Give Springs a Break event at Ginnie Springs from Friday, April 1, through Sunday, April 3. The event is intended for students interested in environmental careers; however, it is open to all students.


During Give Springs a Break, students will learn about Florida springs from scientists, artists, explorers and advocates. In addition, students will have an opportunity to network with like-minded students from around the state! The event features two nights of camping, swimming in the springs, floating down the river and campfire fun.


The all-inclusive weekend costs $50 per student. Students may also join for the day on Saturday for $25. The Environmental Center will be offering a limited number of scholarships to current UNF students in good academic standing. The scholarships are available to all students, but priority will be given to students with prior involvement with the Environmental Center. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Wednesday, March 23. Selected students will be notified by Thursday, March 24. Please send completed applications to James Taylor.


Give Springs a Break collage

Visit the Florida Springs Institute website for more information and registration

Yoga Park Cleanup
Sponsor: Environmental Center
When: Saturday, March 26, 8-11 a.m.

Where: Memorial Park

Cost: Free


The Environmental Center is incorporating sunrise yoga and cleaning the community into one event. We'll combine the health of the body and the health of the environment. After the yoga session, we'll lead participants in a park cleanup. Water, trash bags and gloves will be provided. Please bring a yoga mat (or towel), sunscreen and a reusable water bottle. 


Students doing yoga on the beach

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Swoopin' Up the Butts

Sponsors: Environmental Center, Department of Health Promotion and Volunteer Services

When: Tuesday, April 12, 4 p.m.

Where: Peace Plaza


Be part of our monthly cigarette butt cleanups to help ensure our campus remains beautiful and litter-free. Cigarette butts are a common type of litter made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that does not decompose and will persist in the environment for years. Together we will be Swoopin' Up the Butts!


No preregistration is required. Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to participate. All supplies will be provided for volunteers. Find this month's Swoopin' Up the Butts Facebook event page for more information. Join us for a kick-butt cleanup! #UNFKicksButts

Swoopin' Up the Butts spring 2016

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Community Corner

St. Johns River Cleanup and Celebration 

When: Saturday, March 19    
Where: Various locations in Duval and Clay Counties
Cost: Free


Beautify your neighborhood and prevent trash from entering storm drains and making it to the river with your community as a kick-off event for the Florida Great American Cleanup. Volunteer at one of the 50 sites throughout Jacksonville and surrounding counties. More information can be found at the St. Johns Riverkeeper website.

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