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Jacksonville, FL 32224
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The St. Johns River Experience (SJRE) is one of the cornerstone programs of the Environmental Center. The SJRE combines classroom work with field experiences. Throughout the semester, students will collect samples in the field, conduct lab work, hear from expert guest speakers and go on community field trips. The highlight of the SJRE is the spring break field experience, where students embark on a journey to explore the St. Johns River. Students will spend their days visiting the majestic springs that feed the river, hiking the watershed and canoeing its winding tributaries. Students who participate will gain a deeper understanding of the St. Johns River and have an opportunity to network with scientists and environmental professionals from around the state.
A limited number of spots available and the application process is competitive. The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. All applicants will be interviewed prior to enrolling in the course.
St. Johns River Experience Student Application
The St. Johns River is one of Florida's most magnificent natural features and was designated by President Clinton as one of only 14 American Heritage Rivers. The St. Johns River is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish including manatees, ospreys, bald eagles, alligators and many, many more. Students will experience the St. Johns River first hand and get a chance to view a wide range of habitats and wildlife throughout. After the experience, students will have deeper connection with the river, Florida and nature as a whole.
Understanding water quality is critical to understanding the health of the St. Johns River. Therefore, every student who enrolls in the St. Johns River Experience will participate in both field collections and laboratory work. Students will test water samples for a variety of parameters and present their findings to fellow students. In addition, students will learn from some of the leading scientists working on management and restoration efforts.
In order to fully appreciate the St. Johns River, a number of trips are planned throughout the watershed so students can fully experience the impressive river. Students will spend their days visiting springs and exploring tributaries that feed the St. Johns River. Many of these trips are off the beaten path and allow students to experience some of the most beautiful and unique natural features associated with the St. Johns River.
The St. Johns River is not only beautiful, but it is also extremely rich with history and culture. Students will hear from artists and musicians who draw inspiration from the St. Johns River and even create some of the own art!
Throughout the St. Johns River Experience, students will have opportunities to interact with experts from around the state. Each day will feature a different speaker, which means one day you could learn about the rich history and the next how pollution adversely affects the river.
James W. Taylor, Environmental Center
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