Upcoming Events

Find information about upcoming environmental programs, lectures, workshops and other events on campus and in the Jacksonville communityIf you would like to add an event to our webpage, please send event details to ecenter@unf.edu  

For additional events happening in the Jacksonville area, check out these great organizations:

Duval Audubon

Northeast Florida Association for Environmental Professionals (NEFAEP) 


St. Johns River Alliance

St. Johns Riverkeeper 

Surfrider Foundation First Coast Chapter

UNF Ogier Gardens

US Green Building Council (USGBC) North Florida Chapter

Give Springs a Break

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 2015-04-12

Location: Ginnie Springs

Cost: $65 2-night camping, $50 1-night camping, $35 Saturday only

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Join college students from around the state at Ginnie Springs for a weekend of fun and springs education. The event will feature two nights of camping, campfires, swimming in the springs, tubing down the Sante Fe River and educational talks about Florida springs. Give Springs a Break is geared toward students in environmental related degree programs, but is open to all students


The Environmental Center will be offering a limited number of scholarships to cover the cost of registration. Scholarship applicants must be available to attend the entire weekend. For more information, contact James Taylor by 5 p.m. Friday, April 3. 


The Florida Springs Institute (FSI) is named after the late Dr. Howard T. Odum, the Father of Springs Ecology, who first called the world's attention to the majesty and mystery of these unique and complex ecosystems. Dr. Robert L. Knight, executive director of FSI, studied under the direction of Dr. Odum and has conducted follow-up studies of the ecology of 18 major springs in Florida.

Climate Change and Its Effects on Wildlife

Monday, April 13, 2015
7 p.m.

Location: Building 43, Adam W. Herbert University Center, Room 1058

Cost: Free

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4.13.15 Sierra Club/Climate Change & Wildlife The Environmental Center and Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group will host a lecture by Carolyn Antman, member of the Florida Audubon Board of Directors. The talk will discuss a 2014 National Audubon Society scientific paper regarding birds and climate change, including changing food supplies and possible new migration routes. Discover what it may mean for birds in local backyards and what can be done to facilitate habitats in the changing climate.

Earth Day Cleanup along McCoys Creek

Saturday, April 18, 2015
10 a.m. to noon

Location: Hollybrook Park, 319 Cherokee St., Jacksonville, FL

4.18.15 McCoys Creek Join the Environmental Center and St. Johns Riverkeeper for a cleanup along McCoys Creek, which flows directly into the St. Johns River. The cleanup will also feature an invasive plant workshop hosted by the First Coast Invasive Working Group. No registration required. Volunteers will meet at the intersection of Heywood Dowling St. and King St.

State of the Preserve

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
4-6 p.m.

Location: Building 2, Gallery of Art, Room 1001

Cost: Free and open to everyone

Join the UNF Environmental Center for a year-end social with short presentations about projects in the Sawmill Slough Preserve. The Preserve Digital Archive will be presented by Dr. Stuart Chalk, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Justin Lemmons, Environmental Center Ecologist. History Graduate student, Shannon Campbell, will discuss The History of the Preserve. Come learn about the opportunities and resources the Preserve offers, and what you can do to become part of the Preserve and Environmental Center team. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. Consumption of alcohol is limited to adults age 21 and older. Proper ID is required.

Earth Day Screening of 'Clean Bin Project'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6 p.m.

Location: Sun-Ray Cinema

Cost: $10 adults, $7 seniors and students

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4.22.15 USGBC Green Carpet Clean Bin Project Come out to Sun-Ray Cinema for a screening of 'Clean Bin Project' hosted by the Environmental Center and US Green Building Council North Florida Chapter. In this multi-award winning festival favorite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the waste problem.