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Institute of Environmental Research and Education

Institute of Environmental Research and Education

The Institute of Environmental Research and Education (IERE) is housed in Academic and Student Affairs and serves students and faculty from all six UNF colleges. All IERE programs and scholarships are 100% funded by donors and grants. Our mission is to provide opportunities for environmental research and education and develop interdisciplinary programs that enhance the student experience. 


Seed Grants — 2023 Awarded

Two grants in the amount of $10,000 were awarded to faculty for 2023.  Visit the Seed Grant website page to view the current and past award recipients and their funded projects.  Proposals for 2024 funding will be accepted in late fall 2023 for review by a committee of UNF faculty.  They will be competitively awarded to the most meritorious proposals.  Funds awarded can be used for the purchase of supplies and equipment, associated travel, faculty stipend, publishing fees and student wages. 

Upcoming Events

Native pitcher plant growing amongst tall grass.

Pitcher Plant Restoration Volunteer Opportunity

  • Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 9 a.m.
  • Location:  Sawmill Slough Preserve, UNF Lot 100

Join the Institute of Environmental Research and Education, with support from the Florida Native Plant Society, help restore a pitcher plant habitat in the Sawmill Slough Preserve by removing non-native and overgrown plants to enhance the habitat for native plants. 

Bring gloves, your shears or pruners and a water. Dress for the weather & wear closed-toed shoes. No RSVP is required to participate. For additional information contact James W. Taylor at

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Jacksonville Environmental Symposium

The Jacksonville Environmental Symposium presents a unique opportunity for members of the community to interact with the regulatory agencies responsible for developing and implementing environmental policy. The symposium provides valuable opportunities for communication and helps to further the goal of protecting our limited natural resources and improving the quality of life in Northeast Florida.

This event is sponsored by the City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board and Institute of Environmental Research and Education.

Registration will open summer of 2023.