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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 — Applications open

Applications are now being accepting for the 2023 Seed Grants. Two grants in the amount of $10,000 and funds can be used for the purchase of supplies and equipment, associated travel, faculty stipend, publishing fees and student wages. Proposals are reviewed by a committee of UNF faculty and are competitively awarded to the most meritorious proposals. The deadline for applications is Sunday, Nov. 6 at 11:59 p.m. Visit the Seed Grant website for additional information and the grant application.

Kappa Alpha Omicron Honors Society — Applications open

Applications for Kappa Alpha Omicron are now open. The chapter provides students an opportunity to network with others who have academic and professional interests in the environment as well as provide an international network in the growing field of interdisciplinary environmental sciences. Learn more and apply to be a member.

Weekend Field School - Registration Open

The Weekend Field School is an overnight trip at Gold Head Branch State Park where students will help maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail, a 1,500 mile federally designated trail. Students will also learn about potential careers and participate in a bird walk. Registration is $75 and covers all camping, food and transportation costs. Register for the Weekend Field School today! 

J. David Lambert Memorial Environmental Scholarship

We were saddened by the passing of former IERE Director Dr. J. David Lambert in 2021. In recognition of Dr. Lambert's contribution to the students of UNF, a scholarship was established in his name by his family and friends. The scholarship will honor his legacy and will be awarded to students with an expressed interest in sustainability and GIS, both topics about which Lambert was passionate. Information on how to apply for the scholarship will be available in the fall semester. Learn more about Dr. Lambert and the scholarship

Upcoming Events

Volunteers at the beach

Community Cleanup — CANCELLED

Come help keep our waterways clean by participating in a community cleanup. The cleanup will be part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Following the event, volunteers will be able to explore Estuary Fest at the GTM Research Reserve.

PureCycle and Jaguars

Plastic Pollution — PureCycle and Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: Zoom
  • Cost: Free

PureCycle Technologies and the Jacksonville Jaguars are teaming up to help divert over half a million pieces of plastic waste at TIAA Bank Field from being landfilled or flowing into waterways. Learn more about the partnership by reading this article. Join this online workshop featuring Christian Bruey, Global Strategic Initiatives Lead from PureCycle Technologies as he discusses the project. 

Zoom Link

Student in a canoe

Florida Field School — Weekend Field School

  • Date: Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2
  • Location: Gold Head Branch State Park
  • Cost: $75 (UNF-KAO members and LLC students receive a 50% discount)

During this weekend event, students will camp at Gold Head Branch State Park and help maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail, a 1,500 mile federally designated trail beginning at Big Cypress National Preserve and ending at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Students will also learn about careers, such as park ranger, trail management and more.

The registration fee covers all camping, food and transportation costs. Students will be responsible for providing their own camping gear. Students can rent camping equipment at no cost through Eco Adventure.  


Institute of Environmental Research and Education

Faculty Social

Join us for the annual faculty social at the UNF Gallery of Art. The social provides faculty an opportunity to network with IERE staff and faculty board members. In addition, recipients of IERE Seed Grants will be recognized during the event. Light refreshments will be provided.

The event will overlap with the Art, Art History, and Design Annual Faculty Exhibition. While in the gallery, please enjoy the faculty artwork in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video.

Speaker at podium

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.


Park ranger with students

Florida Field School — National Park Service Careers

  • Date: Friday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
  • Cost: $10 (UNF-KAO members and LLC students receive a 50% discount)

Interested in a career in the National Park Service? Join for Field Friday focused on learning about Northeast Florida's only national park and how to start a career with the national park. Participants will enjoy a guided tour, hiking and a career panel.