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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. With a focus on environmental research and education, our mission is to provide opportunities for environmental research and education and develop interdisciplinary programs that enhance the student experience. Learn more about the IERE.


Environmental Center becomes the Institute of Environmental Research and Education

The Environmental Center was founded in 2004 with the goal of enhancing the quality and distinctiveness of education by stimulating interdisciplinary teaching and research related to the environment. After 17 years, the Environmental Center is now the Institute of Environmental Research and Education (IERE). The name change will better reflect the Institute's expanded focus on research, curriculum and outreach to students, faculty and the Jacksonville community. Read more about the name change.

IERE launches new Environmental Sustainability LLC

The Institute is excited to announce the launch of our new Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community (LLC) starting in fall 2021. The LLC will bring like-minded first year students together for environmental related programming and education. Learn more about the LLC. 


Upcoming Events

UNF-KAO General Meeting

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

6 p.m.

Location: Student Union, Room TBD

Cost: Open to all students

Join the Kappa Alpha Omicron (KAO) honors society for their first general meeting of the semester! Students will learn more about the organization and how to join. KAO at the University of North Florida Kappa is an honors society associated with the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association and supported by the Institute of Environmental Research and Education.

Field Friday - Coastal and Community Resiliency

Friday, September 10, 2021

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: St. Augustine

Cost: TBD


Field Friday - Wildlife Conservation

Friday, October 8, 2021

Location: White Oak

Cost: TBD

Learn about wildlife conservation at White Oak. Transportation and lunch included.

Jacksonville Environmental Symposium

Friday, October 15, 2021

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center

Cost: $15-50

Sponsors:  City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board and Environmental Center


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.