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 Calendar of Events

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


Visit these UNF departments for additional on-campus events: 

Faculty Social

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Location: UNF Gallery of Art (2/1001)

Cost: Free

Join us for our 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.

Field Friday - Wildlife Conservation

Friday, October 8, 2021

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: White Oak

Cost: $20


Wildlife conservation is a diverse field that includes professionals from biology, engineering, psychology, education and more. This Field Friday will introduce students to wildlife conservation careers by visiting White Oak, a one-of-a-kind center for conservation located in Northeast Florida. White Oak is dedicated to the conservation and care of endangered and threatened species and partners with wildlife agencies here and abroad. 


Participants will enjoy a guided tour through the White Oak facility where they will learn about specific conservation needs of animals such as rhinoceros, elephants, cheetahs and Florida panthers. After the tour, participants will enjoy lunch and then attend a panel discussion on conservation careers. The registration fee covers transportation and lunch. Due to the remote location of White Oak, students must travel with the IERE unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Ending Plastic Workshop with Beyond Plastics

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

6 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to anyone

Zoom Link

The Institute of Environmental Research and Education will be hosting a virtual workshop featuring Alexa Goldsmith from Beyond Plastics. The workshop will focus on the topics of false solutions to the plastic crisis and expand upon current legislative efforts.


This event is part of a NOAA Marine Debris Program grant focused on reducing single-use plastic consumption and fostering long-term pro-environmental behaviors among undergraduates in coastal communities. The goal is to reduce generation of marine debris in those areas over time. This cleanup is also part of the International Costal Cleanup.

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.

Community Cleanup

Saturday, October 23, 2021

10 a.m. to noon

Location: Reddie Point Preserve

Cost: Free and open to all


Join the Institute of Environmental Research and Education for cleanup at Reddie Park Preserve. This cleanup is part of a NOAA Marine Debris Program grant focused on reducing single-use plastic consumption and fostering long-term pro-environmental behaviors among undergraduates in coastal communities.


Volunteers will be collecting trash and debris found in the park and along the St. Johns River, with a focus on single-use plastic items. Volunteers will also help sort and weight the collected items.


COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

  • Wear a face mask or cloth face cover – You are expected to cover your mouth and nose with a face mask or cloth face cover when in groups or indoors.
  • Practice social distancing -Try limiting interactions with people you are normally around with while maintaining social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often - Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and if soap and water is not available use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Stay home if you are sick - Monitor your health and stay home if you are feeling sick or test positive for COVID-19.
  • Avoid carpooling - Carpool only with people you know well and feel comfortable with about their health status. 

For more information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the Florida Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.