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Give to the Institute of Environmental Research and Education

It is the goal of the Institute of Environmental Research and Education (IERE) to support the students and faculty at UNF in the pursuit of environmental research and education. In order to accomplish this goal, the IERE relies on the generosity of donors. The IERE would like to thank each and every one of our donors for their generosity and support.


If you are interested in discussing how you can support the IERE, please contact Director of Development for Academic and Student Affairs Kathleen Leone



Annual Giving

The IERE relies on the generosity of alumni and friends to help accomplish its mission. Gifts made to the IERE will support programs enhance a student’s UNF experience through scholarships, student programming, field experiences, and more.


An endowed gift to the IERE demonstrates your commitment to students and faculty at the University by creating a permanent fund that supports environmental research and education.


Named Endowments

  • River Branch Endowment: Endowed by the River Branch Foundation, this endowment supports research development grants for faculty.
  • Raymond D. Bowman Endowment: Endowed by alumni Charles "Chuck" Ged, this endowment supports the development of academic programs and community collaborations.

Community Council

The purpose of this Community Council is to support help the IERE build relationships with the community, support annual fundraising efforts and provide advice to the staff. Through its work, the Community Council will support students through scholarships and the development of unique programs that enhance their UNF experience.

Other Ways to Support

While donations are important, there are plenty of other ways you can support the IERE.

  • Book donations: We collect gently used books and receive a donation through our partner Better World Books. While we prefer recently published textbooks, we do accept all types of books. Books may be dropped off at the IERE office or the drop box conveniently located outside of the UNF Bookstore. Faculty may also request a pickup of books from their office by contacting us
  • Buy our book: Did you know the IERE published a Guidebook to Northeast Florida? Creating an educational resource focused on Northeast Florida was one of the IERE's first big projects. Your purchase of our guidebook will help support more environmental education in Northeast Florida.