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Environmental Education Pavilion

The John M. Golden Education Pavilion

On April 11, 2008, the University of North Florida dedicated the 1,000-square-foot Environmental Education Pavilion to John M. Golden, UNF's first Chief Eco Adventure Ranger and Environmental Educator for almost 20 years. The education pavilion functions as the headquarters for environmental education programs, the annual summer Osprey Eco Camp, and many other University events.


The octagonal shaped pavilion is rustic and constructed from rough wood timbers. Nestled among the green tree canopy on the shoreline of Lake Oneida, the many windows in the pavilion showcase the beauty of the UNF nature Preserve. A wrap-around porch is adorned with rocking chairs and benches. While the pavilion lacks air conditioning, the many windows allow for plenty of air circulation, making the temperature pleasant, even during summer. The pavilion is equipped for internet access via Wi-Fi connections and is set up in a comfortable rustic lodge style. It easily seats 40 people and has a maximum capacity of 70. Restrooms are easily accessible.


The pavilion is located at the edge of the UNF nature Preserve, next to Lot 100 and Parking Services.

Pavilion Rentals

The facility is available for use by University organizations, departments and the general public. The pavilion is generally available for rental on weekdays from 3 PM-10 PM or weekends from 8 AM -10 PM


Staff time will include 30 minutes before the event for any preparation, the duration of the event, and 30 minutes after the event for clean up.


Renting Group 1-4 Hours Daily (4+ Hours)
UNF group (no rental fee for general events) $0 + staff time $0 + staff time
UNF group (when involved in a for-profit fundraising event) $50.00 + staff time $100.00 + staff time
Non-UNF non-profit community group (non-profit # required) $75.00 + staff time $150.00 + staff time
General Public $150.00 + staff time $250.00 + staff time


  • Users are welcome to bring their own food and refreshments or use UNF's preferred vendor, Mayes Catering Services (904) 249-8437.
  • Alcohol is not permitted
  • Users will be billed for all staff time and additional rental fee if the event exceeds the contract time limits.

For more information or to reserve the Golden Pavilion please email us at

Birthday Party Package

Give your child a unique and unforgettable Osprey Party! Let us host your child's birthday party!


In this party package a Ranger will open the Pavilion and give a brief introduction to the Sawmill Slough Preserve, including relevant safety points. Parents and children are then welcome to use the Pavilion and nature Preserve for activities of their choosing.


Our party package is 3 hours and is staffed by 1 Ranger. Price: $150 which includes a $25 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking.


Parties are offered Thursday - Saturday, excluding dates when the University is closed. Thursdays and Fridays parties are offered in the afternoon. On Saturdays parties are offered in the morning and afternoon. Party reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.


Groups 20+ require an additional Ranger and will be charged an additional $10 per hour.


Additional Activities
Green Activity Blue Activity Yellow Activity Purple Activity
Ranger led hike or game: additional $30 Canoeing: additional $60 Ranger led hike & game: additional 60 Ranger led hike or game & canoeing: additional $100


Additional activities can be added on the Osprey Party Package for an additional cost. Activities on the lake include one lifeguard. Games are created by Environmental Education Rangers and will be primarily wildlife focused and age appropriate.


For more information or to make a party reservation, email us at

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