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Programs and Resources

Our education programs are designed to connect students and educators to the magnificent St. Johns River and inspire the next generation of life-long river advocates.

To book a program or for more information contact Jennie Busey by email jennie@stjohnsriverkeeper.org or phone (904) 256-7022.

Programs for Your Class or Group

Can You Swim Like A Manatee And Bark Like An Otter?  
Even our youngest students need to know they play a big part in keeping our river healthy. In your classroom, we will introduce our young audience to a few animal species through books, imaginative movement, and sounds. After meeting these animals, we a will talk about what we can do every day to help keep these animals and their homes healthy and happy.
Designed for Pre-kindergarten (3/4) and Kindergarten
Up to 30 participants, 30 minutes
Suggested Donation $50

My St. Johns River 
Let’s talk about why our St Johns River is the most important natural resource in Jacksonville. In your classroom, we will talk about the distinguished history, essential ecology, economic importance, and issues facing our St. Johns River. Hands on activities available.
Designed for 1st-12th Grade (program will be adjusted based on age of participants)
Up to 40 participants, 30 to 45 minute presentation
Suggested Donation $50

Go Take A Hike! 
Let’s head outside for a 1 hour guided stroll along the banks of the St. Johns River or one of its tributaries. While we are enjoying the outdoors we will talk about The history, ecology, and issues facing our St. Johns River. Hands on activities available. 
Designed for 1st-12th grade (program will be adjusted based on age of participants) 
Up to 40 participants, 1 hour
Suggested Donation $150

All Aboard For A River Exploration 
Hop aboard a 45-foot pontoon boat for a one-of-a-kind river experience! This guided tour of the St. Johns River and tributaries will take you on an ecological journey of Jacksonville’s most important natural resource. While aboard we will look for local wildlife and discuss current issues facing the river. Hands on activities available. 
Designed for 4th –12th grade (program will be adjusted based on age of participants) 
Up to 60 passengers, 2 hours
Minimum Suggested Donation, $700

Please, Take Out The Trash! 
There is no better way to have an immediate and direct positive impact on our St. Johns River than participating in a river clean up. We guide you through a safe and meaningful river clean up while also discussing current issues affecting the health of the St Johns.
Designed for 3rd-12th grade (program will be adjusted based on age of participants) 
Up to 50 participants, 1.5 hours
Suggested Donation, $100

Come to Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute
Let us design a program for you at the JU Marine Science Research Institute, located right on the St. Johns River. All ages can benefit from a visit to this remarkable facility. Every program held at the MSRI are designed specifically for your group, so if you would like to schedule a program here at JU please contact Jennie Busey for details.
Rates and participation number vary based on the chosen program.

Education Resources

Reading Jane Wood’s Trouble on the St Johns River?
Our films My St. Johns River, Our Responsibility and The Green Monster mesh perfectly with this book. Supporting activities and outreach suggestions are also available.

Elementary Grades Lesson Plan
This activity is designed to illustrate: the importance of the St. Johns River, the many different uses of water, active ways of conserving water at home, and the important role that storm drains play in the quality of our water.

Middle Grades Lesson Plan
This case study, “Our River System in Peril” addresses issues and concerns right in our student’s backyard. The lesson and activities are designed to engage students in issues that effect them and develop real-world problem-solving skills. This case study will empower students to take action and promote positive change in the world around them.

Green Monster Documentary
The massive toxic algae bloom of the summer of 2005 was a wake-up call for many that our St. Johns River is sick. The algae bloom was a signal to public officials and the community that immediate action must be taken if we are to restore the river's health. The Green Monster documents this unprecedented event, examining the cause of the algae bloom and the significant impacts of the bloom on our environment, economy, and even our own health. The documentary also educates viewers about what they can do to help protect the St. Johns River.
Click Here To Watch

Revenge of the River Documentary    
Revenge of the River is an educational documentary film project from St. Johns Riverkeeper that raises awareness about the problems facing the St. Johns River and what needs to be done to restore its health. Revenge of the River begins by updating viewers about what has taken place since the massive “Green Monster” algae bloom of  2005.  As a result of the Green Monster, awareness and concern within the community are at an all-time high and government officials have drafted a restoration plan for the St. Johns, the St. Johns River Accord. But, have we done  enough? Will these efforts result in a clean and healthy St. Johns River?
Click Here To Watch

Additional Resources

St. Johns Water Management District Water education activities, STEM Resource Center, & teacher resources

South Florida Water Management District Teacher and student resources

Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative and Curriculum Lesson plans

Florida Geography, History & Culture Lesson plan

Florida Waters  A Resource Manual Guide to the history & ecology

"The Fragile Fringe: A Guide for Teaching About Coastal Wetlands"
University of Central Florida 
 Stormwater Education Kit Lesson plans

The Living by Water Project Wetland-related educational resources

SJRWMD Water Education Site Games, activities & teacher resources

Splash! SWFWMD Water-conservation education

River of Words Nature exploration & the arts

League of Environmental Educators in Florida
North American Association for Environmental Education

Education Resources Teacher resources & printable materials

Water Sourcebooks K-12 Fact sheets and activities

Florida’s Springs Teacher and student activities

FDEP Water’s Journey Online expedition through Florida’s waters

Water's Journey  The River Returns History, ecology & issues

Project Wet Florida-based Water Education for Teachers

Earth Force – Protecting our Watersheds Curriculum & materials

Project Learning Tree Multidisciplinary environmental education

Healthy Water, Healthy People Water-quality curriculum

Florida Master Naturalist Program Professional Development

Guana Tolomoto Matanzas Reserve (GTMR Environmental Education Center
Pelotes Island Nature Preserve
Field trip & group programs

Tree Hill Nature Center Guided tours and programs

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