Education

Education Programs

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.

River Ecology

Let’s explore the ecology of the St. Johns River through an interactive and hands-on learning experience. Your students will learn about the adaptations of different plants and animals that help them live in and around the river. Build a healthy environment by becoming native organisms and connect them together through the food chain. We will discuss human impacts and ways each of us can do our part to take care of our waterways and preserve a home for our animal friends.
Designed for PreK-2nd Grade (program will be adjusted based on age of participants)
Up to 40 participants, 30 to 45 minute presentation

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 3rd-12th Grade (program will be adjusted based on age of participants)
Up to 25 participants, 30 to 45 minute presentation

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

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
This program does have a cost to charter the vessel.

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

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 emily@stjohnsriverkeeper.org for details.
Rates and participation number vary based on the chosen program.

To book a program or for more information contact Emily Floore by email at emily@stjohnsriverkeeper.org or phone (904) 256-7022.

River Exploration Backpack Project

Ever wonder how you and your students can make a difference in the health of our local environment? Through the River Exploration Backpack Project, students monitor water quality of the St. Johns River and share their data with other participating schools.

Want to participate?

Schools are asked to test water quality at your assigned site once a month with their class or club and share collected data with Emily Floore our Education Director. Participating schools will have access to all the compiled data. St. Johns Riverkeeper will provide testing equipment and supporting educational materials. Emily Floore will visit your class and help train students on the equipment. Additionally, she will be available for assistance throughout the year.

All research and discussions are designed to be student driven. Students currently participating in the program have enjoyed the research and have been motivated to organize other river awareness projects like cleanups and science nights.

Project Materials

Notebook Data Sheets

Exploration Backpack Project Video 

Exploration Backpack Project Video Worksheet 

For more information contact Emily Floore by email emily@stjohnsriverkeeper.org or phone (904) 256-7022.